When it was announced that the 72nd annual Emmy Awards would be held virtually, many had doubts about the program – sans a live audience, red carpet and exit music for rambling speeches, would it be an eventful awards show? (When two red carpet hosts, Giuliana Rancic and Vivicia A. Fox missed the pre-show after testing positive for COVID-19, things seemed somewhat bleak.) Turns out the answer is yes. Between Schitt’s Creek’s numerous wins, Zendaya making Emmy history and appearances from the cast of Friends as well as pretty much no technical difficulties – a feat considering nominees were connected virtually – the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was one to remember. Here are some of the highlights of the night.
Leave it to the Levys to make Canada proud. Schitt’s Creek had a historic night, kicking off the ceremony by winning every major award they were nominated for, including comedy actor (Eugene Levy), actress (Catherine O’Hara), supporting Actor (Daniel Levy) and supporting actress (Annie Murphy), as well as outstanding comedy series – the first time a Canadian title has taken home the award. The CBC original comedy took home a total of nine awards, after airing their series finale earlier this year. This is also the most primetime Emmy awards a Canadian series has ever won.
With Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy OR drama to ~ever~ sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/fEUnaLoDBr
— Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) September 21, 2020
A (partial) Friends Cast Reunion
The official Friends reunion may be on hold for the foreseeable future, but fans were treated to a virtual appearance by Rachel, Monica and Phoebe.
“Oh! Courteney’s there?” asked Kimmel after spotting Courteney Cox next to Jennifer Anniston via video chat, prior to announcing the nominees for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.
“Of course I’m here, we live together!” replied Cox. “Yeah, we’ve been roommates since 1994 Jimmy, hello?” added Aniston.
Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe, then joined in on the fun.
“Lisa Kudrow, you live there too?!” asked Kimmel in a state of disbelief. “Uhh… yeah? Where else would I live?” she replied.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 21, 2020
A Euphoric Win for Zendaya
Zendaya’s nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama was her first and only nom of the night (as well as Euphoria‘s only nomination) and the 24-year-old made history as the youngest winner ever in that category.
“I know this feels like a weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there,” Zendaya said, surrounded by thrilled family and team members.
“I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you.”
The highly memorable and meme-able HBO series Succession took home the final, and arguably biggest, award of the night for outstanding drama series, beating out Ozark, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian and Stranger Things.
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