A pair of Boston natives won big awards at the 2020 Emmys

Uzo Aduba and Jeremy Strong won statues for their work on "Mrs. America" and "Succession," respectively.

Jeremy Strong and Uzo Aduba.
Jeremy Strong and Uzo Aduba. –ABC

At a decidedly abnormal 2020 Emmys, a pair of Boston natives had a particularly good night.

Uzo Aduba, who was born in Boston, raised in Medfield, and graduated from Boston University, won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a limited series award for her role in “Mrs. America.” In the FX series, Aduba plays Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and first Black woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Aduba, who thanked her mom just off screen and encouraged viewers to “change the world,” wore a T-shirt bearing the name of Breonna Taylor, the EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13.


Adbua also paid her respects to Chisholm, praising the late politician for “her championship work for all people who have been forgotten and marginalized, who she represented.”

The show largely felt like the tale of three acts, with Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek” winning seven awards at the beginning of the evening, HBO comic-book limited series “Watchmen” winning several awards during the middle hour, and HBO’s media drama “Succession” winning a number of awards, including Best Drama, the final award of the evening.

Among the awards nabbed by “Succession” was one for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, won by Boston native Jeremy Strong.

Strong, who was raised in Sudbury, thanked family and friends for helping him achieve a milestone he felt was “basically impossible.” Strong also acknowledged “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong and co-star Brian Cox, who was also nominated in the same category.

“I read a poem by Stephen Dunn that said, ‘All I ever wanted was a book so good I’ll be finishing it for the rest of my life,'” Strong said. “This job was that, for me. Jesse Armstrong, I owe this to you, Brian Cox, I share this with you. Thank you so much.”

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