"Schitt's Creek" took home the first three awards during tonight's Emmy Gala.

The Netflix comedy series follows a wealthy family who end up in an economic crisis and are forced to move to little Schitt's Creek.

Among the other nominees are "The Mandalorian", "Ozark" and "Watchmen" which are among the favorites at the 72nd edition of the Emmy Gala.

Prizes in the technical categories have been awarded at several pre-galas earlier this week.

But not much is as usual at tonight's broadcast and outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, from where the gala is broadcast, it's deserted.

Instead of posing in front of camera flashes on the red carpet, the nominees and award winners - as well as other interested parties - can follow and participate in the gala from home.

More than 100 nominees are filmed in their homes.

Three prices

The first prize for the main gala was awarded to Catherine O'Hara for her role in "Schitt's Creek".

She received her prize delivered by a prize giver wearing a protective suit with some resemblance to a tuxedo.

The suits have been created by Katja Cahill and Guy Carrington, in collaboration with a protective suit manufacturer.

The next prize went to her colleague Eugene Levy, who was praised for her efforts in the same series, and shortly afterwards the series took home the screenplay prize.

Led by Kimmel

The gala is led by the host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who in his introductory speech joked healthy, both about the fact that he is basically alone in the huge building and about the pandemic in general.

- You can not have a virus without a host, he says.

He also asks the relevant question of why a gala is being held in the middle of a pandemic and ongoing fire disaster in the United States.

- Because it's fun, and we need that right now, he says.