The 2020 Emmy Awards

By Lisa Respers France, Marianne Garvey and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 6:01 AM ET, Mon September 21, 2020
30 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
10:49 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Regina King's room and tribute to Breonna Taylor gets "10/10"

From CNN's Sandra Gonzalez

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Regina King accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" 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, Regina King accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

Regina King picked up an award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen." 

And the people behind the Room Rater Twitter account, who are rating celebrity backgrounds for CNN tonight, have made her a two-time winner: 

“Great lamp. Love the power chairs. Pillows. Breonna Taylor. 10/10," Jessie Bahrey said.
12:20 a.m. ET, September 21, 2020

"Watchmen" wins outstanding writing for limited series or TV movie

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Damon Lindelof, left, and Cord Jefferson accept the award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special for "Watchmen" for "This Extraordinary Being" 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, Damon Lindelof, left, and Cord Jefferson accept the award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special for "Watchmen" for "This Extraordinary Being" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won for their words on "Watchmen."

Jefferson thanked his therapist, Ian, whom he said "changed my life, I love you."

"Therapy should be free in this country," Jefferson said.

He also recognized the men and women who died in the Tulsa massacre in 1921, which the series revolved around.

"This country neglects and forgets its own history at its own peril often," he said. "We should never forget them."

10:06 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Mark Ruffalo has a positive message with his Emmy win: "Get out and vote"

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

Mark Ruffalo had a message tonight as he accepted his Emmy win.

The actor, who won outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for "I Know This Much Is True," encouraged watchers to vote and said Americans have a big decision ahead of them.

"One thing I've learned from family ... is that we are stronger together when we love each and respect each other's diversity," he said.

9:39 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Regina King takes home lead actress Emmy for "Watchmen"

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

It was all laughter and smiles when Regina King won for her role in "Watchmen."

And she actually was already home, as were all the other nominees because of the pandemic and received the trophy from someone who handed her the award on air.

"This is so freaking weird," King said.

The actress encouraged people to vote and paid tribute to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died Friday.

King donned a shirt with a photo of Breonna Taylor, the Louisville EMT who was shot by police and died earlier this year.

9:41 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" wins outstanding variety talk series

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, John Oliver accepts the award for outstanding variety talk series for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" 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, John Oliver accepts the award for outstanding variety talk series for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP

John Oliver thanked all the other hosts for "working so hard" as he accepted the Emmy for "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" while wearing a maroon hoodie and describing how he had not seen his crew in six months.

"Thank you again to my staff. I haven't seen my staff in six months. I miss you so much and I honestly cannot wait until we are in the same space together whenever that is," Oliver said.

10:50 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Room Rater gives "Schitt's Creek" cast party a 10 out of 10: "The Roses are winning all the points"

From CNN's Sandra Gonzalez

Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey are the duo behind the popular and endlessly entertaining Twitter account @ratemyskyperoom.

On the first virtual Emmy night in the show’s history, when celebrities are walking on their living room carpet instead of the red carpet, Taylor and Bahrey will be guest rating celebrity backgrounds for CNN. 

In their first critique, they take on the "Schitt's Creek" team, who swept the comedy categories and celebrated with each other at a fancy-looking (and socially distant) cast party.

Here’s what Bahrey said:

“Beautifully lit. The Canadians are cleaning up. The Roses are winning all the points. 10/10."
9:07 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

"Schitt's Creek" wins outstanding comedy series, because of course it did

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Have you been reading our coverage here?

If so you should have known "Schitt's Creek" was going to win because it's been killing all night.

Co-creators Eugene Levy and his son Daniel accepted the award and the elder had some words of praise for his progeny.

"I also want to thank once again this young man who who took our fish out of water story about the Rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia and a declaration of the power of love," Eugene Levy said.

Oh, and we got to see Jason Sudeikis get swabs shoved up his nose in a joke about Covid-19 tests before he presented the award.

9:31 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

"Schitt's Creek" Daniel Levy says "Go vote"

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

"Schitt's Creek" Daniel Levy is sweeping up tonight's Emmys, but is appreciating the moment.

He took a moment during his one of his wins to share a message: Go Vote.

Levy urged viewers to go register to vote "because that is the only way that we are going to have some love and acceptance out there. Please do that."

9:13 p.m. ET, September 20, 2020

Annie Murphy wins for "Schitt's Creek"

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

Annie Murphy brought "a little bit Alexis" to her Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for "Schitt's Creek," wearing her A necklace as she accepted the award in front of a tearful Daniel Levy.