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72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

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72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
LocationStaples Center
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Hosted byJimmy Kimmel
Most awardsSchitt's Creek (7)
Most nominationsWatchmen (11)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC
Viewership6.1 million[1]
Produced byDone and Dusted
Reginald Hudlin
Jimmy Kimmel
Directed byHamish Hamilton

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was originally to be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was instead held at the Staples Center, while winners gave speeches virtually from their homes. The ceremony was held on September 20, 2020,[2] and broadcast in the U.S. by ABC. It was preceded by the 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19.[3][4] The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.[5]

The nominations were announced on July 28, 2020, by Leslie Jones, Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany.[6][7] Watchmen led the nominations with eleven, followed by Succession with ten and Ozark with nine.[8]

Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek became the first comedy series to win all of the four main acting categories in a single year, as well as the first comedy or drama series to win all seven major awards in a single year.[lower-alpha 1] Combined with its Creative Arts Emmys, the show became the most-awarded comedy in a single year. For his starring role in Schitt's Creek, Dan Levy also became the first person to win an award in all four major disciplines in a single year.[9][10][11] The HBO drama Succession and limited series Watchmen won four awards each.

Winners and nominees[edit source | edit]

Source: CNN coverage[12]

Eugene Levy, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Catherine O'Hara, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Jeremy Strong, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Zendaya, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Mark Ruffalo, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner
Regina King, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie winner
Dan Levy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series winner
Annie Murphy, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Billy Crudup, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
Julia Garner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie winner
Uzo Aduba, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie winner

Programs[edit source | edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Limited Series Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Outstanding Competition Program

Acting[edit source | edit]

Lead performances[edit source | edit]

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Supporting performances[edit source | edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Directing[edit source | edit]

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Writing[edit source | edit]

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Most major nominations[edit source | edit]

Programs that received multiple major[lower-alpha 2] nominations are listed below, by number of nominations per work and per network:

Nominations by network
Nominations Network
37 Netflix
32 HBO
14 Hulu
11 FX
NBC
8 Prime Video
7 Pop
5 Apple TV+
4 ABC
AMC
BBC America
2 Showtime

Most major wins[edit source | edit]

Shows that received multiple awards
Wins Show Network
7 Schitt's Creek Pop TV
4 Succession HBO
Watchmen
Wins by network
Wins Network
11 HBO
7 Pop TV
2 Netflix

Ceremony information[edit source | edit]

The "Informational Series or Special" award category was renamed "Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special".[13] On June 17, 2020, it was announced that the number of nominees in the Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series categories had been increased to 8, while the number of nominees in the remaining categories would depend on the number of submissions in each category.[14]

On July 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced that the ceremony will be held in a remote format, rather than take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, as originally planned.[15] Host Jimmy Kimmel presented the ceremony from nearby Staples Center, but there would otherwise be no in-person festivities at the venue (such as a red carpet or audience).[16] Celebrity guests still made on-stage appearances, including Jennifer Aniston and Anthony Anderson.[17]

The broadcast used live feeds from each nominee (with television series being represented by one of their producers); to maintain a high-quality presentation, the use of video-conferencing was avoided, with producers sending "professional" cameras to each nominee's location, as well as an operator, if they so choose. Co-executive producer Reginald Hudlin stated that they wanted to maintain a live broadcast, while his partner Ian Stewart (of Done and Dusted) argued that "we're not trying to make the Zoomies, we're trying to make the Emmys".[16] Staples Center was chosen as venue to ensure that appropriate social distancing could be practiced among crew members, and because it could support the infrastructure needed for the large number of remote feeds that would be used (estimated to be around 140).[16]

A number of comedy gags acknowledged the pandemic and the format of the ceremony: Kimmel's monologue featured a laugh track and footage of audience reactions from past Emmy ceremonies. After using a clip that featured Kimmel as an audience member, he revealed the empty arena and seats with cardboard cut-outs of nominees — save for Jason Bateman.[18][19] Kimmel was also seen disinfecting the envelope for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series with Lysol spray; after Aniston commented that it was "a little extreme", Kimmel proceeded to throw it in a trash can and set it on fire instead.[20][17] Some awards were delivered to winners via presenters in themed Hazmat suits designed to look like formalwear.[21]

The ceremony was watched by 6.1 million viewers in the United States, making it the lowest-rated Emmys telecast in history, and marking a 12% decline from the previous year.[1]

Presenters[edit source | edit]

The awards were presented by the following people:[22][23][24]

Name(s)
Jennifer Aniston
Anthony Anderson
Jason Bateman
Sterling K. Brown
Ty Burrell
Laverne Cox
Count von Count
D-Nice
America Ferrera
Morgan Freeman
Ilana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson
Ken Jeong
Mindy Kaling
Tatiana Maslany
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Bob Newhart
Randall Park
Issa Rae
Tracee Ellis Ross
RuPaul
Patrick Stewart
Jason Sudeikis
Gabrielle Union
J. J. Watt
Lena Waithe
Oprah Winfrey
Wang Leehom
Zendaya

Performers[edit source | edit]

Name(s) Song
H.E.R. Nothing Compares 2 U (In Memoriam)

In Memoriam[edit source | edit]

Before the In Memoriam montage, Kimmel paid tribute to United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died two days before the ceremony.[25] A speech recorded by Boseman, who died on August 28, 2020, was played at the end of the montage.[26] The performance by H.E.R. began as a slow piano rendition before she added electric guitar.[27]

Criticism[edit source | edit]

Following the nomination announcement, the academy was criticized for its lack of transgender nominees. Affiliates of the FX drama Pose, which is set in New York's queer ballroom scene, criticized the Academy for nominating Billy Porter,[28] but excluding its many transgender stars from the acting categories in addition to series writers Janet Mock and Our Lady J.[29][30] There was similar criticism from affiliates of the HBO series Euphoria, many of whom believed that transgender actress Hunter Schafer was worthy of a nomination for her performance in the series. Both series were notably missing from the Outstanding Drama Series category, a decision that was heavily criticized.[31] Zendaya was nominated for her lead role on this show, and later won.[32]

Further criticism came from Latinos, with no major nominations for Latin performers despite the Emmys publicizing their improved diversity in 2020. While there was a record number of Black nominees, there was only one individual Latinx nomination. Hispanic and Latinx representation groups said the greater diversity referred only to more African-American nominees.[33][34] When the LA Times reported the criticism using the term "Black", it was itself criticized for erasing Afro-Latinos, a discussion that then prompted more investigation into this under-represented minority ethnic group in Hollywood.[35] John Leguizamo boycotted the Emmys because of its lack of Latin nominees.[36]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Angels in America swept all seven major awards in 2004 as a limited series.
  2. "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. This grouping does not include the technical categories.

See also[edit source | edit]

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  28. Pose|Television Academy
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  32. Euphoria|Television Academy
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External links[edit source | edit]

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