Emmy Awards 2020: Seven highlights from the ceremony

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Kimmel introduced lots of the winners because the nominees stayed at dwelling

If there’s one phrase that makes everybody groan and roll their eyes as of late, it is “digital”.

Usually, it seems in entrance of actions which used to be enjoyable. Digital pub quizzes, digital movie festivals, digital stag and hen events and digital live shows all turned the norm throughout lockdown.

The most recent awards ceremony to go “digital” amid ongoing lockdown restrictions was Sunday evening’s Emmys, which noticed Watchmen, Succession and Schitt’s Creek win massive.

However the ceremony was truly much more profitable than many anticipated.

“The Emmys themselves are usually not eligible to truly win an Emmy, however the Herculean activity of pulling this off the way in which they’ve would deserve one,” mentioned Deadline’s Pete Hammond.

Listed here are seven highlights from this yr’s digital Primetime Emmys.

1. Viewers have been handled to (half) a Associates reunion

For finest actress nominee Jennifer Aniston, the Emmys offered the proper alternative to ask some Associates spherical.

Whereas Aniston chatted with Kimmel throughout one section half-way via the present, a well-recognized determine wandered into shot.

“Oh! Courtney’s there?” requested Kimmel after recognizing Courtney Cox, who performed Rachel’s roommate Monica for a decade on the comedy sequence.

“In fact I am right here, we stay collectively!” replied Cox. “Yeah, we have been roommates since 1994 Jimmy, hi there?” added Aniston, referring to the yr Associates launched.

After which, as if it could not get any higher, Phoebe made an look to finish the triptych, and the web promptly went into meltdown.

“Lisa Kudrow, you reside there too?!” requested Kimmel in a state of disbelief. “Uhh… yeah? The place else would I stay?” the star replied.

Sadly the boys have been nowhere to be seen however you have to take what you will get in 2020 and half a Associates reunion is best than no Associates reunion.

2. Jimmy Kimmel struck the proper tone

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Total, Kimmel did an awesome job of protecting everybody entertained whereas nonetheless acknowledging the weird nature of this yr’s ceremony.

The empty chairs within the eerily-quiet Staples Middle in Los Angeles have been stuffed with cardboard cut-outs of celebrities, to make up for the shortage of an viewers.

Footage of earlier Emmy audiences laughing and cheering was minimize between Kimmel’s jokes in an try to provide the present some environment, which labored surprisingly nicely.

Listed here are among the discuss present host’s finest traces from the opening monologue:

  • “Howdy and welcome to the pand-Emmys!”
  • “No-one is within the viewers, I am up right here on their lonesome. Identical to promenade evening.”
  • “The large query I suppose we must always reply, is why would you will have an awards present in the midst of a pandemic? ‘Why’ is a query I have been requested so much this week. However you already know what else appears frivolous and pointless? Doing it each different yr.”
  • “The community censors have determined that each time I say the phrases Schitt’s Creek, we’re required to place the spelling on the display screen [he wasn’t joking about this]. You already know, simply in case you are questioning why community tv is nearly lifeless.”
  • “Watchmen is a superhero present nevertheless it additionally feels very life like. Apart from the half the place anybody in Oklahoma is sporting a masks.”
  • “Congratulations are to ensure that a younger Emmy upstart named Quibi, which has 10 nominations this yr, together with dumbest factor to ever price a billion {dollars}.”
  • “Now we have stay feeds to and from greater than 100 places from all over the world. You know the way arduous it’s to get your dad and mom to Facetime? Multiply that by so much.”

3. Zendaya was euphoric about her win

Zendaya made historical past with a shock win for finest drama actress, changing into the youngest ever winner in that class.

The 24-year-old, a former Disney Channel star, triumphed for her portrayal of drug addict Rue in HBO’s darkish highschool drama Euphoria, which did not have many different nominations.

The actress and her household’s ecstatic response to her win offered some of the gif-able moments of the evening.

Euphoria tackles advanced points together with intercourse, medication, identification and trauma, and is vastly fashionable with younger audiences.

“I do know this seems like a bizarre time to be celebrating, however I simply wish to say there may be hope within the younger folks on the market,” Zendaya mentioned.

“I do know our TV present does not all the time really feel like an awesome instance of that, however there may be hope within the younger folks, and I simply wish to say to all my friends on the market doing the work within the streets, I see you, I love you, I thanks.”

4. Dan Levy’s pleasure was lovely

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Anybody watching the primary hour of the Emmys would have questioned why the ceremony hadn’t been renamed The Schitt’s Creek Awards.

