Emmys 2020: Schitt’s Creek, Watchmen, and Succession dominated the evening

Watchmen -- Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.photo: Mark Hill/HBO
Watchmen -- Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.photo: Mark Hill/HBO /

Schitt’s Creek, Watchmen, and Succession took home some of the biggest and best prizes during the 72nd Emmy Awards last night.

There’s no denying that the 72nd Emmy Awards ceremony was a far cry from what viewers and attendees are used to. With the COVID-19 pandemic still unfolding, the Television Academy was forced to turn its awards show into a virtual affair. And things ran fairly smoothly, even if there were a few awkward moments sprinkled in. (Aren’t there always?)

And as with any Emmys ceremony, there were a few television shows that dominated the evening, taking home the majority of the awards in their respective categories.

So, what were the biggest shows of the evening?

Schitt’s Creek

There’s no denying that Schitt’s Creek had a solid awards show this year since the series quite literally swept the entire comedy category. Not only did it take home the trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series, but it landed the following awards as well:

  • Lead Actor – Comedy Series: Eugene Levy
  • Lead Actress – Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara
  • Supporting Actor – Comedy Series: Daniel Levy
  • Supporting Actress – Comedy Series: Annie Murphy
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy for “Happy Ending”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy for “Happy Ending”

With Schitt’s Creek taking the gold for the entirety of the major comedy awards, it set a new record for the most wins for a single season of comedy. That said, it doesn’t hold the record for most awards won in a single year. That honor still goes to Game of Thrones. 


HBO’s Watchmen was one of the most exciting debuts of the fall 2019 season, and it won several major awards in the Limited Series category. That includes the Outstanding Limited Series award itself, but the show also snagged a few other trophies:

  • Lead Actress – Limited Series or Movie: Regina King
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for “This Extraordinary Being”
  • Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

It was especially satisfying to see Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II receive recognition for their stellar acting as Angela Abar (Sister Night) and Cal Abar (Doctor Manhattan), respectively. The two breathed life into Watchmen, and they more than deserved the wins. (And we all know just about every episode of Watchmen could have landed the Oustanding Writing honor.)


Succession is shaping up to take Game of Thrones’ place as HBO’s biggest hit, and it didn’t disappoint when it came to winning honors in the drama category last night. Although Euphoria, The Morning Show, and Ozark all managed to snag honors, Succession won the biggest award in the category: Outstanding Drama Series.

On top of that, Succession took home trophies for the following:

  • Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Strong
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Jesse Armstrong for “This Is Not for Tears”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Andrij Parekh for “Hunting”

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Were you happy with the Emmy winners this year? Were there any shows or celebrities you felt got snubbed? Sound off in the comments below.