2020 Emmy Awards in Review


The year 2020 has been a challenging time for all, and during this difficult time, traditions have had to change to ensure safety. This year’s Emmy Television Academy Awards were like no other. Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, hosted this year’s Emmy awards to an empty audience, while the celebrity nominees watched from home via Zoom.
The night proved to be historic aside from its external conditions. Starting off the awards show with a bang, Schitt’s Creek blew the competition away and became the first show in history to win nearly every comedic category.
Near the end of the show, history was made once again by the talented 24 year-old actress, Zendaya. She received an award for outstanding actress in a drama series for her role in the popular show Euphoria. Zendaya is also the youngest actress to ever win in this category and the second ever black female to receive this award.
Additionally, while the night’s focus was on outstanding performances in mostly fictional worlds, some actors, such as Mark Ruffalo and Regina King, took the “stage” to express the importance of voting in this year’s upcoming election.

Ruffalo ended his speech by saying, “We are stronger together when we love each other and we respect each other’s diversity.”

Regina King ended her speech by reminding the viewers where to vote, “Have a voting plan… Go to Ballotpedia.com, vote up the ballot.”
This year’s Emmy awards was one for the history books, and next year’s award shows also might be affected by the lack of filming with large groups of people during this time. Nevertheless, this year’s Emmy Awards showed us a great example of how to continue long-standing traditions while being safe.


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