Producers will also work to outfit all nominees with their own high-quality filming rig, so no one will be accepting an award via their iPhone camera. “This will all depend on the comfort level of the people at the other end, but we’ve got to go and find them,” Stewart said. “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.
Production company Done + Dusted says that host Jimmy Kimmel will anchor the ceremony live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, chosen because its large size will allow anyone there that night to properly social distance.
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Some category presenters (though not all) and musical guests may join Kimmel at the space, but for the most part the nominees will be back at home (in some cases because they’re in strict quarantine due to the fact they may be preparing to enter production again under tight guidelines).
“We’re not trying to make the Zoomies, we’re trying to make the Emmys,” Ian Stewart, president of the company producing this year’s Emmy awards, tells Variety.
The announcement clears up months of confusion and speculations as to how the first major show business awards ceremony of the COVID-19 era would occur (if at all).
One certainly can’t hobnob at the Emmys on a Sunday night, and then show up at work the next morning and risk getting the people at crafts services sick. They don’t deserve it.
This Sunday's ceremony will be quite unlike the Emmys you’d expect. https://t.co/jXEazvoCqB— W Magazine (@wmag) August 24, 2020