The Emmys were socially distanced this year, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, with plenty of special guests. Nearly every nominee (over 100) zoomed in to find out if they won or lost (and if you were anywhere other than the US, that must’ve been hell on your sleep schedule). In a pre-recorded bit, we found out that new She-Hulk Tatiana Maslany has been making wine in her toilet!
Canada’s little gem, Schitt’s Creek, swept the comedy categories, which hasn’t been done since…ever, actually. But you’re probably wondering about the likes of The Mandalorian and Watchmen and maybe even What We Do in the Shadows. WWDitS sadly didn’t win any Emmys at the main ceremony (they all went to Schitt’s Creek, and good for them), but Watchmen picked up Outstanding Limited Series, the biggest award they were nominated for Sunday night. Watchmen also got Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, with our Sister Night, Regina King, picking up her 4th Emmy in five years. Dr. Manhattan also won an award, with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie. Considering the category had three Watchmen nominees, that’s a great win—no vote-splitting here!
Watchmen also won two Emmys at the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys Saturday night: Outstanding Casting for Limited Series, Movie or Special and Outstanding Sound Editing for Limited Series, Movie or Special. They also won Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie, with series creator Damon Lindelof and writer Cord Jefferson winning for “This Extraordinary Being”.
The Mandalorian won more Emmys at the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Series) and Outstanding Stunt Coordinator for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie. At the main ceremony, it was only nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, and it had steep competition, namely Succession. And Succession won. Oh well, just getting nominated is honestly a reward in and of itself for The Mandalorian.
The Hulk, also known as Mark Ruffalo, won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for HBO’s I Know This Much is True, which led Kimmel to point out that this meant Hulk had beat Wolverine (Hugh Jackman was up in the same category for HBO’s Bad Education, which won for Outstanding Television Movie).
Other notable awards at the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys included Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in a tie with We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest for Outstanding Children’s Program. Rick and Morty won Outstanding Animated Series. Mr. Robot won the most futuristic-sounding award of the night, Outstanding Interactive Extension of a Linear Program.
A favorite win of the night went to Zendaya, (our MJ in the new Spider-Man movies), for Euphoria. It’s neat to see two MCU cast members (Ruffalo being the other one) winning multiple Emmys in one night!
The ceremony as a whole was a fun time, if just generally weird (but isn’t everything weird). All the winners were ecstatic, and some happiness right now is just what we need. Canada triumphed, and so did us nerds, and that’s what matters. If there’s an opportunity to watch this unique awards show experiment after the fact, check it out.