The best moments from the very unusual 2020 Emmy Awards

The Ernst & Young representatives at the Creative Arts Emmys
The Ernst & Young representatives at the Creative Arts Emmys
Screenshot: The Creative Arts Emmys

We knew the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards were going to be different, with celebrities basically Zooming into the show from all over the globe on Sunday. Telecast producers anticipated designer pajamas and outlandish at-home moments, and it’s fair to say their expectations were exceeded. It all puts The A.V. Club’s Emmys uniform of laundry-day knockarounds to shame.

Here are some of the best moments and fashions from the 72nd annual Emmys.

If you’re looking for a list of the winners or our liveblog commentary, we have that too.

A.V. Club Editor in Chief...but really just a She-Ra, Schitt’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, Big Brother, Top Chef, The Good Place superfan.

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The trophy presenters

The trophy presenters

A custom designed outfit for those delivering the trophies during the ceremony
A custom designed outfit for those delivering the trophies during the ceremony
Photo: ABC/Lindha Narvaez
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Cavalcade Of Stars

Cavalcade Of Stars

130 different feeds were coming in from across the globe
130 different feeds were coming in from across the globe
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel

Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel

Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel
Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

...realizing they didn’t actually put the fire out the first time and it’s not TV magic and they may burn the Staples Center down.

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Catherine O’Hara

Catherine O’Hara

Catherine O’Hara accepting her Emmy
Catherine O’Hara accepting her Emmy
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy receives his Emmy
Eugene Levy receives his Emmy
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

(and Dan Levy in a kilt, because of course.)

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Carrigan

Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Carrigan

Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Carrigan
Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Carrigan
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmys

Maybe combining all our 2020 elections fears in one entity, Anthony Carrigan channeled his Russian Barry character impersonating a mail carrier.

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Zendaya

Zendaya

Zendaya presenting
Zendaya presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmys
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Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy accepts her Emmy
Annie Murphy accepts her Emmy
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmys

(And Dan Levy freaking out)

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Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein
Alex Borstein
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress lost to Annie Murphy, but she won the nominee cam.

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David Letterman

David Letterman

David Letterman presenting
David Letterman presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union presenting
Gabrielle Union presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmys

Gabrielle Union apparently stopped on her way to the shower to stump for Insecure during the announcement of the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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John Oliver

John Oliver

John Oliver
John Oliver
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

The Outstanding Variety Talk Series winner was awarded with a Jack-in-the-box surprise. What do you think the rest of the nominees will do with their empty boxes they now have?

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Regina King

Regina King

Regina King accepts her Emmy
Regina King accepts her Emmy
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmys

Reminder: It’s been 188 since Breonna Taylor was murdered.

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Mark Ruffalo wins

Mark Ruffalo wins

The Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie nominees when Mark Ruffalo was announced winner
The Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie nominees when Mark Ruffalo was announced winner
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

Something tells us we wouldn’t have gotten that reaction from Mark Ruffalo’s wife, Sunrise Coigney, if they’d been in an arena surrounded by other people when he won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Movie. Maybe this remote ceremony is a good thing.

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Randall Park and Isabelle the alpaca

Randall Park and Isabelle the alpaca

Randall Park and Isabelle the alpaca
Randall Park and Isabelle the alpaca
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

“‘You’re presenting with an alpaca’ looks a lot like ‘You’re presenting with Al Pacino.’”

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Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

The Little Fires Everywhere team
The Little Fires Everywhere team
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

The Little Fires Everywhere crowd decided to give up on 2020.

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Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

During a video package of how celebs have been spending their quarantine, the Perry Mason star joked that she’s been making wine at home...and that it’s not good.

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Mindy Kaling’s cross stitch

Mindy Kaling’s cross stitch

Mindy Kaling’s cross stitch
Mindy Kaling’s cross stitch
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

Same.

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Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

It’s always good to see Bob. 91, y’all.

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David Spade as Joe Exotic

David Spade as Joe Exotic

David Spade
David Spade
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

Take that, Nic Cage.

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Tracey Ullman...we mean Morgan

Tracey Ullman...we mean Morgan

The Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie nominees
The Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie nominees
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

The Oustanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series or Movie nominees—with Tracy Morgan standing in for Tracey Ullman. “Us Trac(e)ys have to stick together,” he explained. Now we want to see Ullman do a 30 Rock reboot.

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Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo presenting
Cynthia Erivo presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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H.E.R.’s In Memoriam

H.E.R.’s In Memoriam

H.E.R. performing during the in memoriam segment
H.E.R. performing during the in memoriam segment
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Friends reunion

Friends reunion

Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Courteney Cox
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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RuPaul Charles

RuPaul Charles

RuPaul Charles
RuPaul Charles
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards

The Jack-in-the-box bit worked even better when RuPaul Charles accepted the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program award.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong
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Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Billy Porter
Billy Porter
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Zendaya, part two

Zendaya, part two

Zendaya accepting her Emmy
Zendaya accepting her Emmy
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox
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Julia Garner shocked

Julia Garner shocked

Julia Garner (with husband Mark Foster) surprised by her Emmy win
Julia Garner (with husband Mark Foster) surprised by her Emmy win
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi presenting
Yara Shahidi presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown presenting
Sterling K. Brown presenting
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Kieran Culkin

Kieran Culkin

Kieran Culkin celebrating Outstanding Drama Series win
Kieran Culkin celebrating Outstanding Drama Series win
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Sarah Snook

Sarah Snook

Sarah Snook with her homemade Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series
Sarah Snook with her homemade Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series
Screenshot: The Primetime Emmy Awards
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