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Emmy Awards 2020: Who Took Home the (Virtual) Gold?

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The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired live from Los Angeles — and many other locations — on Sunday night.


And it’s safe to say this ceremony was quite different frrom the previous 71 editions.

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Yes, the very best in television were honored and, yes, Jimmy Kimmel once again served as host.


In the middle of a pandemic, however, Kimmel emceed his portion of the evening from the Staples Center in downtown L.A., while recipients and presenters were spread across the nation, coming straight to us from the comfort of their living rooms.


Some were even handed their trophies by people in hazmat suits.


Hey, you can’t be too safe, right?

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Among the celebrities featured on the telecast? Anthony Anderson, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, J.J. Watt, Lena Waithe and Oprah Winfrey.


How many of the 26 nominations it was up for did Watchmen actually win?


How did Succession, Ozark, Insecure and other of the more popular programs fare?


Were there any clear upsets? Was there any award Schitt’s Creek did NOT win? Scroll down for a summary of all the Emmy winners!

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Outstanding Drama Series


Better Call Saul



The Crown



The Handmaid’s Tale



Killing Eve



The Mandalorian



Ozark



Stranger Things



Succession — winner

Julia Garner Wins Virtual Emmy


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown



Laura Dern, Big Little Lies



Julia Garner, Ozark — winner



Thandie Newton, Westworld



Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve



Sarah Snook, Succession



Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies



Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Billy Crudup Wins Emmy Award


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


Nicholas Braun, Succession



Billy Crudup, The Morning Show — winner



Kieran Culkin, Succession



Mark Duplass, The Morning Show



Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul



Matthew Macfadyen, Succession



Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale



Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Andrij Parehk Wins an Emmy


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series


The Crown, “Aberfan” (by Benjamin Caron)


The Crown, “Cri de Coeur” (by Jessica Hobbs)


Homeland, “Prisoners of War” (by Lesli Linka Glatter)


The Morning Show, “The Interview” (by Mimi Leder)


Ozark, “Fire Pink” (by Alik Sakharov)


Ozark, “Su Casa Es Mi Casa” (by Ben Semanoff)


Succession, “Hunting” (by Andrij Parekh) — winner


Succession, “This Is Not for Tears” (by Mark Mylod)

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Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series


Better Call Saul, “Bad Choice Road” (by Thomas Schnauz)


Better Call Saul, “Bagman” (by Gordon Smith)


The Crown, “Aberfan” (by Peter Morgan)


Ozark, “All In” (by Chris Mundy)


Ozark, “Boss Fight” (by John Shiban)


Ozark, “Fire Pink” (by Miki Johnson)


Succession, “This Is Not for Tears” (by Jesse Armstrong) — winner

Zendaya Wins Emmy for Euphoria


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show



Olivia Colman, The Crown



Jodie Comer, Killing Eve



Laura Linney, Ozark



Sandra Oh, Killing Eve



Zendaya, Euphoria — winner

Jeremy Strong Wins Emmy


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series


Jason Bateman, Ozark



Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us



Steve Carell, The Morning Show



Brian Cox, Succession



Billy Porter, Pose



Jeremy Strong, Succession — winner

RuPaul With Emmy Award


Outstanding Competition Program


The Masked Singer



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RuPaul’s Drag Race — winner



Top Chef



The Voice

Watchmen Wins Outstanding Limited Series


Outstanding Limited Series


Little Fires Everywhere



Mrs. America



Unbelievable



Unorthodox



Watchmen — winner

Uzo Aduba Wins Another Emmy


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America — winner



Toni Collette, Unbelievable



Margo Martindale, Mrs. America



Jean Smart, Watchmen



Holland Taylor, Hollywood



Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Wins an Emmy


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie


Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen — winner



Jovan Adepo, Watchmen



Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend



Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen



Dylan McDermott, Hollywood



Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Maria Schrader Wins an Emmy


Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie


Little Fires Everywhere, “Find a Way” (by Lynn Shelton)


Normal People, “Episode 5” (by Lenny Abrahamson)


Unorthodox (by Maria Schrader) — winner


Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” (by Nicole Kassell)


Watchmen, “Little Fear of Lightning” (by Steph Green)


Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being” (by Stephen Williams)

Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson Accept Emmy Award


Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie


Mrs. America, “Shirley” (by Tanya Barfield)


Normal People, “Episode 3” (by Sally Rooney & Alice Birch)


