All-Canadian Schitt’s Creek takes Emmys by storm with historic sweep

Schitt’s Creek, the quirky made-in-Canada show about a fish-out-of-water family, had a big night at Sunday’s Emmy Award, sweeping the comedy category with best series honours and awards for its stars, including Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

“Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance, and this is something we need more now than ever before,” said co-creator and star Daniel Levy.

O’Hara accepted the award virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony.

“Though these are the strangest of days, may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family as I had with my dear Roses,” O’Hara said Sunday in her acceptance speech from a private party in Toronto, where the cast got together for their victory lap.

Eugene Levy called it “ironical that the straightest role I ever played lands me an Emmy for a comedy performance. I have to seriously question what I’ve been doing for the past 50 years.”

Eugene Levy accepts the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series award as his son and castmate Dan Levy looks on. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

Moments later, Levy’s son Daniel won the award for comedy writing for an episode of Schitt’s Creek, then shared a directing award and captured the supporting actor comedy trophy. The supporting actress trophy went to his co-star Annie Murphy.

Daniel Levy thanked his father and O’Hara for teaching an extended “master class” in comedy. He also won a writing award and a directing trophy he shares with Andrew Cividino for the show, which ended its sixth and final season in April.

The Levys co-created the show, which also got two Emmys earlier this week, for costuming and casting.

Eugene Levy and O’Hara played the parents on the show about a formerly wealthy family who moved to a small town the father once bought as a joke. Daniel Levy played their son, and Murphy played their daughter.

Annie Murphy accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

In a tweet Sunday, the show hinted at the magnitude of the win. “That means our little Canadian show is the first comedy OR drama to ever sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild.”

Schitt’s Creek, which aired on CBC and Pop TV, was up for a total of 15 Emmys this year.

Last year the Ontario-shot show had four Emmy nominations but didn’t win any.

“I will forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for bestowing upon me the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age — my age — who gets to fully be her ridiculous self,” said O’Hara, 66.

“They gathered the most beautiful, fun-loving people in Toronto — cast and crew — and then, by example, led us all to be the best we could be for each other.”

She then slipped into the dramatic elocution and old-timey vocabulary of her character Moira as she also thanked the hair, makeup and hair team for making her character who she was.

WATCH | Catherine O’Hara accepts best lead actress Emmy:

The actress thanked the cast and crew of Schitt’s Creek, calling them the “most beautiful, fun-loving people.” 1:53

“May I please wish you all a sound mind and sound body,” O’Hara said.

Eugene Levy also won two Emmys in the early 1980s, for writing on the sketch comedy series SCTV Network, which also starred O’Hara.

O’Hara also won an Emmy in 1982 for writing on the sketch comedy series SCTV Network, which also starred Eugene Levy.

WATCH | Kimmell jokes about Canada’s Stanley Cup drought after Schitt’s Creek wins big:

After the Canadian series Schitt’s Creek swept the Emmy Awards comedy category, host Jimmy Kimmell reminded Canadians of the one trophy they didn’t win. 3:06

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