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2020 Emmys: Zendaya Makes History and ‘Creek’ Proves It’s the ‘Schitt’s’

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Eugene Levy, left, and Daniel Levy from "Schitt's Creek" accept the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series during the 72nd Emmy Awards telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM EDT/5:00 PM PDT on ABC. This is one of seven Emmy wins for "Schitt's Creek" tonight. (Invision for the Television Academy/AP)

The 2020 Emmys was one to remember. In a year where a global pandemic forced this awards show to be completely virtual is something nobody would have dreamed of seven months ago.


But even during COVID-19, history was made, in the form of Schitt’s Creek. The show became the first series (comedy OR drama) to sweep the evening, including all four acting categories, winning seven trophies in the span of just a few hours. This has never happened in the 72 year history of the Emmys.

Schitt’s Creek WINS
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Eugene Levy
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Annie Murphy
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Dan Levy
Directing in a Comedy Series
Writing in a Comedy Series


Another shocker came from a young woman named, Zendaya. She was a Disney darling in the show, Shake It Up. But since then, she has starred in feature films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Smallfoot, The Greatest Showman, and coming out later this year, the highly anticipated, Dune.

But on Sunday night, something historic happened. Zendaya, a young 24-year-old became the youngest person in history to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series. But what is even bigger than that, is that with this win, she became only the second black actor to win this award… Since the award was first introduced in 1954, at the 6th Emmys, there have only been TWO black women to win this award. That is shocking. Viola Davis was the first for How to Get Away with Murder at the 67th Emmys in 2015.

We also saw RuPaul’s Drag Race win its third Emmy in a row for a Competitive Program. Ru also won his fifth consecutive Emmy for Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

Two shows that were anticipated to perform well did just that. Maybe not as dominate, but enough. Succession made Jeremy Strong an Emmy Winner, and the show also took home the grand prize, Outstanding Drama Series. Watchmen was nominated for seven Emmys, and won three of them:
Limited Series
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Lead Actress in a Limited Series – Regina King

Overall, it was a very exciting night! We had sweeps, shockers, wonderful speeches, and no matter what, an awards ceremony that will be talked about for years to come.

What were your favorite and least favorite moments of the night?

Here’s the full list of winners from the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards:

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”



“Watchmen” WINNER

Outstanding comedy series

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

“Dead to Me”

“The Good Place”


“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”


“Stranger Things”

“Succession” WINNER


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2 years ago

I genuinely almost cried when Zendaya won. One of the most warranted wins that I’ve seen at an Emmy ceremony.

Steven Prusakowski
2 years ago

Could not agree more. I definitely was emotional about her win, as well as several others.
I guess her “stealing” Rhea Seehorn’s spot in the category lineup turned out to be for good reason.
As I went through my picks for the night, she was definitely the win I was hoping to see most – even if it felt like a long shot.

Schitt’s Creek deserved all the love it received, but would have liked The Good Place to walk away with a little something too. It was such a creative and enjoyable show.

2 years ago

Favorite moment: Jeremy Strong winning Best Actor. I was fully expecting it to be Cox, who is also brilliant, but Strong brought it up to a new level this season. The dude had like 4 perfect episodes he could have submitted, and it was great to see that the industry took notice of his talent.

Least favorite moment: All 3 Succession men losing Supporting Actor. After the Schitt’s Creek and Watchmen domination, plus the Strong win, I made the mistake of thinking I was going to get everything I wanted. I did not. Gonna be rooting extremely hard for Macfadyen next year because he’s officially overdue in my book.



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