It’s often a surprise to see who wins and loses at big awards shows. However, the winners and losers of tonight’s Emmy Awards aren’t the only things that are surprising about the event. After the coronavirus pandemic changed everything that we thought we knew about 2020, the awards show was bound to look a little bit different. And, it did. The at-home event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, still aired live, but things looked a little different. But we’ve all heard enough about how COVID-19 has changed the world, so let’s get to the winners of the 2020 Emmy Awards!
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 20, 2020
The 2020 Emmy Winners
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
As you’ll learn while you scroll down, Schitt’s Creek absolutely dominates the Comedy categories this year. So, by the time Best Comedy rolled around, nobody could have been surprised to see this win. While the show has been around for years, the little Canadian Comedy that Could really shined through during such a tough year. Watching it at the very beginning of stay-at-home orders was the light that I needed, as I’m sure many can relate. To have it do so well is a testament to the importance of friendly, uplifting, inclusive comedies.
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
Succession – Winner
Succession is a series that uses a tried-and-true formula, while still being innovating and exciting. This huge win for the show will surely bring in plenty more viewers for its third season, which just resumed production.
Best Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Watchmen – Winner
As with Schitt’s Creek, we never had any doubts that Watchmen would take the big award home after winning in so many categories. This win is proof that people out there want to watch new takes on old tales and are open to seeing different genres on the small screen. Go Watchmen Go!
Best Actress, Comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – Winner
Issa Rae, Insecure
There will never be enough words to explain how wonderful Schitt’s Creek is, and Moira Rose winning an award is the cherry on top of a great Schitt’s sweep.
Best Actor, Comedy
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
And Schitt’s Creek does it again! Eugene Levy is no stranger to winning Emmy awards, but this is his first solo-acting win at the ceremony. While his character on Schitt’s Creek is a bit more… subdued than his on-screen wife Catherine O’Hara, his ability to command the screen and make us cry from laughter and love is no easy skill. Not only does his win bring a smile to our faces, but Dan Levy’s (his son both on and off-screen) proud reaction has us in tears, too.
Best Actress, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria – Winner
Euphoria was completely snubbed this year and deserved more than the nominations it received. We couldn’t be happier with this win. I put off watching the show for far too long and regretted it instantly. It’s a hard watch, sure. But rarely do shows about young adults capture the harsh realities of the tough topics that Euphoria deals with in a way that is both binge-worthy and educational.
Best Actor, Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession – Winner
Strong may not have been our first pick for winning this category, but Succession’s rise to greatness over the past few years definitely means that we aren’t surprised.
Best Actress, 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
Regina King is a force to be reckoned with, and this Emmy only proves what we already know.
Best Actor, 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
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maissel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek – Winner
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Another well-deserved Schitt’s Creek win. Though, it would have been nice to see D’Arcy Carden earn the recognition that she deserves for The Good Place.
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek – Winner
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
This category was stacked, so we’re overjoyed to see Dan Levy take home the award. While almost any of these gentlemen would have been deserving of the award, Levy’s portrayal of David Rose was a huge win in terms of portraying genuine LGBTQ+ relationships on screen. Here’s hoping that this win brings more recognition to the already loved show!
Supporting Actress, Drama
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Julia Garner, Ozark – Winner
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Sarah Snook, Succession
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Ozark is a fantastic show, and I’m always disappointed to see it snubbed. There is so much going on and its filled with chaos, yet Garner’s performance is always a standout. Despite being up against greats like Laura Dern and Meryl Streep, somehow we are not at all surprised that Garner gets to celebrate her second Emmy win.
Supporting Actor, Drama
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show – Winner
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Well, this is a pleasant surprise! This was a tough category. I really did not expect Billy Crudup to win, and I’m sure others can agree. However, while The Morning Show wasn’t perfect, his performance did stand out.
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America – Winner
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America
Mrs. America was bound to take it here, and we’re thrilled for the Emmys queen herself, Uzo Aduba. Her role as Suzanne Warren in Orange is the New Black brought her two Emmys, and this is her third.
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen – Winner
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
With three strong nominees coming from Watchmen, it was never a question of whether the show would win or not, but who would take the trophy. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a well-deserved winner!
Even More 2020 Emmy Winners Highlights
Image via Lucasfilm
Our categories listed above highlight the more competitive awards of the night. However, the wins (and losses) in other categories are still worth mentioning.
A Schitt’s Creek Sweep
One of our most pleasing wins of the night was Dan Levy’s Best Comedy Writing award for the Happy Ending episode of Schitt’s Creek. While the final season of the show had arguably better episodes, his win is a reflection of just how much love, heart, and soul he put into the entire series. Not only did we get to see a beautiful wedding episode, but the series finale perfectly wrapped up every storyline and left us comfortable knowing that our days in Schitt’s Creek are over. Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy also took home the Best Comedy Directing win for the same episode. This means that Schitt’s Creek won all seven of the first seven awards presented during the ceremony!
— out of context schitt's creek (@_schittscreek) September 19, 2020
Watchmen Proves It Deserves a Voice
Watchmen, the limited series leading the pack, took home other awards, such as Best Writing for a Limited Series. However, despite having three nominations in the category, it lost Best Directing for a Limited Series to Maria Schrader’s directing on Unorthodox. The limited series gave us enough 2020 Emmy winners to leave us feeling confident that more people will be encouraged to watch the show.
Readers, how do you feel about the list of the 2020 Emmy winners? Are they what you expected? Let us know your biggest joys and surprises of the night in the comments below!
Featured image via HBO.
Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.