By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Media household saga “Succession,” dystopian drama “Watchmen” and feel-good comedy “Schitt’s Creek” dominated the Emmy Awards on Sunday in a present sprinkled with jokes concerning the coronavirus pandemic, political jibes and appeals for racial justice.
“Good day, and welcome to the PandEmmys!,” stated host Jimmy Kimmel, opening the present, the place most celebrities took half remotely from their sofas and backyards wearing quite a lot of robes, hoodies and sleepwear.
“It appears frivolous and pointless to do that throughout a worldwide pandemic,” Kimmel stated as he opened the reside present from Los Angeles.
“What’s occurring tonight shouldn’t be essential. It isn’t going to cease COVID. It isn’t going to place out the fires, however it’s enjoyable. And proper now we want enjoyable. … This has been a depressing 12 months. It has been a 12 months of division, injustice (and) illness,” he added.
HBO’s “Succession,” the wickedly juicy story of a fractious media household, was named greatest drama sequence, whereas Jeremy Robust received greatest actor for his function as a downtrodden son. “Succession’s seven-Emmy haul included writing and directing.
In one of the pointed acceptance speeches of the evening, “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong made a sequence of what he referred to as “un-thank yous.”
“Un-thank you to the virus for protecting us all aside this 12 months. Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank you to (British Prime Minister) Boris Johnson and his authorities for doing the identical in my nation. Un-thank you to all of the nationalist and form of quasi-nationalist governments on the planet who’re precisely the alternative of what we want proper now,” stated Armstrong.
HBO’s alternative-reality present “Watchmen,” infused with racial themes, received for greatest restricted sequence, whereas actress Regina King received for her lead efficiency because the present’s kick-ass police detective.
“Watchmen” was the evening’s largest winner with a complete of 11 Emmys, together with technical awards handed out final week. HBO was the most important total winner, with 30 Emmys, adopted by Netflix (NASDAQ:) with 21.
“Watchmen” creator Damon Lindelof devoted his Emmy to the victims and survivors of the 1921 bloodbath of the Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which partly impressed the sequence.
A number of celebrities, together with King, presenter Sterling Okay. Brown, and “Mrs. America” supporting actress winner Uzo Aduba, wore Black Lives Matter-themed t-shirts or urged viewers to vote within the Nov. three U.S. elections.
“Schitt’s Creek,” a sleeper hit on the small Pop TV community a few rich household compelled to reside in a rundown motel, received a complete of 9 Emmys, together with greatest comedy sequence in addition to performing awards for Canadian stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, his son Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy.
The coronavirus pandemic meant no purple carpet and no bodily viewers. As an alternative, producers despatched digital camera 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 “Schitt’s Creek” winners received their trophies delivered to them in a restaurant-style setup in Ontario, Canada, by an individual wearing a customized hazmat go well with, designed to resemble a tuxedo.
The largest shock of the evening got here when former Disney Channel actress Zendaya, 24, was named greatest drama actress for taking part in a teen drug addict in HBO’s “Euphoria,” beating presumed favorites Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Present.”)
“Final Week Tonight with John Oliver” was named greatest selection discuss sequence for the fifth successive 12 months, and the British comic accepted sporting a purple Liverpool soccer shirt in honor of his favourite British crew.