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Watchmen leads Emmy winners with awards for limited series, lead actress, supporting actor, writing

It was great night for HBO at the 2020 Emmy Awards in LA on Sunday night.

And leading the way for the premium cable and streaming service was the dark superhero series Watchmen which won top honors in four major categories during the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted telecast.

Watchmen, based on a 1980s graphic novel, won the Emmys for outstanding limited series, best actress, best supporting actor and best writing. 

Nabbed trophies: HBO's Watchmen, based on a 1980s graphic comic and depicting white supremacy and police brutality, led the pack at the 2020 Emmys Sunday with four major wins

Nabbed trophies: HBO’s Watchmen, based on a 1980s graphic comic and depicting white supremacy and police brutality, led the pack at the 2020 Emmys Sunday with four major wins

The series, which debuted last year, depicts white supremacists, police brutality and rows over mask-wearing, making it a timely piece of theatre that taps into the current zeitgeist of the United States.

Accepting the Emmy for outstanding limited series, Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson  dedicated their win to African-American victims of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.

‘The only way to put the fires out is to fight them together,’ said showrunner Lindelof.

‘History is mystery — it’s broken into a million puzzle pieces. We know finding them will hurt. Sometimes we caused that hurt, maybe we even benefited from it,’ added Lindelof, who is white.

Fight the fires: Accepting the Emmy for outstanding limited series, Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson dedicated their win to African-American victims of the 1921 Tulsa massacre

Fight the fires: Accepting the Emmy for outstanding limited series, Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson dedicated their win to African-American victims of the 1921 Tulsa massacre

The winners of the Emmys this year accepted their awards from home, giving their acceptance speeches via remote camera link up. 

Regina King, who won the lead actress Emmy for her work in Watchmen, was seen sitting in an armchair wearing a T-shirt that honored police shooting victim Breonna Taylor.

‘This is so freaking weird,’ the 49-year-old commented after being showered with confetti when her name was announced

Explaining why she was wearing the t-shirt, she said: ‘Wearing Breonna´s likeness and representing her and her family and the stories that we were exploring, presenting and holding a mirror up to on Watchmen, it felt appropriate to represent with Breonna Taylor.’

She added: ‘The cops still haven´t been held accountable. She represents just decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies.’ 








'Freaking weird': Regina King, who won lead actressfor her work in Watchmen, was seen sitting in an armchair wearing a T-shirt that honored police shooting victim Breonna Taylor

‘Freaking weird’: Regina King, who won lead actressfor her work in Watchmen, was seen sitting in an armchair wearing a T-shirt that honored police shooting victim Breonna Taylor

Making a point: 'She represents just decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies.' King, 49, said of honoring Taylor

Making a point: ‘She represents just decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies.’ King, 49, said of honoring Taylor

'Watchmen was a story about trauma': King's co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series

‘Watchmen was a story about trauma’: King’s co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series

King’s co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series.

In his remarks, he shared: ‘Watchmen was a story about trauma, and the lasting scars of white domestic terrorism, police corruption and brutality.’ 

In total, Watchmen took home 11 Emmys after racking up wins at the Creative Arts Emmys handed out for technical achievements.

That left the show two Emmys short of the all-time record of 13 held by historical mini-series John Adams. 

Dutch courage: ABC's late night host Jimmy Kimmel served as emcee of the Emmys that were radically different from any other major awards show in Hollywood history

Dutch courage: ABC’s late night host Jimmy Kimmel served as emcee of the Emmys that were radically different from any other major awards show in Hollywood history

Pandemic mode: The awards show took place without an audience at LA's Staples Center and with the night's winners providing their acceptance speeches via video link

Pandemic mode: The awards show took place without an audience at LA’s Staples Center and with the night’s winners providing their acceptance speeches via video link

Fellow HBO show Succession – the saga of a powerful, backstabbing family – won big in the prestigious drama categories, while offbeat Canadian hit Schitt’s Creek performed a clean sweep of the night’s comedy prizes. 

ABC late night talk show host Kimmel emcee’d proceedings from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

There was no live star-studded audience and just a handful of celebrities who took part in person in the telecast after undergoing testing for COVID-19 and remaining socially distanced.

