By LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek,” the little Canadian present a few fish-out-of-water household, made historical past at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, one thing even TV greats together with “Frasier” and “Fashionable Household” failed to realize.
Zendaya, 24, turned the youngest lead drama actress winner for her position as a troubled teenager in “Euphoria.”
“I do know this looks like a extremely bizarre time to be celebrating,” Zendaya mentioned. “However I simply wish to say there’s hope within the younger folks on the market. I do know our TV present doesn’t all the time really feel like an incredible instance of that,” however thanked younger folks on the market “doing the work.”
“Succession,” a household energy battle over a media empire, was honored as greatest drama sequence, and creator Jesse Armstrong used the chance to supply “unthanks,” together with to President Donald Trump for what Armstrong referred to as his “crummy” dealing with of the pandemic.
“Succession” star Jeremy Sturdy gained the drama actor trophy for his position as an aspiring inheritor.
The awards for Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” included greatest comedy sequence and trophies for its stars, together with Catherine O’Hara and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy.
“It’s completely unbelievable. I believe my dad mentioned it greatest earlier this night: it’s a dream you don’t wish to get up from, to be trustworthy. What a fully unbelievable approach to finish our sequence,” Daniel Levy mentioned backstage.
In his acceptance speech, he mentioned the sitcom was about “the transformational results of affection and acceptance, and that is one thing we’d like extra now than ever earlier than,” encouraging folks to register and vote to realize that objective.
Different winners, together with “Watchmen” star Regina King, made a degree that the Nov. three basic election was close to.
All of the winners accepted their awards just about within the pandemic-safe ceremony, together with O’Hara, however she wasn’t alone.
“Although these are the strangest of days, could you could have as a lot pleasure being holed up in a room or two with your loved ones as I had with my pricey Roses,” O’Hara mentioned, surrounded in a adorned room by mask-wearing co-stars who play the Rose members of the family.
Levy referred to as it “ironical that the straightest position I ever performed lands me an Emmy for a comedy efficiency. I’ve to significantly query what I’ve been doing” for the previous 50 years.
Moments later, his son gained the award for comedy writing for “Schitt’s Creek” episode, then shared a directing award and captured the supporting actor comedy trophy. The supporting actress trophy went to his co-star Annie Murphy.
Daniel Levy thanked his father and O’Hara for educating an prolonged “grasp class” in comedy. The present’s sweep got here for its much-acclaimed closing season.
References to coronavirus had been an ongoing a part of the ceremony, with important employees — together with a instructor and a UPS deliveryman — presenting awards and Jason Sudeikis ostensibly getting a COVID-19 take a look at onstage.
In a yr with a report variety of Black nominees, 35, there was a notable lack of range within the present’s early going. With “Schitt’s Creek” gobbling up comedy awards, that left “Insecure” and creator Issa Rae empty-handed Sunday.
That was additionally true of Ramy Youssef, creator-star of the semi-autbiographical comedy “Ramy,” a few younger Muslim American’s love and non secular life. Yousef tweeted a video of a haz-mat suit-wearing particular person clutching an Emmy and waving goodbye after he misplaced the misplaced the comedy actor class.
There was an indication of change with the drama awards, which got here within the latter a part of the ceremony.
The highly effective sequence “Watchmen,” a graphic novel-adaptation steeped in racial ache, was voted greatest restricted sequence and King gained lead actress for her work on the HBO present. She was showered by confetti as she accepted in an armchair, sporting a T-shirt that honored police taking pictures sufferer Breonna Taylor.
“That is so freaky and bizarre,” mentioned King, who regained her composure and referred to as on viewers to vote and, backstage, defined why she wore the message shirt.
“The cops nonetheless haven’t been held accountable,” she mentioned. “She represents simply many years, tons of of years of violence towards Black our bodies. Sporting Breonna’s likeness and representing her and her household and the tales that we had been exploring, presenting and holding a mirror as much as on ‘Watchmen,’ it felt acceptable to characterize with Breonna Taylor.”
Her co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, gained the Emmy for greatest supporting actor in a restricted sequence. Uzo Aduba gained the counterpart actress award for her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm in “Mrs. America.”
Anthony Anderson, a nominee for “black-ish,” got here on stage to make his disappointment vigorously identified, saying the awards ought to have been “Howard College homecoming Black.”
“This isn’t what it ought to have been. … However Black tales, Black performances and Black Lives Matter,” he mentioned, urging host Jimmy Kimmel to shout with him.
Tyler Perry, the actor turned media mogul, accepted the Governors Award.
Supporting drama awards went to Billy Crudup for “The Morning Present” and repeat winner Julia Garner for “Ozark.”
“Final Week Tonight with John Oliver” was once more honored as greatest variety-talk sequence, with David Letterman saying the award after being deserted roadside by an aggravated ride-share driver.
Oliver joined the ranks of winners calling for Individuals to vote, as did Mark Ruffalo, who gained the restricted sequence appearing trophy for “I Know This A lot is True”
Kimmel opened the present with a monologue that gave the impression to be defiantly delivered in entrance of a packed, cheering theater — till it was revealed they had been clips from previous Emmy reveals.
“After all I’m right here on their own. After all, we don’t have an viewers,” he mentioned. “This isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys.”
With greater than 100 long-distance video feeds with nominees forward, “what might probably go proper?”
A minor gaffe marred Saturday’s digital Emmys for technical and different honors, when Jason Bateman’s identify was introduced for a visitor appearing award that belonged to Ron Cephas Jones of “This Is Us.” Different visitor appearing honors went to Eddie Murphy and Maya Rudolph for “Saturday Evening Reside” and Cherry Jones for “Succession.”
Bateman was one of many few folks readily available on the Staples Middle for Sunday’s present, sitting within the viewers throughout Kimmel’s opening monologue. Bateman sat stone confronted amid a group of cardboard cutouts, buying and selling jokes with Kimmel after the host identified he was there.