The best memes from the 2020 virtual Emmy Awards

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Zendaya celebrating her win for best actress in a drama series at the 2020 Emmy Awards.
  • The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards happened on Sunday night, with nominees tuning in from their homes and other locations.

  • While the awards show was virtual this year, there were still plenty of quality moments that sparked social media chatter.

  • From Daniel Levy's reactions to "Schitt's Creek's" numerous wins to Twitter's reactions to Zendaya's historic Lead Actress in a Drama Series win, here are the best memes from the event.

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This year, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards went virtual, bringing together a disparate collection of stars participating in the ceremony from various locations. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the night, while virtual, still managed to capture the awards show spirit.

That being said, things were a bit different. Awards presenters decked out in classy hazmat suits waited outside of nominees' houses, poised to give them an award should they win and walk away if they didn't. Winners spoke from their own homes, or in the case of certain members of the cast of "Schitt's Creek," from Toronto, Canada after receiving negative COVID-19 test results.

Of course, the Emmys — or any other awards show — is sure to generate online chatter and memes in its wake. Here are some of the best.

Zendaya's win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Zendaya celebrating her win for best actress in a drama series at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

Zendaya took home the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue in HBO's "Euphoria," marking one of the biggest wins of the night. The 24-year-old became the youngest actress to ever win the award, and the second Black woman to do so since Viola Davis' win in 2015. Zendaya's win sparked a wave of celebration and memes on social media. 

 

Ramy Youssef's video of what happens when you don't win an Emmy

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Actor, director, and writer Ramy Youssef was nominated for several awards for his Hulu series "Ramy." He lost a result of "Schitt's Creek" comedy sweep, but Youssef won meme glory when he tweeted a video of the Emmys award-bearer waving through a window and walking away, captioning it, "when you lose the emmy."

The bleak (but kind of wholesome!) video quickly became a meme on Twitter.

 

Jennifer Aniston brazenly putting out a fire

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Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel kicking off the 2020 Emmy Awards on ABC.

During what appeared to be a pre-planned bit gone awry, Jennifer Aniston repeatedly blasted a trash can with a fire extinguisher in an attempt to quell a fire that refused to go out.

Many compared the video to everything that's been going on in 2020.

 

Helena Bonham Carter and her dog

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Helena Bonham Carter.

Helena Bonham Carter was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series this year for her performance in "The Crown." While Julia Garner ended up taking the award for her "Ozark" perforamnce, Bonham Carter also made a splash with her appearance — specifically, with her dog.

 

Paul Mescal and his plant

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Paul Mescal stars on "Normal People."

While "Normal People" actor Paul Mescsal may not have picked up a Emmy for his nominated performance in "Normal People," people were quick to notice another critical element of his Emmys appearance: his plant.

The actor posted a photo of the plant, named Henry, on his Instagram story the day after the awards show.

 

Dan Levy reacting to "Schitt's Creek's" wins

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Dan Levy.

"Schitt's Creek" swept a record-setting number of comedy cateories at the 72nd Emmys. Co-creator, director, writer, and actor Daniel Levy himself took home several awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (alongside Andrew Cividino), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and of course, Outstanding Comedy Series.

People on Twitter were quick to document Levy's reactions to his co-stars' wins.

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