Emmys recap: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps all comedy categories, Zendaya makes history, Tyler Perry is honored

Like everything else in 2020, the Emmy Awards was like no other year.

The Emmys started off with a bang with an unprecedented sweep by “Schitt’s Creek.” The show, which ended its six-season run this year, made history by becoming the first comedy series to sweep all the comedy categories.

And the Emmys made history again when, toward the end of the show, 24-year-old Zendaya became the youngest person to win outstanding actress in a drama series.

Here is how the Emmys unfolded. Latest news on top.

Zendaya makes history

Zendaya, 24, made history when she became the youngest person to win outstanding actress in a drama series for her role in “Euphoria.”

Tyler Perry gives memorable Governors Award speech

Movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry, the recipient of this year’s Governors Award, accepted his Emmy with a story-turned-metaphor about a homemade quilt his grandmother once gave him.

Perry later saw a similar quilt in an antique store. The salesman told him the quilt was made by a former slave who added each patch of the quilt to represent a part of her life.

Perry said the story made him so “embarrassed” about his grandmother’s quilt that he brushed off the significance of the gift.

“Here I was a person who prides myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn’t even recognize the value in my grandmother’s quilt,” Perry said. “I dismissed her work and her story because it didn’t look like what I thought it should.”

“We are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts, our behavior, our experiences and our memories,” he said.

Perry noted how he now owns land that once was a Confederate Army base. Now, “on that very land, black people, white people, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, ex-cons, Latin, Asian, all of us come together working,” he said, “to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be.”

Nominee Jennifer Aniston reunites with her ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston, up for lead actress in a drama for “The Morning Show,” had some old “Friends” over on her big night — her “Friends” co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

Cox and Aniston joked that the two live together and have been roommates since 1994.

‘Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter’

Anthony Anderson, who was nominated for lead actor in “Black-ish,” appeared in-person from the Staples Center. He told Jimmy Kimmel, “I’m still rooting for everybody Black because Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter.”

Anderson led Kimmel in a chant of “Black lives matter,” telling the Emmys host to say it loud enough so Vice President “Mike Pence can hear it.”

Mark Ruffalo delivers rousing speech: ‘Make a plan and vote for love and compassion’

Mark Ruffalo delivered a powerful speech during his win for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.

“How are we going to deal and honor and take care of each other and our most vulnerable people? And we do that with love and we do that with compassion and we do that by fighting for them,” Ruffalo said to the camera. “If you have privilege, you have to fight for those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. And that’s what’s great about America — our diversity.”

“We are stronger together when we love each other and we respect each other’s diversity,” Ruffalo said. “Are we gonna be a country of division, hated and a country only for a certain kind of people? Or are we gonna be one of love and strength and fighting for those– for all of us?”

“All of us have an American dream and the pursuit of life, and liberty, love and happiness in this great country of ours,” he said.

He urged viewers, “get out right now — make a plan and vote for love and compassion and kindness.”

Regina King, who won for lead actress in a limited series or movie, ended her speech with a similar message.

“Have a voting plan,” said King, wearing a shirt honoring slain Black woman Breonna Taylor. “Go to Ballotpedia.com, vote up the ballot.”

“Be a good human,” King said, adding, “rest in power, RBG.”

King wasn’t the only star to send a sartorial message. Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Damon Lindelof also wore statement-making t-shirts, as did presenter Sterling K. Brown.

‘Schitt’s Creek’ wins every comedy award

“Schitt’s Creek,” which ended its six-season run this year, made history by becoming the first comedy series to sweep all the comedy categories, according to a Television Academy representative.

“Schitt’s Creek” took home the Emmys for outstanding comedy, best actor, best actress, outstanding writing for a comedy series, outstanding directing for a comedy series, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

“Schitt’s Creek”‘s Dan Levy, who won for writing, directing and supporting actor, in his acceptance speech for best comedy urged people to register to vote and then cast their ballot — “because that is the only way that we are going to have some love and acceptance out there,” he said.

His father and “Schitt’s Creek” costar Eugene Levy, who won the best actor award, then praised his son. Dan Levy “took our fish-out-of-water story about the Rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia and a declaration of the power of love,” he said.

‘Television is there for you’

The Emmys this year “took a page from baseball,” Kimmel said, and “filled the seats with cardboard cutouts of the nominees.”

As COVID-19 confined everyone to their homes this year, TV became the pal we all needed, Kimmel noted in his monologue.

Television is your “big brother, sister’s sister, your momma’s family, your two dads, your three sons,” he said. “Through the good times and the ‘Breaking Bads’ … television is there for you.”

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Emmys 2020: Succession, Schitt’s Creek and Watchmen crowned the big winners at ‘Pandemmys’ | Ents & Arts News

Schitt’s Creek swept the board in the comedy categories at this year’s “Pandemmys” – with Succession and Watchmen the other big winners of the night.

The Emmys 2020 ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel from a largely empty venue in Los Angeles, as the majority of winners accepted their prizes virtually due to the coronavirus crisis – the source of more than a few gags as well as moments of reflection during the event.

Succession and Watchmen (below) were big winners. Pics: HBO/ Sky UK
Regina King in Watchmen. Pic:Sky/ HBO
Regina King in Watchmen. Pic:Sky/ HBO

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, social unrest and the upcoming presidential election, the biggest night in TV was a politically charged event – with many stars urging viewers to vote – and took place without the usual glitz and glamour of the red carpet.

HBO and Sky’s Succession picked up the biggest gong of the night, for outstanding drama series, as well as awards for directing, writing and outstanding lead actor in a drama for Jeremy Strong – who saw off competition from his on-screen father, Brian Cox – aka media mogul Logan Roy.

