The 2020 Emmy Awards looked more different than ever this year.
Viewers got to see host Jimmy Kimmel hold his own without a live audience, yet still wonder: just how long will we be feeling the effects of coronavirus on award shows?
But even while navigating a brand new format, the show was full of exciting and unpredictable high points.
Check out the 8 biggest moments from the 2020 Emmys below.
Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue
Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue had a fever-dream quality to it, with the host initially speaking to clips of audience responses from last year’s show. Kimmel went from commenting on the absurd (“What’s happening tonight is not important”) to absurdly facing an empty Staples Center after realizing this year’s show is virtual.
Jennifer Aniston puts out a fire in a trash can
The one where Jennifer Aniston extinguishes a trash-can fire. The “Morning Show” star came out to present the night’s first award — and put out a fire in the process. Before revealing who won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Aniston and the event’s host Jimmy Kimmel did a comedy bit of their own in which they burned the category’s envelope to make sure they adhere to COVID-19 safety. When Aniston couldn’t initially get the fire to go out, she used the extinguisher a couple more times while Kimmel held the piece of paper with tongs.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps the competition
Canadian comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” enjoyed a sweep on Sunday night, making Emmys history as the first show to win all major awards in comedy. The show, starring comedy legend Eugene Levy and his son Daniel, concluded its run this year with its sixth and final season.
An alpaca was one of the presenters
When he came out to present an award, Randall Park said he’d learned a couple things is the process. “I’ve learned the transmission rates between humans and alpacas is very low,” he said alongside an alpaca wearing a collar and bowtie. “I also learned when you read an email too quickly, the phrase ‘you’re presenting with an alpaca’ looks a lot like the phrase ‘you’re presenting with Al Pacino.’”
‘Friends’ female cast reunites
Aniston appeared a second time, this time virtually from her home accompanied by “Friends” co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. Aniston told Kimmel that the cast members lived together, joking, “We’ve been roommates since 1994, Jimmy.” Jason Bateman also crashed the party, prompting Kimmel to ask if he lives there too. “Just until he goes off to college,” Aniston said.
Zendaya’s acceptance speech
One of the cheeriest and best family celebrations for a win was from Zendaya’s family. The 24-year-old gave a flustered, heartfelt speech after making history by becoming the youngest winner of the lead actress in a drama category.
The Television Academy commemorated some of the stars that have passed away this year, with H.E.R. giving an emotional performance as late celebrities like Regis Phiblin, Naya Rivera and more were remembered.
Tyler Perry honored with Governors Award
Filmmaker and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry received this year’s Governors Award for outstanding achievement. Perry shared a story about a quilt he received from his grandmother when he was 19 years old, which he ended by saying he was encouraged by the diversity of people “coming together to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be.”