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'Virtual' Emmys open with cardboard cutouts, remote video calls

21 September 2020, MVT 18:04
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 17, 2018, Emmy statues are seen before the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. - No red carpet, no star-studded audience and no "Game of Thrones" -- this year's Emmys honoring the best in television promise to be radically different as producers scramble to create Hollywood's first major pandemic-era award show. The coronavirus has turned Tinseltown upside-down, bringing productions to a halt even as lockdown orders around the world send binge-watching through the roof. (Photo by Valerie MACON / AFP)
21 September 2020, MVT 18:04

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys on Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts of the nominees, marking the start of Hollywood's first major Covid-era award show.

"Hello and welcome to the pand-Emmys," said Kimmel, as producers cut to archive footage of a star-studded audience, before revealing the venue's empty seats.

Nominees for the 72nd Emmys -- television's version of the Oscars -- are beaming in remotely from their homes, with only a handful of special guest presenters appearing in person including Jennifer Aniston.

After last year's hostless Emmys, Kimmel joked: "You can't have a virus without a host."

The first prize of the night, best actress in a comedy series, went to Catherine O'Hara for "Schitt's Creek," who was handed her award by a presenter in a hazmat suit at a socially distanced event for the show's cast in Toronto.

Los Angeles, United States | AFP

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