Coronavirus and award shows simply do not mix. However, many award shows, including the 2020 Emmys, have attempted to continue on, while social distancing. So, did it work or did the 2020 Emmys end up a total disaster? Well, let’s find out…
The 2020 Emmys
Despite the stress of the coronavirus, the 2020 Emmys did have its fair share of touching and funny moments. Jimmy Kimmel returned as host once again, this time hosting to an empty auditorium. Well, almost empty. Not only did producers pipe in crowd audio for the stream, which confused some viewers, they also filled the first few rows with cardboard cutouts of major celebrities. While more than a few viewers found it a tad creepy, many found the cardboard cutouts quite funny.
And the jokes did no stop there! Jennifer Aniston joined Kimmel onstage for a skit about social distancing and burning the germs of winners’ envelopes. Hysterically, the sketch ended with Aniston needing to put an envelope on fire out with a fire extinguisher! The actress might not become the best firefighter, but she’s a great Emmys savior! Of course, some of the best parts of the night came with the wins and award speech.
The Night’s Big Winners
Now, you might be wondering: how did the winners receive their trophies? Live, socially deliveries! It must have felt pretty strange to wait for the trophy all night, but the winner did not seem to mind. Cord Jefferson, who won for Best Writing for a Limited Series for Watchmen, thanked his therapist. With so many locked inside and depressed, this important shoutout hit home for many. Meanwhile, Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Damon Lindelof also won for Watchmen, the dramatic winner of the night.
Meanwhile, actress Uzo Aduba, who won for her work in Mrs. America, called her mom on-air after winning! Finally, the biggest night of the win of the night went to Zendaya, who became the youngest winner in Emmy history at 24-years-old. She took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama for her work on HBO’s Euphoria. “There is hope in young people. I know our show doesn’t really show that,” she said. Unfortunately, it could not all be laughs and good times at the 2020 Emmys…
Coronavirus and Award Shows
Of course, no award shows is without its lows, and the 2020 Emmys were no exception. In fact, one big blow to the show’s morale kept hitting over and over again. Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek took home quite a few awards for its final season. However, every time they cut to the Schitt’s Creek‘s party in Canada, many Americans noticed that they could have many people together. As Canada responded a bit quicker and significantly to coronavirus at the start, they are further along the path back to normal. The frequent shots of the Creek cast just served as a reminder of the state of the world.
Meanwhile, the overall end-of-the-world vibes of celebrities phoning in from their estates did not help matters. Having no live audience also meant that many jokes fell flat, as Kimmel had no real response. All in all, it’s clear that the Emmys did not gain any fans this year. Still, as many said on Twitter, there are extenuating circumstances here. Hopefully, by the 2021 Emmys, ABC will have everything figured out!