The Emmy Awards went on as scheduled last night and it’s an understatement to say it was not your usual awards show broadcast.
Host Jimmy Kimmel said that awards shows right now might
“seem frivolous and unnecessary… Right now, we need fun.”
The winners had a collective message, asking for unity and love and urging people to vote in the upcoming election, a point echoed by Regina King (who won for Watchmen), Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much is True) and others.
Kimmel who opened the show with scenes of a packed, appreciative audience, then revealing that he was actually performing in an almost-empty auditorium.
“The world may be terrible, but TV has never been better.
Of course we don’t have an audience. This isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys.”
The 72nd annual Emmys mark the most significant award show to go on since the coronavirus pandemic ruled out the traditional everyone-together/ black-tie events. Many postponed until 2021.
But the producers of this year’s Emmys had a plan to go LIVE! recognizing that there might be logistical problems with 130 cameras catching the reactions of nominees and winners scattered across the globe. But except for a few minor ones and a dumpster fire in the studio put out by Jennifer Aniston, it was a pretty smooth operation.
HBO‘s Succession snagged four of the seven drama prizes, Watchmen dominated the limited-series voting — amassing 11 awards overall, including seven claimed during earlier ceremonies in technical areas — and the final season of Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy categories.
Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy both winning, the first Emmys for the two comedy veterans since receiving awards for writing “SCTV” in the early 1980s. They were joined by Annie Murphy and Levy’s son, Daniel Levy, who was recognized for writing, directing and co-starring in the Pop TV show. Including earlier technical awards, the show garnered NINE Emmys.
RuPaul’s Drag Race won six Emmys out of their 13 nominations, including Outstanding Competition Program and Rupaul won Outstanding Host for the fifth time in a row!
Ru gave a special shout-out to Drag Race fans, saying,
“Believe in love. Don’t give up on the power of love.”
ConDRAGulations to Ru, Fenton Baily, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Thairin Smothers, VH1 and everyone at World of Wonder!
The ceremony recognized frontline workers with several invited to introduce categories and a donation was made to Nokidhungry.org for every Emmy win.
For a full list of winners, go here.