The Canadian comedy sequence dominated the early a part of the ceremony, profitable within the first six classes to be introduced.

The sequence hasn’t achieved notably nicely on the Emmys prior to now – however the Academy usually closely rewards exhibits of their closing season in an obvious effort to make up for misplaced time.

Schitt’s Creek swept up in all of the appearing classes; finest comedy actor (Eugene Levy), actress (Catherine O’Hara), supporting actor (Daniel Levy) and supporting actress (Annie Murphy).

“I’ll eternally be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for bestowing on me the chance to play a girl of a sure age – my age – who will get to totally be her ridiculous self,” mentioned O’Hara, 66, as she collected her trophy.

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Catherine O’Hara was named finest comedy actress for her efficiency as Moira in Schitt’s Creek

Daniel, who writes, stars in and co-created the present, was maybe probably the most visibly excited, leaping out of his chair in disbelief as every award was introduced.

“Okay, the web is about to activate me, I am so sorry,” the actor joked as he took to the stage to gather finest supporting actor, fearful that viewers have been changing into uninterested in all of the present’s wins.

On a extra severe observe, he mentioned: “Our present, at its core, is in regards to the transformational results of affection and acceptance, and that’s one thing we want extra of now than we have ever wanted earlier than.”

A number of critics agreed. “The Schitt’s Creek Emmys sweep proves the facility of consolation TV in horrible instances,” mentioned Selection’s Caroline Framke..

“It is a heat blanket of a present that assures its viewers that each episode will make them really feel good by the ultimate credit. Is it any marvel that that is the present that bought such a decisive stamp of approval this yr, of all years?”

5. Ramy Youssef revealed what occurs whenever you lose

Ramy star Ramy Yousseff misplaced out to Eugene Levy from Schitt’s Creek in the most effective main comedy actor class.

However this yr, whenever you lose your class, it is somewhat extra awkward than common.

Emmy producers have been dispatched to the homes of all the main nominees this yr – in a hazmat swimsuit for cover in opposition to Covid-19.

As soon as the winner was introduced, they’d obtain a knock at their door and their Emmy can be offered to them stay.

Sadly that signifies that anybody who does not win has to look at the Emmys workforce go away their home – taking the trophy again with them.

Poor Ramy managed to seize this second on video, as he waved his statue off into the space. So close to, but to date.

6. Visitor presenters stored the temper gentle

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Randall Park and an alpaca offered the award for finest writing for a restricted sequence

Actor Randall Park from Contemporary Off the Boat was upstaged by his co-host – an alpaca sporting a bow tie.

“If you learn an electronic mail too rapidly, the phrase ‘You are presenting with an alpaca’ seems to be so much just like the phrase ‘You are presenting with Al Pacino’,” he joked.

Elsewhere, Jason Sudeikis offered the award for finest comedy sequence whereas apparently present process a coronavirus take a look at stay on air.

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“Sorry, people, we’re legally obligated to get COVID assessments each hour. Academy coverage,” mentioned Sudeikis

Sudeikis tried to remain centered whereas a nurse sporting scrubs, gloves, masks, and a face masks appeared and positioned a swab up his nostril.

“Don’t be concerned, you will not even discover she’s right here,” the actor mentioned, earlier than trying to proceed with the prize.

After being interrupted by the nurse, who requested for his date of beginning, Sudeikis mentioned: “I do not know anymore. I believe you dented my mind.”

7. Jennifer Aniston must be a firefighter

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Aniston was one of many few stars to look in individual on the Emmys, popping as much as assist Kimmel within the early a part of the ceremony.

(This was earlier than she dashed dwelling to affix her Associates co-stars forward of her personal class being introduced, which was close to the tip of the present.)

Kimmel defined that the Emmys needed to adhere to strict well being restrictions, dousing one of many class envelopes in sanitiser to emphasize the purpose.

He then threw the envelope right into a garbage bin and set it alight, in an effort to “burn all of the germs” off it.

It was all a part of a pre-rehearsed gag – though the sanitiser proved to be extra flammable than Emmy producers anticipated.

After Kimmel had picked up the burned stays of the envelope with a pair of metallic tongs, the small hearth reignited – and an off-stage producer may very well be heard telling the pair to “put it out”.

Thankfully, Aniston was greater than able to coping with sizeable bin fires, and repeatedly used the hearth extinguisher to eliminate the flames, which have been placing up a powerful battle.

It appears Rachel has realized a factor or two since that point she burned down Phoebe’s residence.

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