2020 is a year like no other, with all major cultural events being cancelled or taking place virtually. And the Emmy Awards are no exception. Here are some of the top takeaways:
The 72nd Emmy Awards took place remotely, from thethe Staples Center in Los Angeles. All celebrity guests attended the event digitally, joining the host of the ceremony Jimmy Kimmel on Zoom. Their places in the theatre? Cardboard cut-outs. "Hello and welcome to the pand-Emmys," said Kimmel, as producers cut to archive footage of a star-studded audience from last year's edition, before revealing the venue's empty seats.
The 24-year-old singer and actress received her first ever nomination, for her outstanding performance in HBO’s high school drama series Euphoria, where she plays a teen drug addict Rue. And of course, she won! Now, Zendaya is the youngest actress in Emmys history to receive the prestigious award for “Lead Actress in a Drama Series”, leaving behind many industry icons, such as Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Jodi Comer (Killing Eve), and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve).
"This is pretty crazy! I know that this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say like there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that but there is hope in the young people. To all my peers out there doing the work, in the streets: I see you, I admire you, and I thank you.", said Zendaya from her home.
The absence of the classic red carpet didn't stop stars from dressing up for the major event. Regina King (Watchmen) appeared in a sapphire blue silk faille gown, designed by Daniel Roseberry for Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Zendaya (Euphoria) paired her polka dot and crystal embellished custom Armani Privé gown with Bulgari jewelry, while Shira Haas (Unorthodox) went with a classical Chanel look.
When Jennifer Anniston joined the Emmys Zoom meeting from her home, she was surrounded by her Friends’ co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, who played Rachel's roommates Monica and Phoebe. Even though the gang wasn't back together in full, it was a nice surprise nonetheless.
Quirky feel-good show Schitt's Creek (about a rich family forced to live in a motel) won seven - yes SEVEN - Emmys, making it the first comedy series to win in all major nominations. While superhero drama based on the 1986 DC Comics Watchmen, and satirical family drama Succession, received four each. You can see the full winners list here.
Guest presenter Randall Park from Fresh Off the Boat appeared on stage with a bow-tied alpaca. “I learned that when you read an email too quickly, the phrase, ‘You’re presenting with an alpaca’ looks a lot like the phrase, ‘You’re presenting with Al Pacino.’” joked Randall.