7:15 PM PDT 9/20/2020 by Sharareh Drury
Watchmen took home the Emmy Award for best limited series during Sunday night's ceremony.
The HBO series beat out other nominees Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu), Mrs. America (FX on Hulu), Unbelievable (Netflix), AND Unorthodox (Netflix).
Series creator Damon Lindelof led the acceptance speech as cast and crew, donning masks, celebrated around him.
"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition, to our fellow nominees, to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and Ta-Nehisi Coates for their inspiration, to HBO and Warner Bros. for their unblinking support," Lindelof began. "To our partners, our spouses, our children ... who tolerated our absences and enabled our presence and thank you to every single person who invested nine hours of their life into Watchmen."
"I knew this was never my story to tell and the only reason I'm standing here is because of the people standing alongside me," he continued. "It is one of the great honors of my life to accept on their behalf and I'd like to share what I have learned from them along the way."
"History is mystery broken into a million puzzle pieces and many are missing," Lindelof said. "We know where those pieces are but we don't seek them out because we know finding them will hurt. Sometimes we cause that hurt. Maybe we even benefitted from it. But we have to name it before we can repair it."
"Be careful, be clumsy, run hot, stay cool, be the bull in the China shop. Pick up what you broke and glue it back together. Don't stop until it's great. Affirm it's never great enough. Dissent. Be consistent. Embrace paradox. Never contradict yourself. And finally, stop worry about getting canceled and ask yourself what you're doing to get renewed," he continued.
"We dedicate this award to the victims and survivors of the Tulsa massacre of 1921. The fires that destroyed Black Wall Street still burn today. The only way to put them out is if we all fight them out together," Lindelof concluded.
The 72nd Emmy Awards air live on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.