The Winners of the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
The Television Academy has just finished presenting their annual awards, and, as expected, "Succession" has come out on top for Drama, winning four awards this evening, including Outstanding Drama Series, Writing, Directing, and Lead Drama Actor (Jeremy Strong). This brings its grand total up to seven wins for the year. The only major surprise came in Lead Drama Actress where Zendaya pulled a huge upset for her performance in "Euphoria," beating out frontrunners Olivia Colman ("The Crown"), Jennifer Aniston ("The Morning Show"), and Laura Linney ("Ozark").
Over in Comedy, "Schitt's Creek" made history by sweeping all seven of the categories, which brought its final total up to nine wins for its final season. Because of the complete sweep, there isn't really anything else to say here, other than it's quite clear as to which comedy they enjoyed the most.
For Limited Series, it came as no surprise that "Watchmen" was the most honored show, adding four more awards to its stash for a grand total of 11, just one short of tying the record of most wins for a single season, currently held by "Game of Thrones." The only surprise in these categories came in Direction, where it was expected that "Watchmen" would easily take it for one of its three nominees, but like "Game of Thrones" last year, it succumbed to having too many nominees to pick from, leading to a completely unexpected win for "Unorthodox."
Overall, aside from the "Schitt's Creek" sweep and Zendaya's completely unexpected win for Lead Drama Actress, everything went pretty much as expected. The virtual ceremony itself definitely could have used a little work. It was over-clogged with too many bits and asides that made it a lot longer than it needed to be (the Governors Award could've easily been done during one of the FIVE nights of the Creative Arts Emmys), but it wasn't too bad, and Kimmel was a decent host. Hopefully, by this time next year, things will be back to normal, so the ceremony can be as well.
Until then, please see below for a complete list of tonight's winners:
Outstanding Drama Series: Succession
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Andrij Parekh, "Hunting," Succession
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Jesse Armstrong, "This is Not for Tears," Succession
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Strong, Succession
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Zendaya, Euphoria
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Julia Garner, Ozark
Outstanding Comedy Series: Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, "Happy Ending," Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, "Happy Ending," Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, "Schitt's Creek"
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
Outstanding Limited Series: Watchmen
Outstanding Direction for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Maria Schrader, Unorthodox
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, "This Extraordinary Being," Watchmen
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much is True
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, Watchmen
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Uzo Uduba, Mrs. America
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Competition Program: RuPaul's Drag Race
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