In its 72nd edition, the iconic ceremony was adapted to current times and served as a showcase for some social causes
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The ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles with digital connection to different parts of the world (Photo: Archive)
The 2020 edition of the expected Emmy Awards was totally atypical and different from how it had been shown during the previous 71 editions of the celebration, since it coincided with the health contingency that the world continues to go through and that has caused the measures in this regard to be reinforce.
It was a virtual edition of a gala where the jokes regarding the lack of an in-person audience were not conspicuous by their absence. “Welcome to the Pand-Emmys”, joked Jimmy Kimmel, the star presenter of the night, who from the stage and before numerous “actors”, who were actually cardboard figures accommodated in the seats, began the gala digital.
Without a doubt, a new format for a ceremony that always stood out for bringing together many stars with little social distance under the same roof.
A cardboard version of the nominated actors appeared in the staples of the Staples Center (Photo: File)
With the impossibility of carrying out the ceremony as usual and between screens to connect with all the nominees, a professional audio and video team traveled to the homes of the 130 nominees to connect with the digital gala , while some celebrities they attended in person for brief moments to make a shortlist presentation.
With no red carpet, no celebrities, no lengthy speeches in front of a large audience, the pandemic forced the Emmys to adapt to the circumstances and reinvent themselves without losing their essence.
Towards the center of the theater, the stage was filled with screens, from where most of the nominees appeared, connected from some point in the world, where they also received an emissary with their respective statuette, which they gladly received in case of winning.
Through multiple screens, the nominees made an appearance from their homes (Photo: Archive)
In addition to being a great party for entertainment, the 72nd edition of the Emmys served as a showcase to defend causes such as inclusion and justice for the African-American community, such is the case of Zendaya, who took advantage of her participation in the gala to shock to the audience with a message of inclusion in television stories.
So said the winner for Best Dramatic Actress for her role in Euphoria , an award for which she made history by becoming the youngest winner in that category:
“Television has the power to influence and shape our culture, sometimes it can reflect who we are or distort it. Too often it is not ideal and challenges us to be better. When the potential of television is unlocked, it forces us to recognize that despite our vast and many differences, we share an unbreakable human bond. And when we see ourselves and others, those differences can disappear. Who decides which stories are told? What experiences are valid? The truth in the narrative has to be in those who have lived it daily, ”said the 24-year-old Californian.
Zendaya made history by becoming the youngest actress to win the Best Dramatic Actress category (Photo: Achivo)
For his part, Damon Lindelof , creator of Watchmen , a series released before the protests against racism exploded this year in the United States and which has become a cultural reference for the Black Lives Matter movement for his argument related to the supremacist massacre that occurred. in Tulsa in 1921, he gave an emotional speech.
Winner of Best Miniseries and Best Screenplay in Miniseries, its screenwriter, Lindelof, thanked the Watchmen awards, dedicating them to the African – American victims and survivors of that racist massacre.
Damon Lindelof dedicated his award to the African American community (Photo: Screenshot)
Regina King, who won the Best Actress in a Miniseries Award for Watchmen , took advantage of her media exposure to show under her pink outfit a T-shirt with the face of Breonna Taylor, the nurse who was killed during a failed raid by officers in a More than just betrayed police brutality against the African-American community.
In her thanks, Regina spoke about how the show she won her Emmy for has sparked conversations about race and justice in America.
Regina King made visible the violence and police brutality against people of African descent in the United States (Photo: AP)
With live connections that offered a glimpse into the intimacy of the famous, and managed to bring all of Hollywood closer despite the distance , without a doubt this edition of the Emmys set a precedent like the past MTV Video Music Awards, experiences that will serve as proof of what could happen in the future with other prominent entertainment accolades like the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Grammys.