‘Succession’: How Many Emmys Did the HBO Show Win at the 2020 Emmy Awards?

Succession had a big night at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. How many Emmys in total did the HBO series Succession win at the 72nd annual awards ceremony?

‘Succession’ cast member Jeremy Strong won an Emmy for his season 2 performance

Jeremy Strong at the 2020 Emmys
Jeremy Strong with his Emmy at the 72nd Emmy® Awards | ABC via Getty Images

According to the Emmys website, the Television Academy nominated Succession 17 times in 2020. 8 of those nominations were in acting categories (including lead, supporting, and guest roles). Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), James Cromwell (Ewan Roy), Cherry Jones (Nan Pierce), Harriet Walter (Lady Caroline Collingwood), Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Nicholas Braun (Greg Hirsch), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), and Matthew Mcfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) all received Emmy nominations.

The other categories Succession was nominated for included: Directing, Writing, Casting, Editing, Production Design, and Outstanding Drama Series.

Succession took home 2 of the most prestigious awards at this year’s Emmys. First, Strong won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role as Kendall. It was especially exciting for Strong, given that the 2020 ceremony marked his first Emmy nomination and win. He beat out heavyweight performers such as Steve Carrell and Jason Bateman — but also his own Succession co-star, Cox.

To top the night off, Succession was also awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series — which holds extra weight as it is always the final award announced of the night. The show was nominated in the Drama category in 2019, but Succession lost to HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones.

The series creator Jesse Armstrong accepted the series award — virtually, of course.

However, Succession picked up quite a few more Emmys out of the 17 nominations.

‘Succession’ won 7 Emmys out of 17 nominations

In total, the HBO drama snagged 7 Emmys at this year’s awards ceremonies.

In addition to the show’s win and Strong’s trophy, Cherry Jones grabbed the award for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her role as the Pierce family matriarch. Succession‘s other 2020 Emmy awards included Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Single-Picture Editing.

Between 2019 and 2020, Succession has racked up a total of 9 Emmys. (In 2019, the show won another Outstanding Writing award, as well as a well-deserved Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music).

Succession creator Jesse Armstrong at the Emmys
Succession creator Jesse Armstrong at the 72nd Emmy Awards | ABC via Getty Images

Jeremy Strong credits Armstrong’s writing for giving so much meaning to each episode

With so many nominations and awards across the creative board, it’s clear Succession has an incredibly dedicated and talented cast and crew.

“One of the great things about the show is the actors’ process takes primacy,” Strong told The Wrap in a recent interview.

While different actors on Succession have different processes, Strong is quite particular in how he approaches scenes — especially ones with Brian Cox.

“We certainly won’t talk about the scene,” Strong explained. “We’ll just do it on camera — and we do it on film, which adds rigor and feels dangerous.”

While the Succession star no doubt deserves his Emmy award for his meticulous performance in season 2, Strong gives a lot of credit to Armstrong for writing scenes that make his job easier.

Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox on Succession
Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox on Succession | Graeme Hunter/HBO

“There’s something about his writing that reaches into the base of my spine,” he explained of Armstrong’s work. “It kind of activates everything it needs to without my having to do very much.”