- Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy section
- Nominees registered for awards online from home
- “Hello and welcome to the Pand-Emmys,” said Jimmy Kimmel.
Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys on Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts from prominent artists, when Hollywood’s first major Covid-era awards show began with a sweep for the comedy “Schitt’s Creek.”
“Hello and welcome to the Pand-Emmys,” Kimmel said, as the producers cut out archival footage of a star-studded audience, before revealing the empty seats at the venue.
Nominees for the 72nd Emmys, the television version of the Oscars, are broadcasting remotely from their homes via video call, as Los Angeles is still under strict coronavirus-related restrictions.
The dark superhero satire “Watchmen” is expected to dominate the night, but the top awards of the night in the comedy categories were swept away by the Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek.”
The first award of the night, best actress in a comedy series, went to Catherine O’Hara for “Schitt’s Creek,” who received her statuette from a presenter in a hazmat suit at a socially estranged event for the show’s cast. in Toronto.
“I will always be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age, my age, who becomes completely ridiculous,” she said.
Eugene Levy, her on-screen husband, followed up with the trophy for best actor, only to be followed by her real-life son, Daniel, for best supporting actor and screenplay, and another directorial award for the same show.
The show, about a privileged family forced to live in a dilapidated motel, took top honors for best comedy series.
“Our show at its core is about the transformative effects of love and acceptance. We need it now more than ever,” said young Levy.
“Schitt’s Creek” didn’t garner a single nomination in its first four years, but it garnered attention by later airing on Netflix and closed with a moving final season.
She had faced competition from the previous winner “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” Amazon’s quirky story about a 1950s housewife turned comedian.
– ‘Old friend television’ –
The nominees, who wore dresses, tuxedos, casual wear and everything in between, were sent cameras to hook up at the venues of their choice.
“Tonight’s look is brought to you by the old CYRUS awards season tuxedo jacket and the Clark Griswold Christmas Jammies limited collection from Target,” tweeted “The Morning Show” nominee Mark Duplass.
The coronavirus has turned Tinseltown upside down, paralyzing productions even as requests to stay at home around the world send compulsive watching skyrocketing.
“This has been a miserable year … we have been quarantined and locked up, confined to our homes as prisoners,” Kimmel said.
“What do we find in that dark and lonely tunnel? We find a friend who is there for us 24 hours a day: our old friend, television.”
The timely spin-off graphic novel “Watchmen,” which garnered rave reviews from both critics and audiences, has already won seven statuettes, in awards presented before the broadcast.
He is expected to win several more later in Sunday’s ceremony.
“‘Watchmen’ speaks so specifically in many unprecedented ways of the moment we are living in now,” said Libby Hall, IndieWire’s television awards editor, of the show that addresses America’s historic racism, police violence and even the use of masks. .
“I think people will probably get pretty tired of hearing the Watchmen name being called … it’s as safe as we have it now.”
– Drama career –
The prestigious drama series concluding the show promise to be more contested this year than in recent editions: “Game of Thrones,” which broke records at the HBO Emmys, finally rode a dragon and soared to Westeros.
“Succession,” a dark portrait of a powerful Murdoch-style family’s struggle for control of a dynastic media empire, has racked up 18 nominations.
He’s tied for nods to “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s crime saga set in the heart of Netflix’s America, which despite garnering a record 160 nominations this year, is still desperate to win its first major Emmy series.
Aside from the awards themselves, the evening will honor Tyler Perry’s professional achievement.
The African-American entertainment mogul has advocated for greater diversity in Hollywood, and this year paid the funeral costs for black victims of police violence, including George Floyd.
The issue of fighting racism was expected to feature prominently throughout the evening.
“I also want to acknowledge Issa Rae and the writers of ‘Insecure’ for writing some of the funniest and most moving television shows of the year,” said Daniel Levy, referring to the pioneering web series-based show “Awkward Black Girl.”
Many famous liberal Hollywood stars are also likely to have a wary eye on President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
One of the opening scenes of the ceremony featured a postman with a Russian accent, referring to the political dispute over voting by mail, which Trump has criticized.
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