Not even 15 minutes had passed, and Jennifer Aniston was extinguishing an actual fire on the Staples Center stage. Yep, the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards were weird.
Much like everything else this year, television’s biggest night went virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving us unsure what to expect from this industry-wide Zoom call.
But even though the Emmys’ 72nd annual ceremony was often surreal and a bit uncomfortable, the three-hour telecast still managed to create moments both joyful and entertaining. To that end, we’ve boiled down the evening to 17 moments we’re still thinking about, for better or for worse.
On one hand, there was Jason Bateman’s delightful assist with host Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue, an unexpected shout-out to Gilmore Girls‘ top tourist stop and the Emmys’ appreciation for the pandemic’s essential workers, among other highlights. But for every endearing acceptance speech or genuinely funny pre-taped sketch, there were other ideas that totally missed the mark. (Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank on Barry? Fantastic. Anthony Carrigan as a Russian interfering with our upcoming election in a humorless Emmys skit? Oof.)
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