2020 Emmys: setting the example for awards shows in the future


Cass Salot

Sunday was home to the 72nd Television Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Emmys. Though in the midst of a global pandemic, the television academy put on a stunning (socially distant) award show. 
Host Jimmy Kimmel presented the majority of the awards along with little guest appearances from Hollywood’s biggest stars. Meanwhile, the nominees were either at their homes or secluded areas awaiting to see who the awards would go to. Kimmel made many jokes surrounding the coronavirus and the heavy precautions that he, along with the television academy, were taking to prevent the spread. 
With the talk about taking precautions, host Jimmy Kimmel took extreme measures to have the safest award show.
 “Ok, now we just need to sanitize the envelope, I will spray it. Alot,” Kimmel said.  “Now it goes into the basket and we light it up and wait five seconds once all the germs have been burned off.” Kimmel was presenting the award for best actress in a comedy series, which was awarded to Catherine O’hara. 
The show started with “Schitt’s Creek” sweeping the comedy category. The show itself made history last night with seven Emmy wins, making the show set a new record for most Emmy wins in a single year for a comedy series. Catherine O’hara, Annie Murphy, Eugene and Dan Levy all won for their roles in the show while the show’s directors and writers also took home awards. The show itself also won outstanding comedy series.
Regina King, now a four time Emmy Award winner took home her fourth Emmy last night for her role in “Watchmen,” while Mark Ruffalo took home his second for his role in “I Know This Much is True. 
But what people are holding dear to their hearts and are considering the most amazing Emmy win of the night was when Zendaya won best actress in a drama series for her role in “Euphoria.” That was Zendaya’s first Emmy nomination and win. 
Along with those big wins, other records were made this year when Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones both won Emmys this year and became the first father-daughter duo to both win Emmys in the same year. 
The 72nd Television Academy Awards can be used as a model for other future award shows this year to prove that we can still go on, even in these unprecedented times.