The organizers will allow each nominated and potential winner to be filmed at the location of their choice, including at home. The dress code will also be new!

Deliver his thank you speech in his garden? In pajamas? This will be possible on September 20 at the 72nd Emmy Awards. Coronavirus pandemic obliges, finished the red carpet, forgotten the rise on stage to give or receive a trophy. The organizers of the ceremony – the equivalent of the Oscars of television – have confirmed that the gala evening will be virtual. What everyone suspected. How can we imagine, when the United States is experiencing a resurgence of the epidemic, that entire teams gather in the Microsoft auditorium in Los Angeles? That international talent can cross the Atlantic despite travel restrictions? Like the British Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Jeremy Irons (Watchmen ) or the Irishman Paul Mescal (Normal People ) without forgetting the Israeli Shira Haas (Unorthodox ).

Of which act. “As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to ask you to come to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on September 20. This year will be the biggest night in the television industry yet … but we will come to you», Explains the letter sent to all the nominees.We constitute a team of technicians, producers and first-rate authors to (…) come and film you at your place or at the place of your choice», Continues the missive which promises that the gala will be much more demanding than a simple videoconference by Zoom.

Jimmy Kimmel to the rescue

Even if they are virtual, these Emmy awards will have as presenter the host Jimmy Kimmel who has a whole team of scribes to sharpen his texts. The Emmy Awards intend to take advantage of this format to have fun and, who knows, win back an audience that has deserted them over the most recent editions. Starting with the dress code. “Our informal theme for this evening is ‘come as you are, but make an effort!’ ”, joke the organizers. “If you want to be in formal wear we would love to, but on the other hand if you are in the UK and it’s three in the morning, maybe you want to be in designer pajamas and be recorded from your bed!», They assure.

«We will produce an event filled with warmth and humanity, which celebrates the unifying power of television and its ability to shape our world. You are an essential part of this story. It is out of the question to lose sight of the symbolic importance of being nominated, or even of winning an Emmy. But we guarantee you a memorable evening», Conclude the organizers.

This year with 26 nominations, the mini-series Watchmenis a favorite, even if the competition will be tough with Mrs America and Little Fires Everywhere.Ozark and Succession, 18 nominations each, dominate the drama categories where it will still be necessary to be wary of The Mandalorian and of The Crown. In the comedy sections, the third season of The wonderful Mme Maisel holds the top of the pavement with 20 quotes.

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