Emmys 2020: The best and worst moments on a weird, virtual night, from 'Friends' reunion to hazmat suits

Written by on September 21, 2020


The 2020 Emmys had been crammed with highlights, from Jennifer Aniston extinguishing a hearth to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and Zendaya making award present historical past. USA TODAY

“Howdy and welcome to the Pandemmys!” 

That is how host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 2020 Emmy Awards, a present in contrast to another within the 72-year historical past of the TV awards ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no such thing as a viewers within the Los Angeles Staples Heart, so host Jimmy Kimmel stood on the stage alone. There was no pink carpet, no ordinary parade of glitzy vogue or inane questions. 

However amid the nominees video-chatting in their award speeches and Kimmel and buddies making an attempt to make lemonade out of the horrifyingly bitter lemons of 2020, there have been some nice moments. And in addition fairly just a few dangerous ones. 

Worst: Kimmel fiddles, the world burns 

Regardless of the unprecedented nature of the telecast, the extreme cultural upheaval of 2020 and the chance to do one thing solely new with the awards ceremony, Kimmel kicked off the night time with an aggressive sameness, a boring monologue that cracked jokes in regards to the pandemic and the 2020 election as if it was  solely the everyday stage of disaster plaguing the world. Chopping in scenes of a previous Emmys viewers laughing at his new monologue, Kimmel appeared to be in his personal little universe, a comic cracking jokes because the world burns about how pointless the entire charade is. 

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At one level there was literal hearth, when in a bit with Jennifer Aniston he “sanitized” the winner’s envelope by lighting it on hearth and asking Aniston to put it out, and the trash can hearth proved a bit too sturdy for her hearth extinguisher. A metaphor for one thing? Most likely.. 

Greatest: A Schitt’s sweep

Each as soon as in awhile, the Emmy voters get it proper. The ultimate season of Pop TV’s pleasant, life-affirming sitcom was neglected for many of its run by the Tv Academy. The voters actually made up for it this 12 months. The sequence gained all seven comedy Emmys handed out Sunday,  which meant your complete first hour of the telecast saved returning to the “Schitt’s” Emmy social gathering (the place all these attending have been isolating after receiving negative COVID tests). It made the telecast a bit of boring, however it was so gratifying and cathartic to expertise the “transformational energy of affection and acceptance” of “Schitt’s” that star and co-creator Dan Levy talked about in one in all his many acceptance speeches. 

Greatest and worst: Mixing up the presenters

Even when Kimmel’s business-as-usual monologue made it appear to be the Emmy Awards had been continuing as ordinary, presenting every of the numerous awards to nominees internationally could not. Though just a few  celeb company (Aniston and Tracee Ellis Ross, amongst them) confirmed up on the Staples Heart, largely the present needed to strive one thing new. Listening to from docs, a trainer and a UPS employee was beautiful, a method to acknowledge the second we’re dwelling in with out drowning in despair and sorrow. However having Jimmy or DJ D-Good casually throw out the winners for lead actor in a miniseries or TV film made these classes really feel just a bit much less thrilling. (No one needs to suppose their class is subpar, even whether it is). 

Worst: A pressured ‘Associates’ reunion 

Essentially the most related TV joke Kimmel and the present writers may make in 2020 was sticking Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow in a room collectively? May we be any extra bored?

Greatest: ‘Watchmen’ wins and Regina King’s speech

HBO’s “Watchmen” was the most effective TV sequence of the 2019-2020 season, and has solely change into extra very important as protests for racial equality have occurred nationwide. Winners Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and writers Damon Lindelof and Twine Jefferson acknowledged how particular the sequence is, and the importance of depicting the Tulsa Bloodbath of 1921 of their acceptance speeches. King and Abdul Mateen’s shifting phrases had been among the many finest speeches of the night time. 

Worst: The nominees who did not Zoom in

When the awards are occurring in all places the nominees are, there aren’t many excuses for not Zooming in (or utilizing no matter video chat expertise ABC whipped up that appears nicer than my ordinary work conferences). The place had been Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Cate Blanchett, Jeremy Irons, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and the others who did not give us a window into their completely adorned houses? It was a bit awkward, even when they did not win.  

Greatest: “Succession” gleefully wins excellent drama

Regardless of the separation of  many of the solid and crew when HBO’s media dynasty drama “Succession” gained the night time’s prime award, the acceptance speech had the cute glee of the individuals who deliver the sequence to life. From Kieran Culkin guffawing at a cellphone ringing in producer Jesse Armstrong’s room to Sarah Snook holding up a tin-foil Emmy to the delayed applause of Jeremy Robust and Brian Cox, the second had all of the cute chaos that normally occurs when 30 individuals swarm the stage for a present’s win. And whereas the ultimate speeches of an awards present night time can generally be anticlimactic, Armstrong had sturdy phrases to say as he accepted the award, closing out the night time with a rhetoric bang, together with an “un-thank you” to COVID for protecting everybody aside. 

Greatest: Emmys delivered in hazmat fits

There’s nothing not funny about this. 


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