Emmy Awards 2020: Succession, Watchmen and Schitt's Creek win big

The winners of the 2020 Emmy Awards have been announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel from Los Angeles.

Quirky comedy Schitt's Creek, media family satire Succession and dystopian drama Watchmen dominated the show where the coronavirus pandemic meant most celebrities took part from their sofas and backyards dressed in a variety of gowns, hoodies and sleepwear.

The biggest shock of the night came when former Disney Channel actress Zendaya, 24, was named Best Drama Actress for playing a teen drug addict in HBO's Euphoria, beating presumed favourites Laura Linney (Ozark) and Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show).

Schitt's Creek - about a wealthy family that is forced to live in a rundown motel - won seven Emmys, including Best Comedy Series and acting awards for Canadian stars Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy.

It was the first time in the Emmy Awards' 72 years that a comedy won all seven categories in the same year, organisers said.

The main 2020 Emmy winners are as follows:

  • Best Drama Series: Succession 
  • Best Comedy Series: Schitt's Creek
  • Best Limited Series: Watchmen 
  • Best Comedy Actor: Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
  • Best Comedy Actress: Catherine O'hara, Schitt's Creek
  • Best Drama Actor: Jeremy Strong, Succession
  • Best Drama Actress: Zendaya, Euphoria
  • Best Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, Watchmen
  • Best Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
  • Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
  • Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek

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