Unbelievable, “Episode 1” (by Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman)


Unorthodox, “Part 1” (by Anna Winger)


Watchmen, “The Extraordinary Being” (by Damon Lindelof & Cord Jefferson) — winner

Mark Ruffalo Wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie


Jeremy Irons, Watchmen



Hugh Jackman, Bad Education



Paul Mescal, Normal People



Jeremy Pope, Hollywood



Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True — winner

Regina King Wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America



Shira Haas, Unorthodox



Regina King, Watchmen — winner



Octavia Spencer, Self Made



Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

John Oliver Accepts Emmy Award


Outstanding Variety Talk Series


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



Full Frontal with Samantha Bee



Jimmy Kimmel Live



Last Week Tonight with John Oliver — winner



The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Dan and Eugene Levy Accept Emmy Awards


Outstanding Comedy Series


Curb Your Enthusiasm



Dead to Me



The Good Place



Insecure



The Kominsky Method



The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



Schitt’s Creek — winner



What We Do In the Shadows

Annie Murphy Wins Best Supporting Actress


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place



Betty Gilpin, GLOW



Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live



Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek — winner



Yvonne Orji, Insecure



Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Daniel Levy Wins Outstanding Supporting Actor


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


Mahershala Ali, Ramy



Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method



Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine



Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



William Jackson Harper, The Good Place



Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek — winner



Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Andrew Cividino & Daniel Levy


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series


The Great, “Pilot” (by Matt Shakman)


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” (by Amy Sherman-Palladino)


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio” (by Daniel Palladino)


Modern Family, “Finale Part 2” (by Gail Mancuso)


Ramy, “Miakhalifa.mov” (by Ramy Youssef)


Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” (by Andrew Cividino & Daniel Levy) — winner


Will & Grace, “We Love Lucy” (by James Burrows)

Daniel Levy Wins Outstanding Writing Award for Schitt's Creek


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series


The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready” (by Michael Schur)


The Great, “The Great” (by Tony McNamara)


Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” (by Daniel Levy) –- winner


Schitt’s Creek, “The Presidential Suite” (by David West Read)


What We Do in the Shadows, “Collaboration” (by Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil)


What We Do in the Shadows, “Ghosts” (by Paul Simms)


What We Do in the Shadows, “On the Run” (by Stefani Robinson)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


Anthony Anderson, Black-ish



Don Cheadle, Black Monday



Ted Danson, The Good Place



Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method



Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek — winner



Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Catherine O'Hara's Milestone Emmy Win


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series


Christina Applegate, Dead to Me



Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel



Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me



Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek — winner



Issa Rae, Insecure



Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

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The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses

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When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack

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Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).

It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.

However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.

With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.

Choosing the Wrong Table

Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.

First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.

Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.

Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.

When to Hit and Stand

As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.

One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.

While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.

Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.

When to Split and Double

If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.

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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.

While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.

It is not recommended to split when:

  • You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
  • You are dealt two 9s
  • You are dealt two 5s
  • The dealer holds a 10 or picture card

It is best to split when:

  • You are dealt two 8s
  • You are dealt two aces
  • The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)

Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.

Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.

Conclusion

Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.

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Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students

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The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like. 

Who Are You?

Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.

Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:

  • What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
  • What do you like or hate most about yourself?
  • What is your greatest value in life?
  • What emotions do you express easily?
  • What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
  • Who you want to become in five years?
  • What is your major objective for next year?
  • Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
  • What motto do you try to live by?
  • Where would you like to travel?
  • If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?

Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.

Sentence Completion

Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:

  • Before I came to college, I was interested in…
  • When I was a child, I wanted to become…
  • The best moment I remember most about high school is…
  • My favorite pet is…
  • The things I value most are…
  • Five years from now I hope to be…
  • My greatest personality trait is…
  • My favorite subject at high school was…
  • If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
  • My greatest fear is…
  • After I graduate from college, I…

The Reception Line

You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:

  • Where would you like to travel?
  • What motto do you try to follow?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What music do you like?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • Why did you choose this college?
  • What do you like about college life the most?

Take Sides

You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:

  • Watermelon or banana?
  • Sweat or bitter?
  • Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
  • Partying or hiking?
  • Listen or speak?
  • Rock or pop?
  • Morning or night?
  • Superman or Batman?
  • Robocop or Terminator?
  • Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
  • Los Angeles or New York?
  • Liberal or conservative?
  • American football or ice hockey?

My Most Embarrassing Moment

You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.

These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.

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