The biggest night in TV looked very different this year. The 2020 Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmell on Sunday, September 20, took place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but he spoke mostly to a giant, very empty room.
Instead, the 125 nominees were at home, streaming from across the world — with some in London, Tel Aviv and Toronto — via special set-ups sent to them by the TV Academy. These kits included ring lights, high-definition cameras, laptops and microphones.
“Are you familiar with home schooling? It’s gonna be kinda like that. It’s gonna be a bunch of people on their webcams. It’ll be closer to porn than an awards show,” the comedian, 52, joked to USA Today ahead of the show. However, he’s happy that the ceremony still happened and that everyone was given a distraction from what’s happening in the world.
“I think that a diversion is necessary, and we will be paying tribute to not just actors, but people who have been heroic throughout this pandemic and through all of the things that we’ve gone through,” Kimmell said. “For a lot of people who are sitting at home, it will be nice to see a newly produced show on television. I mean, it would be one thing if we, like, stopped progress on the vaccine to do the show, but if we don’t really have anything to do with that, I figure it’s OK.”
The 72nd annual show featured a few pre-taped segments, just as the normal show does, but was, for the most part, live. As for the winners, HBO’s Watchmen received the most nominations of any show this year with 26, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel came in second with 20 nods and HBO’s Succession and Netflix’s Ozark tied with 18 nominations each.
“I don’t want it to go smoothly, to be totally honest with you. There’s nothing more boring than smooth,” the host added. “I want it to be a little chunky. We’ll see what happens. My big concern is that we maintain a strong WiFi signal!”
Scroll through the gallery below for the full list of nominees and winners.