Watchmen, which explores racism in America, was named outstanding limited series, while star Regina King also picked up the outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie prize.

But Schitt’s Creek, which ended after six series earlier this year, was the big winner of the night, picking up five top awards – for best actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, all in a comedy series, and the overall outstanding comedy series prize.

Other big awards went to Zendaya, who at at 24 became the youngest person to win the award for lead actress in a drama series, for her role in Euphoria, and Mark Ruffalo, who was named best actor in a limited series or movie for I Know This Much Is True.

Elsewhere, Ozark’s Julia Garner won outstanding supporting actress in a drama while Billy Crudup won in the male category for his portrayal of a conniving network executive in The Morning Show.

Winners accepted their awards virtually, with just a few stars joining Kimmel at the Staples Centre – including nominee Jennifer Aniston, who made a surprise appearance on stage to present the first award. Kimmel – who welcomed viewers to the “Pandemmys” – wore yellow gloves, sprayed the envelope with disinfectant and set it on fire to “burn the germs off”, before reading the winner.

Coronavirus was mentioned a few times - host Jimmy Kimmel with nominee Jennifer Aniston at the Emmys
Coronavirus was mentioned a few times – host Jimmy Kimmel with nominee Jennifer Aniston at the Emmys

Unlike the 2019 event, which saw stars including Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer picking up awards, most of the British and Irish talent missed out this year, with Olivia Colman, Jeremy Irons, Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Mescal, as well as Comer and Cox, all ending up empty-handed.

However, Jesse Armstrong picked up a prize for his writing on Succession, while John Oliver was recognised for his work on his Last Week Tonight show.

Some 130 at-home video kits had been sent to stars around the world so that winners could accept their prizes live, rather than in pre-recorded segments.

Regina King at the Emmys 2020
Emmy winner Regina King wore a T-shirt featuring Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot and killed by police in Kentucky in March
50th NAACP Image Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 30, 2019 – Chadwick Boseman poses backstage with his Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for Black Panther. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman was one of the stars remembered in the in memoriam section of the awards

King, who wore a T-shirt bearing the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot and killed by police in Kentucky in March, joined a host of stars urging viewers to vote.

At one point, Kimmel was joined on stage by actor Anthony Anderson to repeatedly declare: “Black Lives Matter.”

The in memoriam section featured singer H.E.R performing Nothing Compares 2 U, as pictures of stars including Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Adam Schlesinger, Caroll Spinney, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Kirk Douglas, Sir Ian Holm and Dame Diana Rigg appeared in black and white on a big screen behind the stage.

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Lea Michele ‘mocked trans model Plastic Martyr for using women’s bathroom at the Emmys’

Transgender model Plastic Martyr has spoken on a horrible encounter with Glee star Lea Michele at the 2010 Emmys.

Lea, best known for playing Rachel Berry on the hit show, is facing a number of accusations of racist behaviour and bullying after she Tweeted a message of support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement over the weekend.

The 33-year-old’s message sparked fury with a number of her former her colleagues and other stars – prompting them to come forward to reveal their own terrible experiences with the former Broadway star.

Now, Plastic has reflected on the nasty moment when Lea left her “feeling like a circus freak” after she mocked her using the women’s toilets at the prestigious TV event ten-years-ago.

Transgender model Plastic Martyr has spoken on a horrible encounter with Glee star Lea Michele at the 2010 Emmys

Plastic explained that she was using the WC and when she went to use the sink “mean girl” Lea stood there and blocked her as she tried to reach some soap or hand towels.

“I was just trying to get out of there.

“I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and she’s standing there blocking my reach.

“She goes, ‘Excuse me?’ and she looks at her friends, looks at me again, and says, ‘Excuse you, you’re in the woman’s bathroom.'”

She claimed: “I was in the bathroom, I don’t know her at all, I just recognized her, and I’m washing my hands and I went to reach for the soap or the paper towels.

Lea left her “feeling like a circus freak” after she mocked her using the women’s toilets at the prestigious TV event

The model shared that other women using the facilities were made to feel uncomfortable by Lea’s nasty words and that she went from “feeling on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak.”

Plastic added, during a chat with The Sun, that she was mid-transition – which she said Lea would have noticed, as she shared: “I was passable, but not as passable. I hadn’t had any surgery yet and was still undergoing laser treatment. She knew.”

Plastic’s accusations come after Lea enraged a number of her former co-workers when she took to Twitter on Saturday to pen: “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter.”

Her former Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware was the first person to call out Lea for her own behaviour and accused her of hypocrisy.

Samantha, who starred in 11 episodes of Glee in 2015, playing a character named Jane Hayward, hit out at Lea on Monday to blast the actress for unkind behaviour – and claims she was almost driven out of Hollywood herself due to the abuse she claims she suffered.

Plastic was mid-transition when the incident happened

Replying on Twitter, Samantha, 28, wrote: “Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget.

“I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s*** in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions. That made me question a career in Hollywood…”

Following the backlash Lea, who has since been dropped as the face of Hello Fresh in wake of the Tweets, addressed the allegations on Wednesday and apologised to Samantha.

She wrote: “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or colour of their skin, that’s not really the point.

“What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times…

Plastic says she went from “feeling on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak” after Lea mocked her

This week a number of Glee stars have taken to the social media to share the horrible encounters they experienced with Lea

“Or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologise for my behaviour and for any pain which I have caused.

“We can all grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

Following this a number of other Glee stars took to the social media site to share the horrible encounters they experienced with Lea.

Among the stars claiming Lea is unpleasant and rude are Dabier Snell, Alex Newell, Heather Morris and Gerard Canonico.

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