Zendaya becomes the youngest winner in the Emmy category

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: Zendaya attends the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man Far From Home" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Glenn Francis/Pacific Pro Digital Photography)

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The 72nd Emmy Awards were held with nominee actors accepting their awards virtually and having the audience remotely tuning in home.

Host Jimmy Kimmel announced prime-time Best TV & Movie Awards winners from June 2019 through May 2020.

HBO’s Watchmen garnered 26 nominations, the largest number of nominees, and the comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” won its share of the awards with nine wins.

“Euphoria” earned HBO six nominations in all categories, with the show’s lead actress, Zendaya, winning the honor in the only category for which the show’s actors were nominated.

The 24-year-old has become the youngest person to win a lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Bennett Street, a high school drug addict exploring love and friendship amidst trauma and a social media scandal in a dark, detailed portrayal of teenage lives in the modern world.

Zendaya beat more veteran actresses including Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Coleman, Judy Comer, Laura Lenny, and Sandra Oh.

“Thanks to all the other amazing women in this category,” said Zendaya. “and I like you so much.”

“This seems like a really strange time to celebrate, but I just want to say that there is hope in youth – I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that – but there is hope in young people, and I just want to say to all of my street mates doing the work, See you, I like you, thank you, “she said.

Zendaya has also appeared in “The Greatest Showman” and two films in the “Spiderman” franchise. She rose to prominence for the first time for portraying Rocky Blue in the Disney sitcom “Shake It Up”, in which she starred alongside Bella Thorne.

HBO announced last year that it would renew “Ecstasy” for a second season, and a launch date has not yet been announced.

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