The 2020 Emmys Are Going To Look Different From Any Other Award Show

The 2020 Emmys Are Going To Look Different From Any Other Award Show

Here’s what the first semi-remote Emmys will look like.

With the BET Awards and VMAs now behind us, the pandemic-era award show season is fully underway, and the 2020 Emmys are up next. This Sunday, Sept. 20, the 72nd installment will be taking place mostly remotely.

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You can watch the 2020 Emmys on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, or on Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV (with a subscription to any of them).

Here’s what we know about this year’s Emmy Awards.

Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting (for the third time) from a stage inside of Los Angeles’ Staples Center, according to an in-depth report from Variety.

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But the seats will be empty.

The remote Emmys will not have an audience.


There also won’t be a red carpet, or an, um, interesting attempt at one, like the VMAs.

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Sadly, we won’t have any moments like this one from last year.

There will be presenters: So far, everyone announced includes Oprah, Gabrielle Union, Issa Rae, Anthony Anderson, J.J. Watt, Lena Waithe and America Ferrera.

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There might even be live reaction shots of every nominee as the awards are being announced because the producers want the show to be “live as much as possible.”


“This will all depend on the comfort level of the people at the other end, but we’ve got to go and find them,” Ian Stewart, whose company Done+Dusted is working on the production of the event, told Variety. “They might be at home, they might be in the garden, might be in a hotel, they might be standing on the side of the street. It doesn’t really matter, wherever they feel comfortable. But we want to bring every nominee that we can logistically, live into the show.”

Logistically, it sounds like quite a challenge!


“This show will need an unbelievable number of wiring connections in and out, because the nominees are not going to be there. So we’re going to take cameras to where they are,” executive producers Reginald Hudlin told Variety. “And the number of feeds that that requires is so massive that we need a facility like the Staples Center, which is used to having that much signal from reporters covering sports to handle the kind of in and outputs that it requires.”

On the other hand, the Creative Arts Emmys — which are being announced ahead of the big ceremony on Sunday — have been gathering a “pre-taped acceptance speech” from each of the nominees, “but only the winner’s thanks” is airing.


The remote Emmys are not going to be the “Zoomies” (lol), according to Stewart, which basically means that the technology will be a lot nicer than what we use to chat with our co-workers and families.


“The best thing for us is to have very high-end cameras, with a person operating them in somebody’s house or wherever they are. That’s our starting point,” Stewart explained.

Apparently, at one point, the producers hoped to coordinate real-time deliveries of the trophies to winners’ homes, but that idea “was ultimately nixed.”


So was having an indoor audience or onsite nominees.

As for the fashion, it could be as polished as any other award show, or people might just wear “pajamas” — expect to see anything along that spectrum, really.


“If you want to be in your sweats on your sofa that’s also fine,” Stewart said of the nominees. “It will be much more casual, much more fun, as we’re more in it together. It will go where it goes. We hope really well, but I can’t sit here and say that it’s going to go 100% perfectly because no one’s ever done it before.”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson — Black-ish

Don Cheadle — Black Monday

Ted Danson — The Good Place

Michael Douglas — The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy — Schitt’s Creek

Ramy Youssef — Ramy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate — Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini — Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara — Schitt’s Creek

Issa Rae — Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross — Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Mahershala Ali — Ramy

Alan Arkin — The Komsinky Method

Andre Braugher — Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sterling K. Brown — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

William Jackson Harper — The Good Place

Daniel Levy — Schitt’s Creek

Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

D’Arcy Carden — The Good Place

Betty Gilpin — GLOW

Marin Hinkle — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon — Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy — Schitt’s Creek

Yvonne Orji — Insecure

Cecily Strong — Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver — Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Eddie Murphy — Saturday Night Live

Dev Patel — Modern Love

Brad Pitt — Saturday Night Live

Fred Willard — Modern Family

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Angela Bassett — A Black Lady Sketch Show

Bette Midler — The Politician

Maya Rudolph — The Good Place

Maya Rudolph — Saturday Night Live

Wanda Sykes — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Phoebe Waller-Bridge — Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman — Ozark

Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Steve Carell — The Morning Show

Brian Cox — Succession

Billy Porter — Pose

Jeremy Strong — Succession

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston — The Morning Show

Olivia Colman — The Crown

Jodie Comer — Killing Eve

Laura Linney — Ozark

Sandra Oh — Killing Eve

Zendaya — Euphoria

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun — Succession

Billy Crudup — The Morning Show

Kieran Culkin — Succession

Mark Duplass — The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito — Better Call Saul

Matthew Macfadyen — Succession

Bradley Whitford — The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright — Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter — The Crown

Laura Dern — Big Little Lies

Julia Garner — Ozark

Thandie Newton — Westworld

Fiona Shaw — Killing Eve

Sarah Snook — Succession

Meryl Streep — Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley — The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman — The Outsider

Ron Cephas Jones — This Is Us

James Cromwell — Succession

Giancarlo Esposito — The Mandalorian

Andrew Scott — Black Mirror

Martin Short — The Morning Show

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel — The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox — Orange Is the New Black

Cherry Jones — Succession

Phylicia Rashad — This Is Us

Cicely Tyson — How to Get Away With Murder

Harriet Walter — Succession

Outstanding Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons — Watchmen

Hugh Jackman — Bad Education

Paul Mescal — Normal People

Jeremy Pope — Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo — I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett — Mrs. America

Shira Haas — Unorthodox

Regina King — Watchmen

Octavia Spencer — Self Made

Kerry Washington — Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — Watchmen

Jovan Adepo — Watchmen

Tituss Burgess — Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Louis Gossett Jr. — Watchmen

Dylan McDermott — Hollywood

Jim Parsons — Hollywood

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Uzo Aduba — Mrs. America

Toni Collette — Unbelievable

Margo Martindale — Mrs. America

Jean Smart — Watchmen

Holland Taylor — Hollywood

Tracey Ullman — Mrs. America

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America




Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place


The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian


Stranger Things


You can see the rest of the nominees here and catch the show this Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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