Awards season is in full swing.  Last Sunday, September 20th, the first award show of the season aired.  The Emmys this year are being dubbed the “Pandemmys” because…well we’re in a pandemic if you weren’t aware.  The Emmys are the awards given for by the Television Academy.  This year, there was no iconic red carpet because all of the 138 stars were spread out across 114 locations across the globe.  All of the A-listers were still serving all the looks though ;). Click this link to look through some of the ICONIC looks.

The Emmy winners are held in the highest regard when it comes to television awards.  All of the major networks want to be the biggest winners but HBO swept the competition…they look home 11 awards! Schitt’s Creek, which airs of FOX, stole the night by winning every award in their telecast category! One of the biggest moments of the night was when Zendaya took home her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role in HBO’s Euphoria.  She is the youngest Emmy winner EVER and only the second black woman to win this category.  Not to mention her beautiful Armani Privé gown…TO DIE FOR!  This year also broke the record for most nominations and wins for black actors.  This year they had 35 nominations and 7 wins.  The previous record was 6, back in 2016.  

With this year being an election year, there was a good chance politics would be brought into the conversation.  The first winner to urge viewers to vote was Mark Ruffalo who won Lead Actor in a Limited Series.  He said in his speech for Americans to “come together and fight for each other” and to “get out and vote, and vote for love, compassion and kindness.”  Creator and executive producer of Succession, Jesse Armstrongwhich won Outstanding Drama Series, decided to “unthank” President Trump, Boris Johnson, the pandemic, and the media in his acceptance speech.  

One of the most special awards of the evening is the Governor’s Award.  It is awarded to a person, company, organization, or project who has made outstanding achievements in the arts and sciences. The award was given to Tyler Perry and The Perry Foundation.  Besides his endless list of successful TV shows, movies, and stage plays, Perry has been a prominent voice in ending childhood hunger and given children healthy food options through his organization, No Kid Hungry.  The monumental moment of Perry receiving the award was followed by all nominated broadcast and streaming partners pledging to contribute $100,000 for every Emmy win.  The Television Academy additionally pledged $500,000.  Overall, the Emmys gave an incredible $2.8 million to No Kid Hungry.

Overall, the night went smoothly.  It was a light-hearted evening within in this crazy world we are in right now.  The ceremony defied what we all thought was possible in the television and awards ceremony world.  Hopefully, we will see more of these important moments throughout the coming year.

Click here to see a full list of nominees and winners.

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