The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards: A Summary


Sarah Larson, Arts and Community Writer

Last week, on Sunday Sept. 20, the 72 Primetime Emmy Awards were held on ABC. This event took place at the Staples center in Los Angeles and because of Covid19 there was no red-carpet event and guests attended and awards were given virtually. This year’s host was Jimmy Kimmel who made his presentations at the staples center while other presenters announced nominees and winners virtually.  

Also, at this years awards ceremony, Schitt’s Creek, a Canadian sitcom, became the first comedy series to win all four main acting categories in a single year. In addition, they also became the first comedy or drama series to win all seven major awards in a single year. Actor Dan Levy, who plays David Rose on Schitt’s Creek became the first person to win an award in all four major disciplines in a single year. One last record breaker was Zendaya becoming the youngest person to win outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her performance in Euphoria. 

Other winners include HBO’s Succession for Outstanding Drama Series, Watchmen for Outstanding Limited Series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race for Outstanding Competition Program. Also, for individual actors there was Jeremy Strong for his role as Kendall Roy on Succession, Mark Ruffalo as Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in I Know This Much is True, Regina King  as Angela Abar/Sister Night on WatchmenBilly Crudup as Cory Ellison on The Morning Show, Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore on Ozark, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Calvin “Cal” Abar on Watchmen, and Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm on Mrs. America. Lastly, awards for directing were awarded to Andrij Parekh for Succession and Maria Schrader for Unorthodox. 


Sarah Larson is a Dakota Student Opinion Writer. She can be reached at [email protected].