‘Watchmen,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ garner attention at virtual Emmys
LOS ANGELES (US) – Series “Succession,” “Watchmen” and “Schitt’s Creek” became the highlight at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. The show was replete with jokes on the coronavirus pandemic, taking a jibe at the political scenarios and appeals for racial justice.
“Hello, and welcome to the PandEmmys!,” said host Jimmy Kimmel, opening the show. Most celebrities took part virtually from their sofas and backyards, however, they made sure to dress themselves up in a variety of gowns, hoodies and sleepwear.
“It seems frivolous and unnecessary to do this during a global pandemic,” Kimmel said as he opened the live show from Los Angeles.
He added, “What’s happening tonight is not important. It’s not going to stop COVID. It’s not going to put out the fires, but it’s fun. And right now we need fun. … This has been a miserable year. It’s been a year of division, injustice (and) disease.”
HBO’s “Succession,” the media family saga, was named best drama series, while Jeremy Strong won best actor for essaying the role of a downtrodden son.
“Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong’s speech was quirky, as he made a series of what he called “un-thank yous.”
Armstrong said,”Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank you to (British Prime Minister) Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country. Un-thank you to all the nationalist and sort of quasi-nationalist governments in the world who are exactly the opposite of what we need right now,”
HBO’s alternative-reality show “Watchmen,” which delved into racial themes, won for best limited series. Actress Regina King won for her lead performance as the show’s police detective.
“Watchmen” swept a total of 11 Emmys, including technical awards handed out last week. HBO had at least 30 Emmys at the end of the day, followed by Netflix with 21.
“Watchmen” creator Damon Lindelof dedicated his Emmy to the victims and survivors of the 1921 massacre of the Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from which the series had partly derived inspiration.
Many celebrities such as King, presenter Sterling K. Brown, and “Mrs. America” supporting actress winner Uzo Aduba, sent across a strong message with Black Lives Matter-themed t-shirts or shed light on the November 3 US elections.
“Schitt’s Creek,” a sleeper hit, won a total of nine Emmys, including best comedy series as well as acting awards for Canadian stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, his son Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy.
Former Disney Channel actress Zendaya, 24, was named best drama actress for “Euphoria,” which took everyone by surprise, as she beat favorites Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show.”)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” was named best variety talk series for the fifth successive year.