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The 2020 Emmy Awards Winners Are Here! Find Out Who Won The Gold From Their Home

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BY February 24, 2021

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!

The 2020 Emmy Winners

Best Comedy

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.


Best Drama

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian


Stranger Things

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

Mrs. America



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

A surprise, sure. But a delight? Certainly! Mark Ruffalo wasn’t in our Emmy nominations predictions list, but I Know This Much Is True was generally overlooked this year. So, we’ll take it!


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 Apple TV+’s 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

2020 Emmy winners 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.

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!

Watchmen Proves It Deserves a Voice

Watchmenthe 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.

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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.


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