Emmy Awards 2020, a list of winners from the 72nd Primetime ceremony

Emmy Awards 2020, a list of winners from the 72nd Primetime ceremony

“Well, hello, and welcome to the Pand-Emmys.” – Jimmy Kimmel, host of this year’s Emmy Awards, which took place (like most things of late) online

This year’s Emmy Awards had host Jimmy Kimmel asking, “Why?” In particular, why go on with the Emmy Awards in the middle of a health crisis and climate emergency? “It might seem frivolous and unnecessary to do this during a global pandemic,” he said, sharpening a barb. “But you know what else seems frivolous and unnecessary? Doing it every other year.”

The answer to “why” offered up by the host (for this year’s ceremony, anyway) was “fun.”

“What is happening tonight is not important. It’s not going to stop COVID,” he said. “It’s not going to put out the fires, but it’s fun. And right now, we need fun. My God, do we need fun.”

Jennifer Aniston helping Jimmy Kimmel during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.
Jennifer Aniston helping Jimmy Kimmel during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.

Kimmell hosted the 72nd Emmy Awards from a nearly empty Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, where he was joined by DJ D-Nice and screens beaming in live feeds of nominees across the globe.

Notable moments included “Schitt’s Creek” sweeping up every award in the evening’s comedy category (with Catherine O’Hara winning her first Emmy for acting). Combined with picking up two prizes at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last week, the show nabbed a total of nine Emmys this year, taking the rank as the most decorated comedy series in a single year.

Catherine O'Hara accepting her award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy. Photo: ABC.
Catherine O’Hara accepting her award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy. Photo: ABC.

Both “Succession” and “Watchmen” took top slots in Drama and Limited Series, with Regina King picking up a win for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in “Watchmen” — marking the fourth Emmy of her career and tying her with Alfre Woodard for the record of most acting Emmys won by a Black performer. Zendaya took home the best actress award for Drama, making her the youngest to win in the category.

A full list of the Emmy winners can be found here, with Sunday’s top categories below.

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy
Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy
Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Writing, Comedy
Daniel Levy for “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

Daniel Levy at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.
Daniel Levy at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.

Outstanding Directing, Comedy
Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy for “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy
Daniel Levy as David Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy
Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose in “Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Limited Series
“Watchmen”

Outstanding Lead Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Regina King as Angela Abar/Sister Night in “Watchmen”

Regina King during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.
Regina King during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.

Outstanding Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Mark Ruffalo as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey in “I Know This Much Is True”

Outstanding Writing, Limited Series or TV Movie
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”)

Outstanding Directing, Limited Series, TV Movie or Dramatic Special
Maria Schrader for “Unorthodox”

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in “Watchmen”

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm in “Mrs. America”

Uzo Aduba during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.
Uzo Aduba during the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards. Photo: ABC.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Succession”

Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama
Zendaya as Rue in “Euphoria”

Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy in “Succession”

Outstanding Writing, Drama
Jesse Armstrong for “Succession” (“This is Not For Tears”)

Outstanding Directing, Drama
Andrij Parekh for “Succession” (“Hunting”)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama
Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison in “The Morning Show”

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore in “Ozark”

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

Outstanding Competition Program
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Top Image: Zendaya during the Emmy Awards 2020. Photo: ABC.