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Schitt’s Creek and RuPaul celebrate historic Emmy wins

Schitt’s Creek and RuPaul celebrate historic Emmy wins

  • RuPaul dedicated one of his wins to the late Drag Race queen, Chi Chi DeVayne.
Eugene and Dan Levy win Emmys for Schitt's Creek

Schitt’s Creek was the big winner at last night’s Emmy Awards, winning a record-breaking seven honors. This is the most won by one season of a comedy show. It included separate awards for its four lead actors.

The beloved Candian series concluded its sixth and final season earlier this year. It picked up a whole new army of fans as people sought out binge-worthy TV in lockdown.

The show focusses on the Rose family, who lose their fortune and set out to rebuild their lives in the small town of Schitt’s Creek. The final episode featured the wedding of pansexual character David Rose to his partner, Patrick.

In a unique Primetime Emmy’s show, in which all the nominees watched remotely or from home, Schitt’s Creek won the following awards.

  • Outstanding comedy series
  • Lead actor in a comedy series (Eugene Levy, who plays dad, Johnny Rose)
  • Lead actress in a comedy series (Catherine O’Hara, who plays mom Moira Rose)
  • Supporting actor in a comedy series (Dan Levy, who plays David Rose)
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series (Annie Murphy, who plays daughter Alexis)
  • Writing for a comedy series (Dan Levy)
  • Director for a comedy series (Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy)

It also won two awards last week in an earlier Emmys broadcast, for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.

Father and son celebration

Dan Levy and real-life father, Eugene created Schitt’s Creek.

In his acceptance speeches, Dan Levy called Schitt’s Creek, ‘the greatest experience of my life … I cannot thank the Academy enough for their generosity.’

His father, Eugene, thanked his son for turning the show into, ‘a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia, and a declaration of the power of love.’

In the drama categories, Succession picked up four awards including Best Drama. Watchmen also scooped four awards, while Zendaya, 24, became the youngest person to win outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her performance as a queer character in teen drama Euphoria.

RuPaul makes history

RuPaul’s Drag Race won the award for Outstanding Competition Program. This followed up winning five awards last week in the Creative Arts Emmys categories. These included RuPaul’s groundbreaking, fifth consecutive win in the Television Academy’s Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program category.

Accepting that award on Saturday night, RuPaul, dedicated the win to the late drag queen, Chi Chi DeVayne. The season eight queen died last month of kidney failure related to the health condition, scleroderma.

‘On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder, and our incredible cast and crew, I want to thank the Academy for this great honor. I’ve always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I’m making a political statement. Well, tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: Love,’ said RuPaul, urging people to vote in the upcoming US election.

‘Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet, sensitive souls everywhere.’

‘I’d like to dedicate this award to one of my girls: Chi Chi DeVayne. May you rest in power, and perfection.’

Words of comfort and solidarity

RuPaul followed this on Sunday night by accepting the award for Outstanding Competition Program.

Acknowledging how challenged many may feel right now given the current political climate in the US and looming election, he said, ‘Kiddo, I know how you feel right now. Just know that you are loved, and don’t give up on love. Believe in love and the power of love, OK.’