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards winners

Outstanding Drama Series 

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Stranger Things

Succession – WINNER

Top dog: Succession earned Outstanding Drama Seris as creator Jesse Armstrong accepted the honor in a hotel in London

Top dog: Succession earned Outstanding Drama Seris as creator Jesse Armstrong accepted the honor in a hotel in London

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place

Insecure

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

What We Do in the Shadows

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America

Unbelievable

Unorthodox

Watchmen – WINNER

 

Lead Actor, Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession – WINNER

 

Lead Actress, Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria – WINNER

Golden: Zendaya earned the big win in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on HBO series Euphoria

Golden: Zendaya earned the big win in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on HBO series Euphoria

 

Lead Actor, Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

 

Lead Actress, Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

 

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True – WINNER

 

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen – WINNER

Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere 

 

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show – WINNER

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

 

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Julia Garner, Ozark – WINNER

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Sarah Snook, Succession

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Sweeping the board: Daniel Levy won Supporting Actor in a comedy series as Schitt's Creek swept the categories

Sweeping the board: Daniel Levy won Supporting Actor in a comedy series as Schitt’s Creek swept the categories

 

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Betty Gilpin, Glow

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

 

TV Movie

American Son

Bad Education – WINNER

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend   

 

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie 

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America – WINNER

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

 

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen – WINNER

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

 

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – WINNER

The week's news: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver kept their streak going winning its fifth straight Variety Talk series gong

The week’s news: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver kept their streak going winning its fifth straight Variety Talk series gong

 

Reality Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER

Top Chef

The Voice

 

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Drunk History

Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Reality Host 

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

RuPaul, Drag Race – WINNER

Hello hello hello: RuPaul won Outstanding Reality Show as RuPaul's Drag Race also earned Outstanding Reality Competition Program

Hello hello hello: RuPaul won Outstanding Reality Show as RuPaul’s Drag Race also earned Outstanding Reality Competition Program

 

Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow

Love Is Blind

Queer Eye – WINNER

Shark Tank

A Very Brady Renovation

 

Unstructured Reality Program

Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night

Cheer – WINNER

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked

We’re Here

 

Guest Actress, Comedy

Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Bette Midler, The Politician

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

Hilarious: Maya Rudolph earned her first ever Emmy for her portrayal of Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live

Hilarious: Maya Rudolph earned her first ever Emmy for her portrayal of Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live

 

Guest Actor, Comedy

Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live

Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Dev Patel, Modern Love

Fred Willard, Modern Family

 

Guest Actress, Drama

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black

Cherry Jones, Succession – WINNER

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Harriet Walter, Succession

 

Guest Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, The Outsider

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us – WINNER

James Cromwell, Succession

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror

Martin Short, The Morning Show

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters

Hillary

McMillion$

The Last Dance – WINNER

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness

Took that personally: Michael Jordan 10-part docuseries The Last Dance won Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Took that personally: Michael Jordan 10-part docuseries The Last Dance won Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Apollo – WINNER

Beastie Boys Story

Becoming

The Great Hack

Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time

 

Animated Program

Big Mouth

Bob’s Burgers

BoJack Horseman

Rick And Morty – WINNER

The Simpsons

 

Writing for a Comedy Series

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Happy Ending) – WINNER

Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, What We Do In The Shadows (Collaboration)

Tony McNamara, The Great (The Great)

Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows (On The Run)

Michael Schur, The Good Place (Whenever You’re Ready)

Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows (Ghosts)

David West Read, Schitt’s Creek (The Presidential Suite)

 

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (This Is Not for Tears) – WINNER

Miki Johnson, Ozark (Fire Pink)

Peter Morgan, The Crown (Aberfan)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (All In)

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (Bad Choice Road)

John Shiban, Ozark (Boss Fight)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (Bagman)

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)- WINNER

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)  

Dynamic duo: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won Outstanding  Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special for Watchmen

Dynamic duo: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won Outstanding  Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special for Watchmen

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being) – WINNER

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)

Ben Semanoff, Ozark (Su Casa Es Mi Casa)

 

Directing for a Limited Series

Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People (Episode 5)

Steph Green, Watchmen (Little Fear Of Lightning)

Nicole Kassell, Watchmen (It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice)

Maria Schrader, Unorthodox – WINNER

Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere (Find A Way)

Stephen Williams, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

 

Directing for a Variety Series

Dime Davis, A Black Lady Sketch Show, (Born At Night, But Not Last Night)

Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Live Show; Chris Christie; Nathaniel Rateliff)

Linda Mendoza, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready (Flame Monroe)

David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus)

Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Episode 629)

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (Host: Eddie Murphy) – WINNER

 

 

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