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72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

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
Viewership6.4 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 remotely from their home or other locations. 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 Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, and Tatiana Maslany.[3][6]Watchmen led the nominations with eleven, followed by Succession with ten and Ozark with nine.[7]

Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek became the first comedy or drama 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.[a] Combined with its Creative Arts Emmys, the show became the most awarded comedy in a single year. For his roles as a producer, actor, director, and writer for 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

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:[12][b]

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 winner, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series co-winner, and Outstanding Writing 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

Acting

Lead performances

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

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

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

Writing

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

Programs that received multiple major[c] 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 Pop
Prime Video
5 Apple TV+
4 ABC
AMC
BBC America
2 Showtime

Most major wins

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

The "Informational Series or Special" award category was renamed to "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 would be held in a remote format, rather than take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, as originally planned.[2] While host Jimmy Kimmel presented the ceremony from nearby Staples Center, no in-person festivities (such as a red carpet or audience) at the venue took place.[15] Celebrity guests still made on-stage appearances, including Jennifer Aniston and Anthony Anderson.[16]

The broadcast used live feeds from each nominee (with television series being represented by one of their producers; the cast and crew of Schitt's Creek appeared together from a viewing party in Toronto);[17] 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 chose. 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".[15] 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).[15]

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 depicted Kimmel himself as an audience member, he revealed the empty arena, and seats with cardboard cut-outs of nominees (except for the real Jason Bateman, whom Kimmel told could stay if he promised to laugh at his jokes; Bateman left).[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.[16][20] 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 least-watched Emmys telecast in history, and marking a 12% decline in viewership from the previous year.[1]

Presenters

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

Performers

In Memoriam

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

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 City'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] However, Zendaya was nominated for her lead role in Euphoria; she ultimately won, becoming the youngest actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[32][33]

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 Latin nomination. Hispanic and Latino representation groups said the greater diversity referred only to more African American nominees.[34][35] When the Los Angeles 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.[36]John Leguizamo boycotted the Emmys because of its lack of Latin nominees.[37] Members of the Pose team again criticized the fact that their show's trans Afro-Latina actor Mj Rodriguez was not nominated, with Porter suggesting that because of Rodriguez's diverse background the Television Academy "don't know how to adjudicate the performance" and so simply exclude it.[38][39]

The Emmys also faced criticism from the Asian American community, leveled because Asian Americans only made up 1% of the nominees. It was argued that this is disproportionately low contrasted with increased representation.[40]Mindy Kaling, creator of Never Have I Ever, criticized the Emmys for not nominating the series for any Emmy categories, despite it being a critical success. Kaling suggested that it was overlooked because of its ethnic diversity and, in particular, for having a South Asian character as the series lead. She said: "Sometimes a show like ours will always seem ethnic or niche to a certain group of people."[41]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Angels in America swept all seven major awards as a miniseries in 2004.[8]
  2. ^ The outlets listed for each program are the U.S. broadcasters or streaming services identified in the nominations, which for some international productions are different than the broadcaster(s) that originally commissioned the program.
  3. ^ "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. This grouping does not include the technical categories.

References

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  2. ^ a b Malkin, Marc (July 29, 2020). "Emmys Will Go Virtual in 2020, Telecast Producers Outline Plans in Letter to the Nominees (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b Goodell, Stephanie (August 6, 2020). "Emmys and Creative Arts Categories and Nights Announced". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2020.
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