The 72nd “pand-Emmys”

On September 20th in downtown Los Angeles, the Emmys made a comeback for it’s 72nd year, even with the 2020 circumstances. Kicking off with the pre-show, the hosts, Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox, both tested positive for COVID-19, making this evening even more unusual than before. “As I go into my 20th year on the E! Red carpet, I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately, this year is just so different,” says Rancic. 

Now reappearing for his third year hosting the Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel, comes on stage by calling it the “pand-emmys,” implying that we’re still in a pandemic. In place of an audience, they put live feeds of all the nominees in their homes, imitating a large Zoom call.  Kimmel states that they’re taking all the precautions they can while making sure that the Emmys still has its charm. 

Starting off with the Not A Real Company Productions show, Schitt’s Creek, had wiped out a majority of the comedy categories. The series won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes. Continuing their successes, they also had 19 Emmy Nominations total. 

(Left to Right) Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy capturing the moment of winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Schitt’s Creek at the 72nd Emmys. Photo Provided by The New York Times

Another series, Watchmen, had also blown the Emmys away with a total of 26 Nominations and 11 Emmys. Regina King, who plays Angela Abar in Watchmen, won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movies. When it was time to present her speech, King was wearing a shirt that said, “Say Her Name,” with a picture of Breonna Taylor on it. Like the Video Music Awards, people still haven’t forgotten about this social injustice.

Mark Ruffalo, actor for The Hulk in the Marvel series and Thomas Birdsey in I Know This Much Is True, shared some light on “white privilege” in his acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, and how we can use it to our advantage. Additionally, he also concluded that it’s very important to vote this year, concluding that it will make you a better individual. 

Continuing to the hit show, Euphoria, teens were enthusiastic when they heard Zendaya, actor for Rue in Euphoria, won Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series for the show. At the age of 24, this made her the youngest actor in history to receive the award for Outstanding Lead Actress. The show received 6 nominations this year, but Zendaya was the only actor to make it to the end goal. 

Adding the cherry on top, the Emmys also gave essential workers a spotlight by reading some of the category winners, honoring them for providing us during these tough times. Some of the workers were mailmen, farmers, truck drivers, and etc. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to function properly. 

The 72nd Emmys is a night to never forget, making history for the books. Congratulations to all Emmy winners, and hopefully we’ll see you again next year, a normal year. If you would like to see the rest of the categories, scroll down for a list provided down below. 

Tip – Use “control + F” to find a category, actor, or show.

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – SNL: Eddie Murphy
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – SNL: Maya Rudolph
  • Outstanding Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Succession: Jeremy Strong
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Euphoria: Zendaya
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – The Morning Show: Billy Crudup
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Ozark: Julie Garner 
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – This Is Us: Ron Cephas Jones
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Succession: Cherry Jones
  • Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Mandy Moore
  • Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming – So You Think You Can Dance: Al Blackstone
  • Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling – black-ish
  • Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic) – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) – Euphoria
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special – Unorthodox
  • Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program – Cheer
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series – SNL
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special – Dave Chappelle: Stick & Stones
  • Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program – American Factory
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series – The Last Dance
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – The Apollo
  • Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program – RuPaul: RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation – Jill Dykxhoorn, Dan MacKenzie, Genndy Tartakovsky, Scott Wills, and Stephen DeStefano
  • Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special – Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
  • Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Media – “Create Together” and “The Line”
  • Outstanding Interactive Extension of a Linear Program – Mr. Robot
  • Outstanding Derivative Interactive Program – Big Mouth Guide To Life
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – I Know This Much Is True: Mark Ruffalo
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movies – Watchmen: Regina King
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series – SNL
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special – Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
  • Outstanding Television Movie – Bad Education
  • Outstanding Main Title Design – Godfather of Harlem
  • Outstanding Limited Series – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Motion Design – Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates 
  • Outstanding Multi Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series – One Day at a Time
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special – Why We Hate
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Music Direction – The Kennedy Center Honors
  • Outstanding Music Supervision – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Outstanding Narrator – Seven Worlds, One Planet: David Attenborough
  • Outstanding Original Interactive Program – The Messy Truth VR Experience
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – Hollywood
  • Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics – Euphoria
  • Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling – Hollywood
  • Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structure Reality or Competition Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program – Cheer
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program – Apollo 11
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special – The Oscars
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series – SNL
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special – Star Trek: Picard
  • Outstanding Competition Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series – Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics With Kim Wexler 
  • Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series – National Geographic Presents: Creating Cosmos: Possible Worlds 
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series – Carpool Karaoke: The Series
  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Program – Forky Asks A Question: What Is Love?
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series – Insecure
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limiting Series or Movie – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) – Stranger Things
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) – Apollo 11
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special – The Oscars
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) – Apollo 11
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role – Vikings
  • Outstanding Structured Reality Program – Queer Eye
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program
  • Shameless
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: Watchmen
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Uzo Aduba: Mrs. America
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Special – Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” and “Good Times”
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program – Cheer 
  • Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” and “Good Times”
  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – SNL
  • Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) – Dave Chappelle: Stick & Stones
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Maya Rudolph
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special – Dave Chappelle: Stick & Stones
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program – Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special – Watchmen
  • Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking – The Cave
  • Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series – Laurence Fishburn: #FreeRayshawn
  • Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series – Jasmine Cephas Jones: #FreeRayshawn
  • Outstanding Animated Program – Rick And Morty
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) – The Crown
  • Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outstanding Children’s Program – “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance” and “We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest”
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series or Movie – Watchmen
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series – The Ranch
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) – Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program – The Cave
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program – Life Below Zero
  • Outstanding Commercial – Back-to-School Essentials: Sandy Hook Promise
  • Outstanding Contemporary Costumes – Schitt’s Creek
  • Outstanding Period Costumes – The Crown
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program – The Masked Singer

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