The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards will be streamed live at 10:00 am Monday (AEST), and while we’ve got some clues on how the virtual party is going to take place, anyone can still guess whether it’ll take off without a hitch (or technical glitch).
Along with some guides from Creative Arts Emmys that took place over the course of five nights this week, here’s what we can expect from the televised event.
Jimmy Kimmel will host a live broadcast from Staples Center
This is the third time Kimmel has hosted the Emmys, but it could be the most challenging for him.
The late-night talk show host will be onstage at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, only without the usual celebrity crowd.
Only production staff and a small number of stars will be allowed in, which means sponsors or recipients of awards.
If anything, Creative Arts Emmys, who was hosted by Nicole Byer of Nailed It! Outside the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, we can see many stars present the awards in person or almost from home.
It is scheduled to appear a group of special guests in some form
- Oprah Winfrey
- Morgan Freeman
- Sterling K. Brown from This is Us
- Jason Bateman from Ozark
- Ilana Glazer and Abbie Jacobson, co-creators and stars of Broad City
- Lynn Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton
- Randall Park, refreshing off the boat, vape
- Rowe Bull from Drag Race Ro Bull
- Jason Sudeikis, famous for its horrible heads, hole bass and our mills
- Count von Comte of Sesame Street
There are bound to be some awkward moments
After all, this is the first Emmy of its kind.
Reginald Hoodlin, one of the executive producers of this year’s show, said they are scrapping parts of the traditional format for awarding the awards.
Hoping to avoid the feeling of a Zoom call, employees have charged dozens of movie-quality cameras, lights, and microphones to capture live, spontaneous feedback from winners in their own living rooms.
The producers will watch 130 live feeds from about 20 cities, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Tel Aviv and Berlin.
Some series actors will meet to watch the broadcast.
We can expect higher caliber production and more real-time experience from Creative Arts Emmys – which are running for five nights this week – as some of the presenters and candidates pre-registered and their letters of acceptance.
Winners then discovered that they won when they saw their acceptance speech during the live broadcast, such as composer Laura Karpman:
We’ve also seen some presenters not looking directly into their camera lens, or taping themselves with their finger above the lens.
The academy depends on the unexpected
Viewership for award TV shows has declined in recent years, and last year Emmy achieved a record low viewership of 6.9 million.
The producers are hoping the unpredictability of this year’s formula will attract some attention, and they admit things could go wrong.
“Multiply that by a million, and that’s what we’re dealing with here.”
One thing is for sure: Tyler Perry will receive this year’s Conservative Award
Speaking of awards, Tyler Perry and his foundation, Perry, will be honored with the TV Academy Judges Award for 2020.
It is awarded each year to an individual or organization whose achievement is “so exceptional” that “goes beyond the annual honors for Emmy Awards.”
Perry was selected by the Academy’s Board of Governors for his “unprecedented achievement in television” and his “commitment to providing opportunities for marginalized communities”.
Perry has produced 22 feature films, more than 20 plays, 13 television programs, and two sales books.
In terms of fashion, expect anything from track pants to couture
While we won’t have a red carpet, we will have for Australian viewers Countdown to the red carpet broadcast On Foxtel’s E! The channel is from 8:30 am to 10:00 am and a Before the show It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Arena.
This is where you can expect to see some interviews, fashion shows, or social media posts from people who have their Emmys parties at home.
As Emily Kwong, GLOW’s music editor:
Or actress Irene Moriarty from The Boys:
Although the informal topic is “Come as you but make an effort”, we are bound to see some different interpretations.
Breanne Heldman, People magazine’s senior TV editor, predicts the stars will still be wearing prominent clothes throughout the show.
She said some may wear masks to match their outfit, which could range from tracksuits or pajamas to the latest fashions.
“Wear those Jimmy Shoes. You don’t have to run around.”
We may still have the usual political messages
Awards ceremonies and acceptance speeches have become places where celebrities give time to showcase an issue or why they are interested in it.
Looking back on the past in recent years, there has been #JeSuisCharlie in 2015, #AskHerMore in 2016, and #MeToo and #TimesUp in 2018-2019.
And while it’s the Emmys and it was hypothetical, this week’s Creative Arts Awards proved that we still have to expect some messages on Monday.
This week we saw presenters and winners talking about the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as messages like “Go vegetarians,” “all this together,” and “wear the damn mask only.”
ABC / wire
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