Emmy Awards 2020: what to look for


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Welcome to the Wi-Fi Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in an almost empty arena.

Lights! Camera! And … let’s hope Wi-Fi works.

72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time will not look like the previous ceremonies celebrating the achievements of the year on television and broadcast.

Red carpet? Canceled. Actors sit shoulder to shoulder in the auditorium because the envelopes are not sealed? No.

Jimmy Kimmel will host an unpredictable ceremony from the nearly empty Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, where more than 100 nominees are watching and broadcasting themselves, from Berlin to Fayetteville, Ga.

The producers of the show, broadcast on ABC and Hulu Live, urged the nominees to dress the way they want, and when the winners are announced, feel free to have your children and family pets on the couch.

Interim quality can increase interest in the awards evening, which has become obsolete in recent years. Despite the entertainment boom in the scenario, Emmy ratings have plummeted. The show attracted 6.9 million viewers last year, low.

In order to make the broadcast as smooth as possible, the Television Academy sent each nominee a set of instructions on how to put together a DIY studio. It has a ring light, a microphone, a laptop and a camera. The nominees and their Wi-Fi signals must then perform the dirty live image radiation work on the viewers’ screens.

“We hope there will be no major catastrophe,” said Emmys executive producer Guy Carrington in an interview.

About a dozen presenters and entertainers will join the Kimmel stage, set above the Staples Center basketball court. The performance has been moved from its usual venue, the Microsoft Theater, to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, as the arena has the technological capability to accommodate dozens of remote channels.

“We’ve all had some of the biggest awards shows, but none of us have done anything like that yet.

In addition to the technical challenges, the ceremony is likely to include rigorous reception speeches. Against the backdrop of a sincere presidential campaign, the winners can address issues including national race counting and police atrocities; a pandemic that killed nearly 200,000 Americans; and the changing climate that has contributed to the fires that have ravaged the West Coast.

The ceremony usually lasts three hours, but the producers have carefully indicated the running time.

“Who knows?” said executive producer Ian Stewart. “It simply came to our notice then. It can be a lot. It may be timely. I don’t think that’s likely. “

Best in the drama category, Logan Roy will fight Baby Yoda.

Oh right: there will be winners and losers as well.

HBO opera dramaInheritance, “Is a favorite for the most prestigious award, the best drama. This tough clan chronicle won Best Drama Awards at the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association Awards earlier this year, and show creator Jesse Armstrong won an Emmy for Best Drama Writing in 2019.

Other contenders took the place in the Game of Thrones, an HBO epic that won the category four times. Netflix has a couple of potential winnersCrownAnd the Ozark. And don’t count Baby Yoda smash, ”Mandalorian. The action and adventure series Disney + has won several technical creative arts Emmys, which were handed out last week, and the voters of the Television Academy do not give in to the nose for mass entertainment.

The limited series category has become an area of ​​Emmy ceremony charm with big stars and popular budgets. This year, a couple of exhibitions addressing social issues are leading the way: HBOGuards“Both the FX and Hulu mini series”Mrs. America. “

“Guards”, the fastest winner is Damon Lindelof’s ambitious comic book genre selection. In addition to collecting the most nominations of all series this year, she recently won the Television Critics Association’s Best Series Award. At the same event, “Mrs. America,” the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment was closed.

Regina King, the star of Watchmen, also tends to beat Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America ”star, best limited line actress in the category. If King wins, she will carry her fourth Emmy statuette.

Will this be a big finish at Schitt’s Creek?

In a tale of the show’s latest business history, Breaking Bad floated on the AMC cable channel for many years and received critical anger and low ratings. Replays then aired on Netflix, and by last season, millions of viewers began watching Breaking Bad on AMC – and it finally won the best drama in the Emmy.

Shitto stream“I expect a similar arc.

The Canadian comedy, created by Dan and Eugene Levy and broadcast on US pop television, had more than a cult until Netflix began broadcasting its previous seasons. A few months after the series finale, Schitt’s Creek is a favorite to win the best comedy. Last week, the show won Best Creative Comedy at the Creative Arts Emmys – and the award winner won Best Comedy in Five Years.

But television academy voters adore Amazon’s 2018 film The Amazing Lady Maisel, the winner of the best comedy Emmy. Amy Sherman-Palladino’s turn of the century was second in most Emmy nominations this year. “Unsafe,” also features an HBO comedy by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore.

Olivia Colman could win her first Emmy. Laura Linney could grab her fifth.

Olivia Colman, Oscar and Golden Globe winner starring NetflixCrown, “I will meet four times Emmy winner Laura Linney, Netflix star Ozark in the Best Actress category. Other nominees include Jennifer Aniston (Morning Show), last year’s Best Drama winner Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), her girlfriend Sandra Oh and last year’s Breakout star Zendaya (Euphoria).

Brianas Coxas Jeremy Strong, who portrays the father and son of a dynasty of discord in Inheritance, will compete in real life as the best contender for the best drama actor. If they share the vote, the beneficiary could be Ozark star Jason Bateman.

Look for Emmy love for Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, who are nominees for major acting comedy categories for their husband and wife duo roles in Schitt’s Creek. The two stars of the series won the Emmy earlier – but not since the early 1980s, when they were recognized as writers for their work on the innovative Canadian comedy series SCTV.

In fact, only a few series have ever won the Best Comedies and Best Actor awards in the same year, including “30 Rock” (Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin), “All in the Family” (Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton) and “The Dick Van Dyke Show ”(Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore).

SNL continues its series as an Emmy machine.

It’s getting hard to remember a time when Saturday Night Live, like many years, was unhappy with Emmy voters.

But Lorne Michaels ’latest NBC fighter victory series continues. For the fourth year in a row, SNL won the best series of sketches, which also defeated the guest performance.

Maya Rudolph won Best Guest Actress in a comedy for the portrayal of Kamala Harris. And Eddie Murphy was awarded a guest role for his duties in the same episode in which he replicated ancient characters such as Gumby, Buckwheat and Mr. Robinson. It was his first Emmy win. Don Paradise King also won for Best Director in various series of sketches for his work in an episode led by Murphy.

SNL is the most embellished series in Emmys history, winning 73 Primetime Emmys.

Cherry Jones (Inheritance) and Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) won drama guest acting awards. RuPaul’s Drag Race from RuPaul won the best reality series host for the fifth time and set a record in this category.

All of these awards were presented in week-long Creative Arts Emmy virtual ceremonies. Now that there are no technical and guest acting accolades, The Mandalorian and Watchmen find themselves tied to leading Emmy overall victories, with 7 episodes taking place on Sunday.

In recent years, Netflix and HBO have been fighting hard on the big night and have won 19 Emmys each week so far.

The last 23 awards will be handed out during a Sunday ceremony.

Is this the year of Trevor Noah winning the best series of all sorts of conversations?

For the past 17 years, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver have been awarded the Best of All Conversation Series, and Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has won the category for four years in a row.

But is there frustration?

Since 2015 Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, has conquered spectators and critics in remote episodes of the pandemic, particularly because of his emphasis on police brutality and the race in the country’s protests following the assassination of George Floyd. If Noah wins, it will be Comedy Central’s advantage and a boost for the presenter, who was once faced with skepticism that he could create The Daily Show.


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