Disinfection of envelopes in front of the cameras, live coronavirus test and messengers clad in diving suits to deliver the prizes. The pandemic has been the absolute protagonist of some Emmy Awards 2020“>emmy awards who have pulled their wits this Sunday to save their remote ceremony.
“Welcome to the” Pand-Emmys “joked host Jimmy Kimmel at the beginning of a gala that has not been taken very seriously and in which the majority of guests participated from the sofa at home, some alone, others with their family and the most launched celebrating parties in front of a webcam.
The delivery of the most important television awards has had the honor – and the misfortune – of setting the tone that the Oscars, the Golden Globes will follow and other entertainment events if the state of things continues as it has been in the coming months. Something that fits the most reasonable forecasts.
Thus, the gigantic Staples Center in Los Angeles (USA), completely empty, welcomed the spectators who did not want to miss a reinvented format and that has had in the charisma of Jennifer Aniston, the emotion of Zendaya and the solvency of Jimmy Kimmel its main pillars.
Their appearances have spun a strange gala in which “Watchmen” (miniseries), “Schitt’s Creek” (comedy) and “Succession” (drama) have been proclaimed as the best fictions of the year.
Welcome to the year 2021 and Emmy-disinfectant
An image that is already viral on social networks perfectly sums up the spirit of these Emmy: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow reunited in front of the camera watching the event.
Aniston justified why his meeting with the protagonists of “Friends” con a single: “We have been roommates since 1994.”
The double nod to one of the mythical series of the small screen and to confinement in homes was the icing on the cake to a list of jokes that have tried to ironize with the strangeness of the circumstances, while celebrating how important it has been television for many people.
“Every day television is there for you – Kimmel assured -. She is the mother of your family, the sister of your sister and even your dog”. After that speech, the presenter accessed a large screen full of live connections. But before entering … hand sanitizer expelled by a trophy turned soap dispenser.
From that room, the comedian has given way to different interventions such as that of the actresses Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, who appeared in a garden celebrating a New Years party. “Because we are already prepared for this to end,” they explained.
Outside of the official broadcast, in the world of networks, ravaged a video of Ramy Youssef, who after losing in his category recorded how a messenger wearing a diving suit said goodbye with the award in his hand.
Elections and Black Lives Matter, present at the speeches
Despite the wishes for the hectic 2020 to end and the constant satire of the circumstances, there was room for serious moments.
Between the political conventions of August and the election debates of the next few weeks, these Emmys have been the last extra-political event that has gathered a great mass viewers ahead of the US presidential election.
“Be clear that your vote in the next election counts,” insisted one of the winners, actress Regina King, in her speech.
The protagonist of “Watchmen” intervened with a T-shirt in which there was an image of Breonna Taylor, the young African-American woman who was shot dead by police in March being innocent. And it was not the only one. So did actress Uzo Aduba as banners with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” crept into the broadcast.
Tyler Perry’s speech after receiving a tribute for his social work also mentioned the fight for racial equality in the United States after Mark Ruffalo and Dan Levy encouraged the vote.
Later, America Ferrera narrated in a tribute to the Latino community -absent among the nominees- how at age 16 they asked her to it will sound “more Latin” to get a role because, despite his appearance, he did not have the accent that was associated with his image.