Emmys 2020: Zendaya and 'Schitt's Creek' Break Major Awards Records

The Primetime Emmys 2020 has now given out its major awards, with Succession, Schitt's Creek and Watchmen among the shows taking home multiple trophies. One of the most surprising wins of the night, meanwhile, was Zendaya, who made history by winning in one of the most competitive races of the night.

The 24-year-old actor won the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, beating former Emmy winners Jodie Comer, Jennifer Aniston and Laura Linney, Oscar winner Olivia Colman and multiple Emmy nominee Sandra Oh. With this win, the Euphoria actor became the youngest ever winner in the category. She took the record from fellow nominee Jodie Comer, who was 26 when she won her first Emmy for Killing Eve.

This lead Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel to joke, "she's younger than Baby Yoda and she already has an Emmy"—though it should be noted that in The Mandalorian The Child is 50, meaning that about half of the awards' acting winners were younger than Baby Yoda this year.

Zendaya is also only the second Black actor to win the category following Viola Davis' win in 2015 for How to Get Away with Murder. This came in a year in which the Television Academy nominated the most Black actors ever, with 35 of the 102 acting nominees being Black.

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Zendaya in 'Euphoria'. Her Emmy win for the show made her the youngest ever person to win in the actress in a drama category. HBO

On the night, Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Uzo Aduba joined Zendaya as Black winners, while actors like Octavia Spencer, Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown were snubbed.

The biggest record-breaker of the night, however, was Schitt's Creek, which in its final season dominated the comedy acting categories and finally picked up an Emmy for best comedy.

In total, the show won nine Emmys—seven during the Primetime Emmys on September 20 and two at the Creative Arts Emmys. This is more than any other comedy series has won in a single season, beating The Marvelous Mrs' Maisel which won eight awards in each of its first two seasons.

The Canadian show also won all seven major comedy awards, making it the first show to ever do so. Schitt's Creek won for outstanding comedy series, writing and directing, and Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara all won for their acting in the show.

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'Schitt's Creek' broke a number of Emmy records Pop TV

All four won in the acting categories for the first time, though Eugene Levy and O'Hara had previously won writing awards.

The night was a particularly good one for Dan Levy, who personally won four Emmys for writing, directing, producing and acting on the show.

This makes him the first man to win four awards in one night at the Emmys. Dan and Eugene Levy, meanwhile, were the second father and child team to win Emmys this year, with Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones also both winning for This Is Us and #FreeRayshawn respectively.

Another winner on the night was Watchmen, which won 11 Emmys in the Primetime and Creative Arts awards. This was not, however, enough to beat John Adams, which still holds the record for a limited series with 13.