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    Updated on Sep 21, 2020. Posted on Sep 17, 2020

    So This Is How The 2020 Remote Emmys Is Going To Work

    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.

    The "72nd Emmy® Awards" will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel
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    But the seats will be empty.

    The remote Emmys will not have an audience.

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

    Billy Porter attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater
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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."

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    “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!

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    "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.

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    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.

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    “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."

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    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.

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    “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.”

    See the major nominations below.

    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

    Unbelievable

    Unorthodox

    Watchmen

    Outstanding Comedy Series

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Dead to Me

    The Good Place

    Insecure

    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

    Ozark

    Stranger Things

    Succession

    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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