Who ruled the roost at the Emmy Awards cer­e­mony?

Sun­day’s Emmys broad­cast in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing SA-time, was live, but most celebri­ties took part re­motely from their so­fas and back­yards dressed in a va­ri­ety of gowns, hood­ies and sleep­wear

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Me­dia fam­ily saga Suc­ces­sion, dystopian drama Watch­men and feel-good com­edy Schitt’s

dom­i­nated the Emmy

Creek Awards on Sun­day in a show sprin­kled with jokes about the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, po­lit­i­cal jibes and ap­peals for racial jus­tice.

“Hello, and wel­come to the Pan­dEm­mys!,” said host Jimmy Kim­mel, open­ing the show, where most celebri­ties took part re­motely from their so­fas and back­yards dressed in a va­ri­ety of gowns, hood­ies and sleep­wear.

“It seems friv­o­lous and un­nec­es­sary to do this dur­ing a global pan­demic,” Kim­mel said as he opened the live show from Los Angeles.

“What’s hap­pen­ing tonight is not im­por­tant. It’s not go­ing to stop Covid. It’s not go­ing to put out the fires, but it’s fun. And right now we need fun . ... This has been a mis­er­able year. It’s been a year of di­vi­sion, in­jus­tice (and) dis­ease,” he added.

HBO’s Suc­ces­sion, the wickedly juicy tale of a frac­tious me­dia fam­ily, was named best drama se­ries, while Jeremy Strong won best ac­tor for his role as a down­trod­den son.

“Suc­ces­sion’s seven-Emmy haul in­cluded writ­ing and di­rect­ing.

In one of the most pointed ac­cep­tance speeches of the night, cre­ator Jesse

Suc­ces­sion Arm­strong made a se­ries of what he called “un-thank yous.”

“Un-thank you to the virus for keep­ing us all apart this year. Un-thank you to Pres­i­dent Trump for his crummy and unco-or­di­nated re­sponse. Un­thank you to (Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter) Boris John­son and his gov­ern­ment for do­ing the same in my coun­try. Un-thank you to all the na­tion­al­ist and sort of quasi-na­tion­al­ist govern­ments in the world who are ex­actly the op­po­site of what we need right now,” said Arm­strong.

HBO’s al­ter­na­tive-re­al­ity show Watch­men, in­fused with racial themes, won for best lim­ited se­ries, while ac­tress Regina King won for her lead per­for­mance as the show’s kick-ass po­lice de­tec­tive.

was the night’s

Watch­men big­gest win­ner with a to­tal of 11 Emmys, in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal awards handed out last week.

HBO was the big­gest over­all win­ner, with 30 Emmys, fol­lowed by Net­flix with 21.

cre­ator Da­mon

Watch­men Lin­de­lof ded­i­cated his Emmy to the vic­tims and sur­vivors of the 1921 mas­sacre of the Black com­mu­nity in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa,

which partly in­spired the se­ries.

Sev­eral celebri­ties, in­clud­ing King, pre­sen­ter Ster­ling K Brown, and sup­port­ing

Mrs Amer­ica ac­tress win­ner Uzo Aduba, wore Black Lives Mat­ter-themed T-shirts or urged view­ers to vote in the Novem- ber 3 US elec­tions.

Schitt’s Creek, a sleeper hit on the small Pop TV net­work about a wealthy fam­ily forced to live in a rundown mo­tel, won a to­tal of nine Emmys, in­clud­ing best com­edy se­ries as well as act­ing awards for Canadian stars Cather­ine O’Hara, Eu­gene Levy, his son Daniel Levy, and An­nie Mur­phy.

The coro­n­avirus pan­demic meant no red car­pet and no phys­i­cal au­di­ence. In­stead, pro­duc­ers sent cam­era kits and mi­cro­phones to all the nom­i­nees, scat­tered in 125 places around the world, who chose how and where they wanted to be seen.

The Schitt’s Creek win­ners got their tro­phies de­liv­ered to them in a res­tau­rant-style set-up in On­tario, Canada, by a per­son dressed in a cus­tom haz­mat suit, de­signed to re­sem­ble a tuxedo.

The big­gest shock of the night came when former Dis­ney Chan­nel ac­tress Zen­daya, 24, was named best drama ac­tress for play­ing a teen drug ad­dict in HBO’s Eupho­ria, beat­ing pre­sumed favourites Laura Lin­ney (Ozark) and Jen­nifer Anis­ton

(The Show), mak­ing

Morn­ing her the youngest ac­tress to have won a best ac­tress award in this cat­e­gory.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” was named best va­ri­ety talk se­ries for the fifth suc­ces­sive year, and the Bri­tish co­me­dian ac­cepted wear­ing a red Liver­pool soc­cer shirt in hon­our of his favourite Bri­tish team. —

: REUTERS / MON­ICA ALMEIDA /

TOP OF THE CLASS: 1/ Regina King, above, win­ner of Best Ac­tress, Lim­ited Se­ries or Movie, ar­rives at the pre­miere of the HBO se­ries ‘Watch­men’ in Los Angeles in 2019. 2/ Ju­lia Garner, far left, win­ner of Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress. 3/ Daniel Levy, who co-cre­ated and stars in ‘Schitt’s Creek’, at­tends the 2020 Van­ity Fair Os­car Party in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia in Fe­bru­ary.

Pic­tures GETTY IMAGES / STEPHANE CARDINALE / FRAZER HAR­RI­SON

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