The audience-free 2020 Emmy Awards ceremony was a far cry from the usual red carpet extravaganza. With cardboard cutouts of the nominees making up the audience to winners receiving trophies at home, and of course, Jimmy Kimmel’s extreme sanitization routine – which ended up with Jennifer Aniston having to put out an actual fire on stage – the 2020 Emmys secured a place in the history books.
For Zendaya, however, it was a bit more personal. The 24-year-old actress scored a surprise win in the ‘Lead Actress in a Drama Series’ category for her role on HBO‘s Euphoria, beating strong nominees like Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show). The teary-eyed actress created history as she picked up her first Emmy by becoming the youngest person ever to win an award in the category.
“This is pretty crazy! To the incredible cast and crew of Euphoria, I’m inspired by everything you do,” Zendaya said in her acceptance speech. Acknowledging the challenging times we are living through, she added, “I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she added. “But, I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope for young people. And I want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you.”
Kimmel got the last word, however, quipping, “She’s younger than Baby Yoda and she already has an Emmy.”