“The world may be terrible but television has never been better.” This is a line from Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue for the 2020 Emmys and we couldn’t sum up this wacko year any better. The whole opening’s well worth a watch as Kimmel embraces the oddness of hosting a pandemic-friendly awards show.
After earning a tonne of nominations for its sixth season—which, in sad news for fans, will be its last—Schitt’s Creek swept the field and scored in all seven comedy categories. The cult favourite won best series, best lead and supporting actor and actress, as well as best directing and writing.
– BEST COMEDY SERIES
– LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
– LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
– SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
– SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
– DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
– WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Leading this year’s Emmy nominations, Watchmen was the show to beat, boldly continuing on from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking comics. Little surprise then, that it has won a number of key Emmys—including the big one, Outstanding Limited Series, as well as Outstanding Lead Actress for Regina King, Supporting Actor for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II & Writing (and a music win getting Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross one step closer to a coveted EGOT)
“What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians?” creator Damon Lindelof pondered in the lead-up to the show, considering how to mirror one of the key elements of the comic. “It is race and the police.”
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Lindelof conceived an intriguing alternative present and as we put it at the time, the new series understood what made the original so special. Not nihilistic violence, not a naked blue dude, but in how it examined power, hubris and big ideas, and invigorated the tired roles of heroes and villains—with the comics’ approach to challenging superhero archetypes turned on the source material itself by Lindelof.
Here’s Lindelof’s powerful acceptance speech:
Here’s Regina King accepting her award, thanking her team, and telling you to vote:
And for the record…
Regina King! 2015 – Emmy for American Crime 2016 – Emmy for American Crime 2018 – Emmy for Seven Seconds 2019 – Oscar for If Beale Street Could Talk 2020 – Emmy for Watchmen!!#Emmyspic.twitter.com/ciY72qANIr
– OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
– OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS (REGINA KING), LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR (YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II), LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING WRITING, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
– OUTSTANDING FANTASY/SCI-FI COSTUMES
– OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION (TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS) FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
– OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
– OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Continuing its dominant winning streak from the Golden Globes, the vicious second season of the comedic empire drama added a number of Emmys to its awards collection. This includes Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, Writing & Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong (beating fellow co-star Brian Cox).
What may have seemed like a satire about the Murdochs when it commenced has proved to be so much more, a show with razor-sharp writing and equally honed narrative blades ready to be plunged between the shoulder blades of rivals. As Paul Casserly said of the first season: “The wrestle that unfolds is lovely dirty fun, the comedy so dark it’s almost hidden.”
Any fear Succession might explode on the launch pad evaporated in its second season, which built upon the first in everything from plot twists to shock value, terrible raps and awkward scenes on super-yachts, with the show’s top-drawer cast wringing new loathsome lows and comedy heights from their characters.
Check out the on-brand “unthank you” speech for Outstanding Drama Series:
And here’s a succinct breakdown to how Strong got the Emmy:
– OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR (JEREMY STRONG), DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING DIRECTING, DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING WRITING, DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING CASTING, DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS (CHERRY JONES), DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING, DRAMA SERIES
One of the big upsets of the night, Zendaya snagged Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the hard-hitting coming-of-age series about high school students navigating love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media. Find out more from Flicks’ Katie Parker about why it may be the most shocking (and shockingly real) teen show of the decade.
Perhaps no one’s more shocked this decade than Zendaya herself when accepting her award.
The complete list of Euphoria wins:
– OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS (ZENDAYA), DRAMA SERIES
– OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MAKEUP (NON-PROSTHETIC)
– OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
John Oliver has never been more relevant or watchable. His seventh season has scored him a number of Emmys including the big one: Outstanding Variety Talk Show. This year has been in desperate need of hard-hitting satirical news coverage, and Oliver has blessed us with awards-calibre commentary once again.
Watch Oliver accept his award from a “magic” box:
The complete list of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver wins:
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SHOW
– OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR VARIETY PROGRAMMING
– OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES
– OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
To round things off, here’s this year’s moving In Memoriam section: