Quirky comedy Schitt’s Creek, media household saga Succession and dystopian drama Watchmen dominated the Emmy Awards on Sunday in a present the place the coronavirus pandemic meant most celebrities internationally took half from their sofas or small occasions of their very own.
“Whats up, and welcome to the PandEmmys!,” stated Jimmy Kimmel, as he opened the present, peppering the occasion with a number of skits and jokes about life below lockdown.
HBO’s Succession, the story of a strong, backstabbing media household, was named greatest drama collection, whereas Jeremy Robust gained greatest actor for his function as a downtrodden son. Succession additionally gained for writing and directing.
The most important shock of the evening got here when former Disney Channel actress Zendaya, 24, was named greatest actress in a drama for taking part in a teen drug addict in HBO’s Euphoria, beating front-runners Laura Linney (Ozark) and Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Present).
Schitt’s Creek, a sleeper hit a couple of rich household pressured to dwell in a rundown motel that acquired consideration when it was picked up by Netflix, gained all seven comedy awards together with greatest collection.
HBO’s Watchmen, a superhero collection tackling racism in america, gained for greatest restricted collection, wth stars Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II choosing up performing awards. Watchmen additionally gained for writing.
Creator Damon Lindelof devoted the Emmy to the victims and survivors of the 1921 bloodbath of the Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which partly impressed the collection.
“The one method to put the fires out is to struggle them collectively,” Lindelof stated.
“Historical past is thriller – it is damaged into 1,000,000 puzzle items. We all know discovering them will harm. Typically we triggered that harm, possibly we even benefitted from it,” added Lindelof, who’s white.
The collection, which made its debut final 12 months, depicts white supremacists, police brutality and rows about mask-wearing – all topics of intensely polarised debate because the US gears up for November’s presidential election.
“Have a voting plan,” stated King, as she collected her award.
The coronavirus pandemic meant no crimson carpet and no bodily viewers for the present, which was broadcast dwell on ABC from the empty Staples Heart theatre in Los Angeles.
Producers despatched digicam kits and microphones to all of the nominees, scattered in 125 locations world wide, who selected how and the place they needed to be seen.
The winners have been handed trophies in quite a lot of methods – deliverymen knocking on entrance doorways, a “decapitated hand” rising from a mysterious field, as winner John Oliver known as it – whereas presenters included on a regular basis heroes comparable to a medical employee, a instructor and even an astronaut.