Jimmy Kimmel, in preparation for the 2016 Emmy Awards.Rich Fury / AP
The United States Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has not canceled the Emmy awards on September 20, but they are organizing them with all possible precautions with the help of other organizations: these awards will be among the first to be held in times of coronavirus. Earlier this week, the Hollywood Film Academy announced that the presentation of the next Oscars will be postponed for two months until April in the face of the industry paralysis caused by the pandemic. The Emmys have not changed their date and they have just announced who will host the ceremony: Comedian and presenter Jimmy Kimmel will repeat for the third time, a bet on ABC insurance at a time when existence cannot be complicated .
« I don’t know where we will do it or how, and even why we do it, but we are doing it and I will be the host, » said late night host Jimmy Kimmel Live !. The comedian, who will also produce the gala, already went through the Emmy stage in 2012 and 2016 and presented the Oscar gala two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). And it also means the return to a gala with presenter after the gala was held last year without any. “We know that Jimmy Kimmel is going to put on an entertaining, fun and exciting show. He is a true ringmaster who reveres this industry and its people, and as Jimmy has done with his own show in recent months, he will approach this momentous event with heart and humor and bring the much-needed joy and optimism to our colleagues. of television and for the spectators in their houses ”, explained the president of the entertainment area of the ABC chain, Karey Burke.
The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 28, two weeks later than usual, to give time to networks and platforms to present their candidacies and to re-broadcast series that had been hung by the halt due to the health crisis. These awards have three different ceremonies to distribute their awards. Two of them, the creative and artistic awards (with around 80 categories), which are held a week before the main ones, this year will take place virtually. Celebration parties have also been canceled and part of the money that is usually spent on them will be donated to an association to support interpreters who have been harmed in their work by the pandemic.
The 2020 awards will be marked for being the first after the Game of Thrones era (the most awarded series in the history of these awards) and for being the year in which there is more content on digital platforms than ever, with the arrival of Disney +, Apple TV +, Quibi and HBO Max.