Emmys 2020 recap: The best and worst moments from this year’s unusual show

The 2020 Emmys gave host Jimmy Kimmel and presenters an unusual problem.

Because of the pandemic, the rite needed to continue without any of the standard pomp and circumstance of a are living target market.

Right here’s a breakdown of what labored — and what flubbed — throughout the 72nd Emmy Awards.

Best: The display screen room

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy KimmelInvision/AP

Host Jimmy Kimmel, 52, opened the rite by means of turning in his monologue to an it sounds as if complete target market sans mask or social distancing that perplexed audience at house. On the other hand, he quickly printed it was once outdated pictures (with the true target market being a mixture of empty chairs and cardboard cutouts), and then he moved right into a room stuffed with a whole wall of monitors appearing this year’s nominees video-conferencing in remotely. It introduced a hanging visible and set the scene correctly.

Worst: The postal provider bit

Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Carrigan
Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony CarriganABC

Earlier than the best comedy director class, Kimmel did slightly with “Barry” actor Anthony Carrigan posing as a Russian “mailman” turning in the envelopes to announce the winners. It’s laborious to clutch what this unfunny and tedious skit was once seeking to accomplish. The postal provider adjustments and delays have led to a dire scenario that has ended in 1000’s of other folks dropping get admission to to life-saving drugs. Was once this skit seeking to say one thing sensible about it? It didn’t. Was once it seeking to make mild of it? You’ll’t. Was once it seeking to lay the blame on the USPS postal staff’ ft? That’s erroneous. The implication that the postal provider is infiltrated by means of the Russians forward of the election may be conflating two other problems, which is irresponsible to probably confuse other folks as they get ready to forged their ballots — whether or not in-person or by means of mail. What was once the purpose?

Best: “Schitt’s Creek” sweep

Eugene and Dan Levy
Eugene and Dan LevyABC

After a six season run from 2015-2020, warm-hearted comedy “Schitt’s Creek” noticed its swan music with a sweep in the entire comedy classes, together with the highest actor classes (with wins for Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy and Catherine O’Hara) and writing and directing. The forged and team have been even assembled for their very own socially-distanced celebration, whole with mask and an award presenter donning a Hazmat swimsuit. A candy send-off for a universally beloved show.

Worst: Too many COVID jokes

Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel
Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy KimmelABC

We’re residing in exceptional instances, the place COVID is the problem dominating the whole thing else. However as Kimmel identified in his monologue, the Emmys are nonetheless taking place in 2020 as a result of this 12 months has been depressing and “presently we’d like amusing.” Sadly, it didn’t really feel like he may just decide to that, as each different bit concerned COVID jokes. Whilst it’s comprehensible to say it a couple of instances, between Jennifer Aniston becoming a member of Kimmel for a longer “sanitizing” bit that concerned Lysol spray and hearth, Jason Sudeikis getting a take a look at on-screen, Randall Park’s bit with a llama and about 200 extra references, Kimmel confirmed that he wasn’t keen to apply his personal recommendation to take a look at to have amusing for one evening. It roughly felt like this shouldn’t also be taking place this 12 months — by which case, don’t do it! However they did it, so no less than decide to it and don’t self-flagellate.

Best: The famous person quarantine montage

Margo Martindale
Margo MartindaleABC

From Margo Martindale ingesting in her lawn to Ty Burell’s awkward intercourse shaggy dog story to Will Arnett admitting it’s laborious being in his personal corporate, the glimpse in the back of the scenes on the less-than-glamorous present lives of more than a few celebs was once one lovely and relatable bit that didn’t overstay its welcome. It served as a pleasant counter to the tone-deaf famous person “Consider” video that spawned outrage firstly of the pandemic in March.

Worst: A “Pals” non-bit

Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox
Jennifer Aniston and Courteney CoxABC

In opposition to the center of the rite, Kimmel pulled up a video feed to “test in” with Jennifer Aniston. Whilst she spoke, Courteney Cox popped up subsequent to her. When Kimmel expressed confusion about why she was once there, Aniston mentioned, “We’re roommates.” Lisa Kudrow then joined, in what was once shaping as much as be an enthralling “Pals” homage . . . however then, inexplicably, as a substitute of Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry or David Schwimmer, Jason Bateman popped as much as cap it. The bit trickled off from there with out a punchline, leaving the target market questioning what the purpose was once.

Best: Thanking a therapist

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson
Damon Lindelof and Wire JeffersonSymbol Crew LA / American Broadc

When Damon Lindelof and Wire Jefferson gained for “Remarkable Writing for a Restricted Sequence, Film or Dramatic Particular” for HBO’s gritty superhero drama “Watchmen,” Jefferson mentioned in his acceptance speech, “Thanks to my therapist.” Whilst many of the different COVID jokes have been clunky, this sentiment was once highest for the present generation in some way that rang unique.

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