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Rick and Morty and Primal Win Primetime Emmys

The 2020 Emmy Awards were- like everything else this year- like no other. Due to you-know-what, the ceremonies (which took place over several nights) were presented remotely, so the nominees missed out on the experience of being there in person to find out if they won. Still, it's surely no less exciting to be honoured by the Television Academy, even in such strange circumstances.

The nominations in the animation categories seemed fairly predictable this year, so it would have not been a surprise if The Simpsons took home more yet awards. The Simpsons seems to be to the Emmys what Disney are to the Oscars. Many were hoping that the critically acclaimed final season of BoJack Horseman would finally bag it a statuette for Outstanding Animated Program. However, they'll be left with a long face as the Netflix series completed its celebrated run without a single Emmy win. Past winner Bob's Burgers and two-time nominee Big Mouth also lost out. This year, the award went to Rick and Morty. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's series is now two-for-two, after also winning in 2018, their only other Emmy nom.

Disney Plus got their first Animated Emmy, winning for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program for Pixar's Forky Asks A Question. The Toy Story 4 spin-off beat competition from past winner Robot Chicken and Steven Universe Future. Disney also won seven awards for the VFX heavy The Mandalorian.

Best Character Voice Performance went to Maya Rudolph for Netflix's Big Mouth, overcoming two more seasoned performers from The Simpsons (Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria), Wanda Sykes for Crank Yankers,  and relative voice-acting newcomers Leslie Odom Junior (for Apple's Central Park) and Taika Waititi (The Mandalorian).

The academy also awarded Juried awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation in several categories. Jill Dykxhhoorn was honoured for her work as lead background artist on Archer for the episode Road Trip. This is the first Emmy for both Dykxhhoorn and the third for Archer. Dan MacKenzie won for his work as character animator on documentary Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Genndy Tartakovsky's prehistoric action series Primal was honoured in three categories. Tartakovsky himself was awarded for storyboarding, Scott Wills for his work as art director and Stephen DeStefano as character designer. Wills has worked with Tartakovsky for years and has previously won Emmys for his work on Samurai Jack in 2003 and 2017 (when the show's final season took home four awards).  With the wins for Rick and Morty and Primal, Adult Swim was the big winner in animation at this year's Emmys.