Everything You Need To Know About The 2020 Emmy Awards

Virtual events are the norm in the pandemic-ridden world of 2020, so it’s no surprise that the Emmy Awards decided to hold a largely virtual event for the highly anticipated ceremony.

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Some changes to the show’s format were expected, and while we won’t be able to tally up a ‘Best Matching Mask and Outfit’ list- we’re just glad we get a little bit of Hollywood back during these tumultuous times.

“You can’t have a virus without a host,” said Emmy Award Show host Jimmy Kimmel as he presided over a mostly virtual, socially-distanced audience. Audiences from around the world were able to tune into the Emmy’s as they were being streamed lived from the Staple Centre. The enormity of the Staple Centre allowed for numerous wiring connections in and out, which meant that nominees could beam in from the comfort of their home.


The highlights included:

  • ‘Shitt’s Creek’ broke a record with seven Primetime awards and nine Emmys in total in the comedy categories.
  • Zendaya also made history by becoming the youngest winner for best lead actress in a drama for her role as ‘Rue’ in Euphoria: a win that was celebrated overwhelmingly on social media.
  • Billy Porter, Lin-Manual Miranda, and others called on Hollywood to become more inclusive with ‘more than a splash of colour on your white canvas.”
  • The awkward laughter that typically follows cringey banter fell flat, considering Kimmel’s social distancing jokes were told to an almost entirely empty arena.
  • There were countless essential-worker tributes.
  • H.E.R performed an incendiary cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ for the In Memoriam tribute.
  • And Sterling K.Brown presented the award for best drama with a clumsy bit ‘un-thanking’ the major players of 2020. “Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank you to Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country..” he said.

At the end of the day, the Emmys did what we’re all attempting to do during this pandemic: the best it could.



Take a look at the full list of 2020 Emmy Winners below.


Best Actress, Comedy

WINNER: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Issa Rae, Insecure


Best Actor, Comedy

WINNER: Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Ramy Youssef, Ramy


Television Movie

WINNER: “Bad Education” (HBO)

American Son (Netflix)

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)


Variety Sketch Series

WINNER: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)


Reality Host

WINNER: RuPaul, “Drag Race”

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It


Structured Reality Program

WINNER: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)

Love Is Blind (Netflix)

Shark Tank (ABC)

A Very Brady Renovation (HGTV)


Unstructured Reality Program

WINNER: “Cheer” (Netflix)

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Lunch Break and Pasta Night (Food Network)

Kevin Hart: Don’t F** This Up (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)

We’re Here (HBO)



Guest Actress, Comedy Documentary or Nonfiction Series

WINNER: “The Last Dance” (ESPN)

American Masters (PBS)

Hillary (Hulu)

McCmillion$ (HBO)

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness (Netflix)


Documentary or Nonfiction Special

WINNER: “The Apollo” (HBO)

Beastie Boys Story (Apple TV +)

Becoming (Netflix)

The Great Hack (Netflix)

Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time (EPIX)


Animated Program

WINNER: “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim)

Big Mouth (Netflix)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

The Simpsons (Fox)


Writing for a Comedy Series

WINNER: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, What We Do in The Shadows

Tony McNamara, The Great

Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows

Michael Schur, The Good Place

Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows

David West Read, Schitt’s Creek


Directing for a Variety Series

WINNER: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Eddie Murphy”)

Dime Davis, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Linda Mendoza, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

David Paul Meyer, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver


Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: Regina King, “Watchmen”

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere


Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood


Best Comedy

WINNER: “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

The Good Place (NBC)

Insecure (HBO)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

What We Do In The Shadows (FX)


Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

WINNER: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Watchmen”

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jim Parsons, Hollywood


Variety Talk Series

WINNER: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Centre)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live!(ABC)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)


Supporting Actress, Comedy

WINNER: Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live


Supporting Actor, Comedy

WINNER: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live


Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie

WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America


Directing for a Comedy Series

WINNER: Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

James Burrows, Will and Grace

Gail Mancuso, Modern Family

Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Matt Shakman, The Great

Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Ramy Youssef, Ramy


Best Limited Series

WINNER: “Watchmen” (HBO)

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Mrs America (FX)

Unbelievable (Netflix)

Unorthodox (Netflix)


Best Actress, Drama

WINNER: Zendaya, “Euphoria”

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve


Best Actor, Drama

WINNER: Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose


Supporting Actor, Drama

WINNER: Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld


Reality Competition Program

WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

The Masked Singer (Fox)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)


Directing for a Drama Series

WINNER: Andrij Parekh, “Succession” (“Hunting”)

Benjamin Caron, The Crown

Jessica Hobbs, The Crown

Mimi Leder, The Morning Show

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland

Mark Mylod, Succession

Alik Sakharov, Ozark

Ben Semanoff, Ozark


Supporting Actress, Drama

WINNER: Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Sarah Snook, Succession

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale


Best Drama

WINNER: “Succession” (HBO)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)

Ozark (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)


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