The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was originally to be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was instead held at the Staples Center, while winners gave speeches virtually from their homes. The ceremony was held on September 20, 2020, and broadcast in the U.S. by ABC. It was preceded by the 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19. The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
The nominations were announced on July 28, 2020, by Leslie Jones, Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany. Watchmen led the nominations with eleven, followed by Succession with ten and Ozark with nine.
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Zendaya made history at the Emmys 2020, becoming the youngest person to win best lead actress in a drama. The 24-year-old won for her role as Rue in Euphoria.
She is also the second Black woman to ever receive that award, after Viola Davis in 2015.
RECORD SET FOR MOST WINS BY BLACK ACTORS AND MORE STATS FROM 2020 AWARDS
It was a historic Sunday night at the first-ever virtual Emmys. For one, the awards were given to a record number of Black performers.
Seven Black actors got awards in the main categories, setting a record that was established in 2016 when six won. Four of the top acting categories went to Zendaya (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Euphoria), Regina King (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie, Watchmen), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, Watchmen) and Uzo Aduba (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie, Mrs. America). Earlier performers that won awards in additional major categories earlier in the week at the Creative Arts Emmys were Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live), Eddie Murphy (Saturday Night Live), Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us).
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Kelly Preston, Nick Cordero and Kobe Bryant Left Out of Emmys 2020 In Memoriam
While many late stars were honored during the #Emmys’ annual In Memoriam segment, Kelly Preston, Kobe Bryant and Nick Cordero were noticeably not.
While there were many beloved familiar faces featured during the 2020 Emmy’s In Memoriam segment, some were noticeably missing.
During the virtual ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 20, H.E.R. gave a moving performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” as the names and pictures of actors, producers, executives, writers and directors who had died in 2020 were shown on-screen in tribute. Among the late stars mentioned were Regis Philbin, Naya Rivera, James Lipton, Jerry Stiller, Kirk Douglas and Chadwick Boseman. Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18, as he introduced the segment.
However, as the internet was quick to notice, Nick Cordero, Kelly Preston and Kobe Bryant were not mentioned. Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in January, had won a Sports Emmy Award in 2018 and was posthumously honored with the Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award in July. Preston, who held various TV roles throughout her career, died from breast cancer in July. Broadway star Nick Cordero, who also had a mix of smaller TV roles on his résumé over the years, died in July, nearly four months after he was admitted to the hospital with coronavirus.
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Two Nigerians Were Nominated
Yvonne Anuli Orji and Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba were nominees for Emmys 2020. Yvonne Orji was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series Category as Molly in Insecure, Annie Murphy won in that category.
Uzo Aduba won the Outstanding supporting Actress in a Drama Series as Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America.
This is her 3rd Emmy Award in 4 nominations and she is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant.
Yvonne Orji’s Emmys Hairstyle Made A Great Statement
The Insecure Actress and First-time nominee got ready for the prestigious Emmy Award night with a gorgeous and great hairstyle; a Black Power fist carved into her tapered fro. She captioned it “NUFF SAID”.