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2021 Emmy Nominees Announced; It Has To Be Better Than Last Year, Right?

While Schitt's Creek might have swept the Emmy's in the comedy category, this year's show certainly had some surprises. Don't expect anything in 2020 to be business as usual - including this major awards show!
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As the 2021 Emmy nominees have been announced this week, let’s remember what a disaster last year’s show was:

Let’s face it: the 2020 Emmys was a real Schitt’s show this year.

Plus, the Emmys statuette holding hand sanitizer speaks volumes about the year as a whole.

The First-Ever Virtual Emmy Awards

The virtual edition of television’s biggest night was definitely the weirdest Emmy Awards on record. But hey, it provided the perfect forum for TV stars to let loose about the weirdest year ever.

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 20. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the program from the nearly empty Staples Center in Los Angeles. His opening monologue can be found below.

Nominees attended via video conferencing, thanks to the pandemic. That means we got to see plenty of stars wearing regular people clothes while they enjoyed the ceremony from the safety of their own homes.

The whole thing was full of dark quarantine humor, commentary about social justice, jokes about lack of representation, requests for kindness and humanity, pleas to get out and vote… oh, and Schitt’s Creek taking home all of the awards.

Schitt’s Creek Sweeps the Awards Show

The Canadian sitcom was nominated for 15 Emmys this year. Schitt’s Creek ended up taking home the first seven awards of Sunday’s virtual ceremony. Among those was the prestigious Outstanding Comedy Series trophy.

Schitt’s Creek is actually the first-ever comedy or drama to snag all acting awards in the genre. But even more impressively, the sitcom is also the first series to receive all acting awards along with those for writing and directing, too.

HBO didn’t disappoint, either. The premium network managed to take 11 total, the most trophies for a network.

Was That an Emmy Award Holding Hand Sanitizer?

Host Kimmel definitely cleaned up at the Emmys, too. During this year’s ceremony, Kimmel was meticulous about hand hygiene as he hosted. He was getting squirts of hand sanitizer from inside the globe of an Emmys trophy.

Yes, that’s correct. In case you missed it, there was an Emmy turned into a hand sanitizer dispenser. Oh, 2020.

Jimmy Kimmel and the Emmy Awards hand sanitizer
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Plus, a true statement to 2020 as a whole, the Emmys also saw essential workers — including a USPS delivery person, a teacher, a truck driver, a nurse practitioner, a rancher, and two doctors — serve as presenters. After all, these are the people that have kept us going during the pandemic, so they kept the awards ceremony going, too.

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmys 2020 Opening Monologue

Jimmy Kimmel – 2020 Emmys

Ready to see the whole list? Here’s the list of winners from the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Daniel Levy – “Happy Ending,” Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy – “Happy Ending,” Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Comedy Series

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King – Watchmen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much is True

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson – “This Extraordinary Being,” Watchmen

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Maria Schrader – Unorthodox

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Uzo Aduba – Mrs. America

Outstanding Limited Series

Watchmen

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jeremy Strong – Succession

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Zendaya – Euphoria

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong – “This is Not for Tears,” Succession

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Andrij Parekh – “Hunting,” Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Julia Garner – Ozark

Outstanding Drama Series

Succession