Dan Levy has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood ever since his show Schitt’s Creek took off and became one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed series on television.
Levy co-created the show with his father, Eugene Levy. The pair played a father and son, Johnny and David Rose on the show, along with Catherine O’Hara as the family’s matriarch, Moira Rose, and Anne Murphy as David’s sister, Alexis. While it started as a show about a wealthy family losing their money, it quickly became about family, community, love, and personal growth.
With each season, the show built steam and when the show aired its final season, it had become a critical darling. The show overall has won 65 awards, and Levy himself has won an incredibly impressive 17. Here are all the awards Levy has won for the series.
Dan Levy picked up his first awards for the show back in its first season. In 2016, he won Best Comedy Series and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series. While no more awards would come to Levy himself for three years, these two were just a hint at what was to come.
That night, the cast and crew of Schitt's Creek swept the comedy category with Eugene Levy winning Best Performance by an Actor, Catherine O'Hara winning Best Performance by an Actress, Chris Elliott winning "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role, Emily Hampshire winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role, Paul Fox winning Best Direction, James Bredin winning Best Picture Editing, and Gerald Packer winning Best Photography.
Schitt's Creek and other actors on the show had won several more awards in the years between this and the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, but this was the first time Levy returned to the stage. For the second time, Levy accepted the trophy for Best Comedy Series.
“In Schitt’s Creek, we are writing a world that examines the transformational effects of love when the threat of hate and intolerance has been removed from the equation,” Levy said onstage while taking the award. “And while that’s not a reality for many, our goal is to shine a light out there that asks the question: ‘What if it was?’ Wouldn’t we all be happier if we were able to love out loud?”
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After being nominated the previous two years, Levy and the rest of the cast of Schitt's Creek picked up the ACTRA Award for Members' Choice Series Ensemble. The cast was on tour at the time and sent in a video thank you.
— Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) February 24, 2019
At the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, Levy was awarded the Davidson/Velenti Award, named for Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first exectuive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. It's presented to an out LGBTQ person who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
During his acceptance speech, he brought up the epidemic of murders of Black trans women and shared his coming out story.
"I think back to that time where I legitmately thought that I would have to live with this secret — my being gay — for the rest of my life because I didn't have the security of seeing a lot of people like myself in popular culture," he said. "I bring this up because when I was told I would be receiving this honor, I immediately went back to that place and asked myself how did I get here to this place standing in front of all of you tonight, an out and proud gay Emmy loser."
Levy picked up the trophy for Best Comedic Performance at the 2019 MTV awards and looked great in Alexander McQueen doing it. In his speech, he said, “If I have taken anything away from making Schitt’s Creek, it’s that kindness always wins, that love is best served unconditionally, and that wearing sweaters in the dead of summer is a very, very bad idea.”
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Levy picked up his third trophy for Best Comedy Series, and was awarded the special Radius Award for his work. O'Hara picked up her third Canadian Screen Award, and Eugene Levy and Emily Hampshire each picked up their second for the show at the awards. The show had been nominated for a whopping 26 awards.
This is where the floodgates opened. Not only did Levy take home awards for Comedy Series, Supporting Actor, Directing, and Writing for the show, but Schitt's Creek won a total of nine trophies that night, including sweeping the comedy acting awards. Levy gave several emotional speeches when accepting the awards.
The show made history for sweeping the category and Levy made history for winning awards in every discipline.
Following a historic Emmys night, Levy picked up a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, and called out the Hollywood Foreign Press for it's lack of diversity. "This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt’s Creek has come to stand for: the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community," he said. "In the spirit of inclusion, I hope this time next year this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of film and television being made today because there is so much more to be celebrated."
This year Levy continued his awards tour, winning Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.
"Thank you for supporting and championing a character like David," he said during his acceptance speech. "I have so appreciated reading all of your thoughtful and encouraging words over the years and sometimes when you don't often see yourself represented that much on screen you have to take a risk and make it happen for yourself. Thank you so much for this, it means the world. Thank you."
Levy accepted the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series while sitting next to his dad and sister Sarah, who plays the waitress, Twyla in the series. Nearly in tears, Levy said, "to get to share this award with my brilliant sister and my incredible dad is aboslutely extraordinary."