The Emmy Awards have been hosted to honor the best of television media since 1949, and the 72nd ceremony was just hosted ten days ago.
The shows themselves are awarded as the best out of their category, as are the lead actors and actresses in comedies and dramas, supporting actors and actresses in a TV series, and even the directors of the shows. This year’s Emmy Awards was like nothing we’ve ever seen before, with virtual watch parties and acceptance speeches, and only a few presenters on stage. The highlights of the Emmys included the immense success Schitt’s Creek had, Zendaya’s award for her work in drama, the streaming services’ big wins.
Schitt’s Creek Wins Big
Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian comedy series that has gained thousands of fans since it first aired in 2015, and even more since it hit Netflix. The show follows the wealthy Rose family, father Johnny, mother Moira, son David, and daughter Alexis, as they suddenly lose their wealthy, privileged life and are forced to move to a run-down town they once bought as a joke. At first, they are reluctant to adapt, but as the show continues, they adjust to their new lives.
The reverse rags-to-riches story has captured an international audience. Schitt’s Creek broke records this year, winning seven major awards in a single year, including the four main acting categories, and was the first comedy or drama to do so. Dan Levy, who plays David in the show, was the first person to win awards for four different roles: actor, producer, director, and writer. Additionally, when the Emmys and the Creative Emmys given to Schitt’s Creek were combined, the show became the most-awarded comedy in a single year.
Zendaya and Euphoria
Zendaya began her career on Disney Channel, starring on the shows Shake it Up and K.C. Undercover, but the actress has long moved beyond Disney and has diversified the kinds of roles she plays. In Euphoria, which began last year and is a Hulu original, Zendaya plays the role of 17-year old Rue, the narrator of the series.
Zendaya’s work on the show has been widely praised, as has the concepts and writing of the show itself. With her win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, Zendaya became the youngest person to ever be given the award. Fans, family members, friends, and fellow actresses were elated, and the pure, unscripted joy on Zendaya’s face and the faces of those at her virtual viewing party was one of the best parts of the 2020 Emmy Awards.
Streaming Services’ Role in the Future
The most recent Emmy Awards have shown an interesting trend; shows that are produced by traditional networks like ABC and NBC are still being nominated, but not nearly as much as original shows made by streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO had a combined number of 83 nominations, totaling almost three-fourths of the overall count. Just 30 nominations were left for traditional networks and other streaming services.
When they were first introduced, streaming services were popular because they offered a variety of well-liked, on-demand TV shows, and offered the ability to watch from anywhere, on a phone, tablet, or laptop, not just on a TV. But now, these companies are taking advantage of their large number of subscribers and the success they’ve had to produce their own, original shows, and this has brought them even more success. HBO’s limited series Watchmen received eleven nominations, and they won four.
HBO also claimed Succession and Prime Video is responsible for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The Emmy Awards were hosted and presented for the 72nd time on September 20, celebrating the best of television. Schitt’s Creek won a record amount of Emmys for a comedy series, while Zendaya set a record for the youngest person to ever win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Euphoria. Additionally, streaming services claimed over eighty nominations and saw their original shows win big, a trend that will likely continue in the Emmy Awards shows to come.