It was Regina King, who won her fourth Emmy of her career on Sunday, who perhaps most succinctly and accurately summed up the procedure: “This is crazy.”
Why, yes, getting your Emmy handed over in your house by a person you didn’t know was coming, with fellow nominees zooming in from their own homes, as host Jimmy Kimmel played against a house with empty seats and cardboard cutouts – well , it was weird as heck.
But the ‘Pandemmys’, as host Kimmel called this strangest awards show, worked pretty well at times too – when Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston didn’t get close to accidentally setting the Staples Center on fire with an overly zealous attempt to get the prize of a winner. envelope with real flames (yes, a coronavirus joke).
Some key moments of an unforgettable unusual night:
WE HAVE WHAT THEY HAVE
Whatever flames actually burned onstage, the real fire took place in Toronto, where the assembled cast and creators of “Schitt’s Creek” had an incredible night. The first prize of the evening, Best Actress in a Comedy, went to the gifted veteran Catherine O’Hara, and after that they kept winning, the Canadian audience got more and more giddy when it became clear that this little show about a prosperous family was on her luck . won the comedy awards. No one was more excited than Daniel Levy, son of Best Actor winner Eugene Levy; the younger Levy won the prize for writing comedies, shared a directorial award and took the trophy for a supporting role. ‘The internet is about to turn me on. I’m so sorry, ”said Levy.
Sorry not sorry.
A CALL TO THE CAB
Levy used some of his considerable microphone time to urge viewers to vote in November. He noted that his show was “ at its core about the transformational effects of love and acceptance, ” and he urged people to “ go out and vote, because that’s the only way we get love and acceptance. ‘. Of course he wasn’t alone: King, when she won for HBO’s “Watchmen,” reminded viewers, “Have a voting plan, go to ballotpedia.com, please vote. Also emphasizing the importance of the vote: Mark Ruffalo, a winner for “I Know This Much Is True.”
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE AT HOME
It was a solution born of necessity, with winners (usually) giving their acceptance speech from home. But there was something joyful about watching people in their own living room, surrounded by people they loved, as clumsy or messy as it was at times. For example, when Ruffalo spoke of the “ great, important moment ahead ” as a country, he was cheered with smiles, tears and pumped fists by his wife Sunny, arguably one of the most supportive husbands in Emmy history. At one point, we must say, we just stopped watching Ruffalo and focused on his wife. On Twitter, there was at least one call for her to win Best Supporting Actress.
Uzo Aduba, who won her Emmy for playing Shirley Chisholm in ‘Mrs. America, “knew first what she had to say,” Mom, I won! “Her mother, it turned out, was downstairs, and, according to Aduba, a little confused about how it worked.” She didn’t quite understand, ”Aduba said later.” “What do you mean the Emmys will be in the house? there people here? ”She was downstairs and so excited and so proud.” The best part was when Aduba finished her speech, turned away from us, and promptly shouted, “Mama!”
ZENDAYA MAKES HISTORY
Yet another heartwarming homemade moment came when, at the age of 24, Zendaya became the youngest winner of the best actress in a drama for playing a troubled teen in ‘Euphoria’. Surrounded by a large group of cheering family and friends, there was indeed unbridled euphoria in the room. “I know this seems like a really weird time to celebrate,” said Zendaya. But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know our TV show isn’t always a good example of that. ”
There were no fashion rules on a night when some people seemed dressed all the way down and others all the way up (we saw you, Billy Porter). Both King and Aduba used that freedom to highlight an important moment in the fight for social justice, wearing T-shirts that referred to Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was reported by police in March. was shot and killed. “The police have still not been held responsible,” said King in a Zoom session with reporters. She represents only decades, hundreds of years of violence against black bodies. With Breonna’s likeness and representing her and her family and the stories we were exploring, presenting and holding up a mirror about ‘Watchmen’, it felt appropriate to co-represent Taylor with Breonna. “Aduba wore a black T-shirt with Taylor’s name in gold. Sterling K. Brown presented the show’s final prize for best drama in a Black Lives Matter shirt.
A REFRESHING THANK YOU
Winners usually thank their husbands, their children, their parents, and their agents – their therapists, not so much. That’s why it was very moving to hear Cord Jefferson, who won for writing on ‘Watchmen’, thank his own therapist, who he identified only as Ian. “I am a different man than I was two years ago,” he said. “I love you, you have changed my life in many ways.” He added, “Therapy should be free in this country.”
O’HARA, EMBRACING HER AGE
We mentioned her here before, but she’s so damn good, she’s getting her own item. When O’Hara won her best actress award for “Schitt’s Creek,” she was referring to how hard it is for a woman her age – she’s 66, like her character – to get juicy roles like she did on this show . “I will be forever grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy,” she said, “for the chance to play a woman of a certain age, my age, who will become completely her ridiculous self.” Her fans are grateful that she was completely ridiculous for six seasons, and look forward to future, uh, ridiculousness.