“Favourite Season? Awards”! Schitt’s Creek Sweeps Emmys & Other Top Moments From the Night

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“Favourite Season? Awards”! Schitt’s Creek Sweeps Emmys & Other Top Moments From the Night

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

No audience, red carpet or glitzy fashion, the 2020 Emmy Awards were unlike any other in its 72-year-old history and they were aptly captured in host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening line “Hello and welcome to the Pandemmys!” In case you slept through because your sleep schedule has been screwed (duh!), we’ve got the best moments covered for you.

Jimmy Kimmel began his monologue with jokes about how pointless it was to hold an award show in the middle of a pandemic. The jokes were cut with visuals of the audience laughing from past Emmys. Finally, Kimmel revealed that he was alone at the arena (just like his prom night) and all the nominees would be joining in through video, like the Monday morning office call.

All the Covid-19 health protocols were in place. Kimmel wore the gloves, sprayed the envelopes and Jennifer Aniston literally put out a fire “to save the Emmys”. It was now time to distribute the awards.

Canadian show Schitt’s Creek sweeped all seven comedy Emmys handed on Sunday. The telecast kept returning to the Schitt’s Emmy party, where all those attending have been isolating after receiving negative Covid-19 tests. The show set a record for the most wins by a single comedy series in the same season. Dan Levy, who won the Best Supporting Actor and an award for Outstanding Directing, in his acceptance speech reminded everyone about the importance of love, inclusivity and exercising the right to vote.

Levy watching his father win an Emmy was one of the best moments of the night.

He is truly the best cheerleader one could ask for.

Watchmen won the Emmy for Best Outstanding Series, making it the first time a comic-book adaptation has taken home one of TV’s top prizes. 

Regina King, winning the Emmy for best actress in a limited series for her role in Watchmen delivered the most powerful acceptance speech of the night. The Watchman star honoured Breonna Taylor by wearing a T-shirt with Taylor’s face and the words “SAY HER NAME”. She signed off with ‘Rest in Power, RBG’, referring to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for women’s rights.

Euphoria star Zendaya became the youngest actress to win lead actress in a drama series, at the age of 24. The celebrations on being declared the winner were quite a sight!

Succession won Best Drama and though Sarah Snook lost in her category, her fake Emmy was quite a hit.

There was a mini F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reunion (for the millionth time) as Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox showed up together on-screen. Courteney joked that the three have been living together since 1994, which is when their show went on air.

For an unusual year, it was only fitting that we would have the most unusual awards ceremony. Cheers to entertainment, for keeping us all sane in the middle of a pandemic.