AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
AMERICAN actress and singer Zendaya has made history.
The 24 year-old star, in winning the Emmy for best leading actress in a drama, became the youngest actress to win in that category.
Held via virtual stage in Los Angeles, Zendaya (full name Zendaya Coleman) won her first Emmy award for her leading role in HBO drama Euphoria, beating out actresses Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston, and “Killing Eve” co-stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
The award for Lead Actress in a drama was Zendaya’s first ever nomination for an Emmy and made her the second ever Black actress in the Emmy’s 72 year history to win in that category.
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there”, Zendaya said in her acceptance speech. “I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people”.
Zendaya’s show Euphoria details the journey of teenager Rue (played by Zendaya) who tries to handle her senior year of high school whilst recovering from an addiction
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s Emmy Awards set a record for the most wins by black actors with Zendaya and actress Regina King, among others, joining the night’s winners’ circle. King walked away with the award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in HBO’s ‘Watchmen’.
King’s co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also walked away with the best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or movie, while Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba took the Emmy award for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in the biographic ‘Mrs America’, as American Senator Shirley Chisolm.
Comedy actress Maya Rudolph took home two Emmy awards, one Creative Arts Emmy for her role in Netflix’s Big Mouth, and an Emmy for Outstanding Guest in a comedy for her role as Kamala Harris in Saturday Night Live, beating Bette Midler, Angela Bassett, Wanda Sykes and Phoebe Walter-Bridge.
American writer, actor, producer and director Tyler Perry was also honoured during the ceremony, being awarded with the 2020 Governor’s Award.
The shows with the most wins from the night belonged to HBO’s limited series Watchmen, which took eleven awards, and comedy cult Netflix-favourite ‘Schitt’s Creek’ which took home nine awards in the comedy category, including four Emmys for Schitt’s Creek creator and star Daniel Levy.
The Emmy-nominated drama Succession was the big winner in the drama category, taking home top honours for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding writing and Outstanding Director.