Everything's coming up Roses at the Emmys

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Annie Murphy, from left, Catherine O'Hara, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Karen Robinson, Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy accept the award for outstanding comedy series for "Schitt's Creek" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Annie Murphy, from left, Catherine O'Hara, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Karen Robinson, Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy accept the award for outstanding comedy series for "Schitt's Creek" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel appears with a screen filled with nominees during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel appears with a screen filled with nominees during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jason Bateman appears in the audience surrounded by cardboard cutouts during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jason Bateman appears in the audience surrounded by cardboard cutouts during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jesse Armstrong, center, and the team from "Succession" accept the award for outstanding drama series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jesse Armstrong, center, and the team from "Succession" accept the award for outstanding drama series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

  • In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jeremy Strong accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Succession" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast.

    In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jeremy Strong accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Succession" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

 
By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
Updated 9/20/2020 10:46 PM

LOS ANGELES -- "Schitt's Creek," the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family named the Roses, made history at Sunday's Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including "Frasier" and "Modern Family" failed to achieve.

The awards for the Pop TV comedy included best comedy series and trophies for its stars, including Catherine O'Hara and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It is absolutely incredible. I think my dad said it best earlier this evening: it's a dream you don't want to wake up from, to be honest. What an absolutely unbelievable way to end our series," Daniel Levy said backstage.

In his acceptance speech, he said the sitcom was about "the transformational effects of love and acceptance, and this is something we need more now than ever before," encouraging people to register and vote to achieve that goal.

Zendaya, 24, became the youngest lead drama actress winner for her role as a troubled teenager in "Euphoria."

"I know this seems like a really weird time to be celebrating," Zendaya said. "But I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there. I know our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that," but thanked young people out there "doing the work."

"Succession," a family power struggle over a media empire, was honored as best drama series, and star Jeremy Strong won the drama actor trophy for his role as an aspiring heir.

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All the winners accepted their awards virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony, including O'Hara, but she wasn't alone.

"Though these are the strangest of days, may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family as I had with my dear Roses," O'Hara said, surrounded in a decorated room by mask-wearing co-stars who play the Rose family members.

Eugene Levy called it "ironical that the straightest role I ever played lands me an Emmy for a comedy performance. I have to seriously question what I've been doing" for the past 50 years.

Moments later, his son won the award for comedy writing, then shared a directing award and captured the supporting actor comedy trophy. The supporting actress trophy went to his co-star Annie Murphy.

Daniel Levy thanked his father and O'Hara for teaching an extended "master class" in comedy. The show's sweep came for its much-acclaimed final season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

References to coronavirus were an ongoing part of the ceremony, with essential workers -- including a teacher and a UPS deliveryman -- presenting awards and Jason Sudeikis ostensibly getting a COVID-19 test onstage.

In a year with a record number of Black nominees, 35, there was a notable lack of diversity in the show's early going. With Levy's show gobbling up comedy awards, that left "Insecure" and creator Issa Rae empty-handed Sunday.

That was also true of Ramy Youssef, creator-star of the semi-autbiographical comedy "Ramy," about a young Muslim American's love and religious life. Yousef tweeted a video of a haz-mat suit-wearing person clutching an Emmy and waving goodbye after he lost the lost the comedy actor category.

There was a sign of change with the drama awards, which came in the latter part of the ceremony.

The powerful series "Watchmen," a graphic novel-adaptation steeped in racial pain, was voted best limited series and Regina King won lead actress for her work on the HBO show. She was showered by confetti as she accepted in an armchair, wearing a T-shirt that honored police shooting victim Breonna Taylor.

"This is so freaky and weird," said King, who regained her composure and called on viewers to vote and, backstage, explained why she wore the message shirt.

"The cops still haven't been held accountable," she said. "She represents just decades, hundreds of years of violence against Black bodies. Wearing Breonna's likeness and representing her and her family and the stories that we were exploring, presenting and holding a mirror up to on 'Watchmen,' it felt appropriate to represent with Breonna Taylor."

Her co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series. Uzo Aduba won the counterpart actress award for her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm in "Mrs. America."

Tyler Perry, the actor turned media mogul, accepted the Governors Award.

Supporting drama awards went to Billy Crudup for "The Morning Show" and repeat winner Julia Garner for "Ozark."

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" was again honored as best variety-talk series, with David Letterman announcing the award after being abandoned roadside by an annoyed ride-share driver.

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the show with a monologue that appeared to be defiantly delivered in front of a packed, cheering theater -- until it was revealed they were clips from past Emmy shows.

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