The 2020 edition of the Emmy Awards was a night to remember as the great and the good of television came together for a night that host Jimmy Kimmel noted might “seem frivolous and unnecessary” but went ahead to say “right now, we need fun”.
The 72nd annual Emmys were the most significant award show to go on since the pandemic which put an end to traditional events and the award ceremony took place at an empty auditorium. “The world may be terrible, but TV has never been better,” said Kimmel. “Of course we don’t have an audience. This isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys,” he then quipped.
The evening was a momentous one for a number of different reasons as Zendaya wrote her name into the history books when she became the youngest winner for best lead actress in a drama for her role in Euphoria.
Elsewhere Catherine O’Hara won her first acting Emmy for her role as Moira Rose on Schitt’s Creek and, amidst the awards, an advertisement featuring Billy Porter was aired in a stark reminder for the urgency of inclusivity within Hollywood: “We are more than a splash of colour on your white canvas,” Porter said.
Check out the list of major winners, below.
Emmy Awards 2020 Winners List:
Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie
Jeremy Irons (Watchmen) Hugh Jackman (Bad Education) Paul Mescal (Normal People) Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True) WINNER
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie
Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America) Shira Haas (Unorthodox) Regina King (Watchmen) WINNER Octavia Spencer (Self Made) Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Dylan McDermott (Hollywood) Jim Parsons (Hollywood) Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend) Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) WINNER Jovan Adepo (Watchmen) Louis Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Holland Taylor (Hollywood) Uzo Aduba (Mrs. America) WINNER Margo Martindale (Mrs. America) Tracey Ullman (Mrs. America) Toni Collette (Unbelievable) Jean Smart (Watchmen)
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) Don Cheadle (Black Monday) Ted Danson (The Good Place) Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek) WINNER Ramy Youssef (Ramy)
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me) Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) WINNER Issa Rae (Insecure) Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method) Sterling K. Brown (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) Mahershala Ali (Ramy) Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) WINNER
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty Gilpin (GLOW) D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) Yvonne Orji (Insecure) Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) WINNER
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark) Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) Steve Carell (The Morning Show) Brian Cox (Succession) Billy Porter (Pose) Jeremy Strong (Succession) WINNER
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show) Olivia Colman (The Crown) Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) Laura Linney (Ozark) Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) Zendaya (Euphoria) WINNER
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale) Billy Crudup (The Morning Show) WINNER Mark Duplass (The Morning Show) Nicholas Braun (Succession) Kieran Culkin (Succession) Matthew Macfadyen (Succession) Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies) Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve) Julia Garner (Ozark) WINNER Sarah Snook (Succession) Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Outstanding reality/competition series
The Masked Singer Nailed It RuPaul’s Drag Race WINNER Top Chef The Voice
Outstanding variety talk series
Daily Show with Trevor Noah Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Jimmy Kimmel Live Last Week Tonight with John Oliver WINNER Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Outstanding limited series
Little Fires Everywhere Mrs America Unbelievable Unorthodox Watchmen WINNER
Outstanding comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm Dead to Me The Good Place Insecure The Kominsky Method The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Schitt’s Creek WINNER What We Do in the Shadows
Outstanding drama series
Better Call Saul The Crown The Handmaid’s Tale Killing Eve The Mandalorian Ozark Stranger Things Succession WINNER