Tulsa-centered series ‘Watchmen’ dominates competition at Emmys

TULSA, Okla. — The HBO limited series based around Tulsa mopped the floor with the competition at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

“Watchmen," set in Tulsa, opened its series premiere and included flashbacks throughout its nine-episode run with dramatic depictions of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Upon its premiere in October 2019, search interest in the “Tulsa Race Massacre” spiked according to data from Google.

During Sunday’s award show, “Watchmen” brought home the hardware.

The show won “Outstanding Limited Series," and its stars were recognized in their own rights.

During the acceptance speech for “Outstanding Limited Series” the shows executive producer dedicated the award to Tulsa race massacre victims and survivors."

Phil Armstrong, Project Manager for 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission, says Damon Lindelof wearing a “Remember Tulsa 21″ shirt and dedicating that award to Tulsans was special -- showing hearts and minds can change as more people learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Regina King won “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series” for her performance as Angela Abar, or “Sister Night."

King accepted her award wearing a “Say Her Name” shirt, bringing attention to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

She posted a video thanking the showrunners and fellow cast members on Twitter after her win:

Fellow show star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” for his role as Cal Abar, or Dr. Manhattan.

Show writers Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special” and recognized the Tulsa Race Massacre in their acceptance of the award.

See the other winners from the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards here.

Ryan Love, FOX23 News

Ryan Love is a Digital Content Producer for FOX23 News in Tulsa. A Detroit area native, Ryan joined FOX23 in June 2018 after graduating from Wayne State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Ryan handles day-to-day digital content and social media strategy for the station.