By Beth Deitchman
Just 10 months after its launch, Disney+ received eight trophies in the 72nd Emmy® Awards, including seven Emmys® for The Mandalorian, from Lucasfilm, and one for Pixar’s Forky Asks a Question: What is Love. This marks the most Emmy wins ever for a streaming service in its inaugural year.
Titles from across The Walt Disney Company combined to win 21 Creative Arts Emmys plus two juried awards and one Primetime Emmy, which was given to Uzo Aduba for her acclaimed performance in the FX limited series Mrs. America, for a total of 24 awards in all for this year. In addition to The Mandalorian, ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times” and The Oscars®, and National Geographic’s The Cave were honored in multiple categories, receiving two Emmys apiece. Disney’s additional Emmy-winning titles also included black-ish from ABC; Godfather of Harlem and This Is Us from Disney Television Studios; Archer from FX (juried award); The Handmaid’s Tale from Hulu; Life Below Zero and National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Possible Worlds from National Geographic (juried award); and The Last Dance from ESPN, which was named Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
Both the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremonies looked a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Creative Arts Emmys were announced in five ceremonies held from September 14–19 on Emmys.com and, for the final night, broadcast live on FXX. Jimmy Kimmel presided over the Emmy festivities last night on ABC, hosting live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center where an advanced technological set-up made it possible to produce the first major awards show during the global health crisis.
Kimmel kicked off the primetime ceremony with an opening monologue that was missing only one thing: a live audience. Revealing that he was standing alone on stage at Staples Center rather than amusing a packed house full of TV’s biggest stars (who appeared to be in attendance via archival footage from previous years), Kimmel stressed our collective need for fun right now and the desire to celebrate television—that “old friend” who has been there for us during the pandemic, 24 hours a day. Through everything, Kimmel said, “television is there for you.”
Uzo Aduba went on to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for her role in FX’s Mrs. America as Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first African American Congresswoman. Accepting her award from home, Aduba thanked Chisholm “for her championship for all people who have been forgotten and marginalized, who she represented.”
Below is the list of all of The Walt Disney Company’s Emmy recipients for 2020. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times” (2 wins)
- Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
- Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special
The Oscars (2 Wins)
- Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special
ABC / DISNEY TELEVISION STUDIOS
- Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling – “Hair Day”
DISNEY+ / LUCASFILM LTD.
The Mandalorian (7 wins)
- Outstanding Cinematography For A Single Camera Series (Half-Hour) – “Chapter 7: The Reckoning”
- Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour) – “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
- Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) – “Chapter 8: Redemption”
- Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation – “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation – “Chapter 2: The Child”
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “Chapter 2: The Child”
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie
DISNEY+ / PIXAR
Forky Asks a Question: What Is Love?
- Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
DISNEY TELEVISION STUDIOS
Godfather of Harlem
- Outstanding Main Title Design
This Is Us
- Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series – Ron Cephas Jones – “After the Fire”
The Last Dance
- Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
FX NETWORKS / FXP
- Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie – UzoAduba
- Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (juried)
The Handmaid’s Tale
- Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) – “Household”
The Cave (2 wins)
- Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
- Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program
Life Below Zero
- Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program
National Geographic Presents Cosmos: Possible Worlds (1 win, 1 juried win)
- Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series
- Outstanding Innovation In Interactive Programming (juried)