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Emmy Awards 2020: Complete List of Winners and Nominees

By Kara Santos Published Sep 21, 2020 12:00 am

For the first time ever in its 72-year history, the Primetime Emmy Awards, which honors the best in television, was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadcast on ABC on Sunday, September 20 (US Time) the event hosted by Jimmy Kimmel did not involve any of the usual glitzy red carpet moments and long drawn-out speeches on stage. 

Instead, the socially distanced “Pandemmys” had Kimmel speaking in front of empty seats at the Staples Center and video-chats with over a hundred nominees, who were sent camera kits so they could broadcast from their homes.

Candian sitcom Schitt’s Creek won “Outstanding Comedy Series” and swept all four comedy acting categories with Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy taking home the trophies. The series, created by the father and son Levy tandem, follows the formerly filthy-rich Rose family who are forced to live in a motel in a small town they once bought as a joke.

HBO’s Watchmen, an American superhero drama based on the 1986 DC Comics series created by Alan Moore, bagged four of the seven honors including “Outstanding Limited Series” award along with acting nods for lead actress Regina King (Angela Abar/Sister Night) and supporting actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Calvin “Cal” Abar). Jeremy Irons was also nominated for his portrayal of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias.

Regina King wins the Lead Actress Emmy for her role in HBO's Watchmen.

The satirical comedy drama series Succession won “Outstanding Drama Series” with Jeremy Strong taking home the lead actor win for portraying second son Kendall Roy. The series follows the Roy family, owners of media conglomerate Waystar Royco and their troubles following the decline in health of family patriarch Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox).

Netflix snagged a directing win for the German-American miniseries  Unorthodox which follows a Jewish woman living in an unhappy arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox community. Hulu won an acting award for Mrs. America, a historical miniseries that dramatizes the story of the  Equal Rights Amendment movement in America and the unexpected backlash in the 1970s.

Here’s the complete list of nominees and winners in the various categories:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV movie

  • WINNER: Mark Ruffalo ("I Know This Much Is True") 
  • Jeremy Irons ("Watchmen")
  • Hugh Jackman ("Bad Education")
  • Paul Mescal ("Normal People")
  • Jeremy Pope ("Hollywood")

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV movie

  • WINNER: Regina King ("Watchmen") 
  • Cate Blanchett ("Mrs. America")
  • Shira Haas ("Unorthodox")
  • Octavia Spencer ("Self Made")
  • Kerry Washington ("Little Fires Everywhere")

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • WINNER: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ("Watchmen")
  • Dylan McDermott ("Hollywood")
  • Jim Parsons ("Hollywood")
  • Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend")
  • Jovan Adepo ("Watchmen")
  • Louis Gossett Jr. ("Watchmen")

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • WINNER: Uzo Aduba ("Mrs. America")
  • Holland Taylor ("Hollywood")
  • Margo Martindale ("Mrs. America")
  • Tracey Ullman ("Mrs. America")
  • Toni Collette ("Unbelievable")
  • Jean Smart ("Watchmen")

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • WINNER: Eugene Levy ("Schitt's Creek")
  • Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish")
  • Don Cheadle ("Black Monday")
  • Ted Danson ("The Good Place")
  • Michael Douglas ("The Kominsky Method")
  • Ramy Youssef ("Ramy")

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • WINNER: Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") 
  • Christina Applegate ("Dead to Me")
  • Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
  • Linda Cardellini ("Dead to Me")
  • Issa Rae ("Insecure")
  • Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish")

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • WINNER: Dan Levy ("Schitt's Creek") 
  • Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
  • William Jackson Harper ("The Good Place")
  • Alan Arkin ("The Kominsky Method")
  • Sterling K. Brown ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
  • Tony Shalhoub ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
  • Mahershala Ali ("Ramy")
  • Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live")

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • WINNER: Annie Murphy ("Schitt's Creek") 
  • Betty Gilpin ("GLOW")
  • D'Arcy Carden ("The Good Place")
  • Yvonne Orji ("Insecure")
  • Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
  • Marin Hinkle ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
  • Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live")
  • Cecily Strong ("Saturday Night Live")

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Jeremy Strong ("Succession")
  • Jason Bateman ("Ozark")
  • Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us")
  • Steve Carell ("The Morning Show")
  • Brian Cox ("Succession")
  • Billy Porter ("Pose")

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Zendaya ("Euphoria")
  • Jennifer Aniston ("The Morning Show")
  • Olivia Colman ("The Crown")
  • Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve")
  • Laura Linney ("Ozark")
  • Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve")

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Billy Crudup ("The Morning Show")
  • Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul")
  • Bradley Whitford ("The Handmaid's Tale")
  • Mark Duplass ("The Morning Show")
  • Nicholas Braun ("Succession")
  • Kieran Culkin ("Succession")
  • Matthew Macfadyen ("Succession")
  • Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld")

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Julia Garner ("Ozark")
  • Laura Dern ("Big Little Lies")
  • Meryl Streep ("Big Little Lies")
  • Helena Bonham Carter ("The Crown")
  • Samira Wiley ("The Handmaid's Tale")
  • Fiona Shaw ("Killing Eve")
  • Sarah Snook ("Succession")
  • Thandie Newton ("Westworld")

Outstanding Reality/Competition Series

  • WINNER: "RuPaul's Drag Race"
  • "The Masked Singer"
  • "Nailed It"
  • "Top Chef"
  • "The Voice"

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • WINNER: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
  • "Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
  • "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"
  • "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
  • "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Outstanding Limited Series

  • WINNER: "Watchmen"
  • "Little Fires Everywhere"
  • "Mrs. America"
  • "Unbelievable"
  • "Unorthodox"

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • WINNER: "Schitt's Creek" 
  • "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • "Dead to Me"
  • "The Good Place"
  • "Insecure"
  • "The Kominsky Method"
  • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  • "What We Do in the Shadows"

Outstanding Drama Series

  • WINNER: "Succession"
  • "Better Call Saul"
  • "The Crown"
  • "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • "Killing Eve"
  • "The Mandalorian"
  • "Ozark"
  • "Stranger Things"

The unusually staged awards night marks the first major entertainment industry ceremony to air since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Aside from being a night to celebrate entertainment on television, some of the winners used the virtual ceremony to raise awareness on current and political events, urging viewers to register and vote on November in their speeches. Additionally, nominees and winners dressed down, trading in the usual formal wear of gowns and suits for designer pajamas and t-shirts with slogans like “Vote,” “Remember Her Name” and “Black Lives Matter.”

(Images via ABS/Walt Disney Television)