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Emmys request for pre-taped acceptance speeches ahead of ceremony is causing anxiety among nominees

With the Emmy Awards fast approaching, producers have the daunting task of pulling off the first ever virtual ceremony.

And to add to the mounting pressure for all involved, it’s been revealed by Deadline that The Academy has requested all nominees in the Creative Arts categories to submit a self-taped video acceptance speech ahead of time — whether they win or not.

The request has sparked concerns among nominees, some not wanting to jinx their chances of winning by reciting an acceptance speech without knowing if they’ve won.

The TV Academy has reportedly asked all Emmy nominees to pre-tape their acceptance speeches whether they win or not to help coordinate the upcoming virtual ceremony. Jennifer Aniston (pictured) has been nominated in the lead actress in a drama category

The TV Academy has reportedly asked all Emmy nominees to pre-tape their acceptance speeches whether they win or not to help coordinate the upcoming virtual ceremony. Jennifer Aniston (pictured) has been nominated in the lead actress in a drama category

The TV Academy has reportedly asked all Emmy nominees to pre-tape their acceptance speeches whether they win or not to help coordinate the upcoming virtual ceremony. Jennifer Aniston (pictured) has been nominated in the lead actress in a drama category

Another concern among nominees is privacy, as they reportedly feel uneasy about where the acceptance speech videos will end up if they don’t win.

The Creative Arts categories have already been split over five nights to help streamline the ceremony, taking into account the logistical challenges of a telecast with so many nominees.

This year’s show includes over 700 Primetime Emmy nominations in 124 categories, making up thousands of nominees.

And as it will all be done online, each nominee will be fed in remotely to the main telecast, making for a very complex broadcast.

 

With 700+ Primetime Emmy nominations in 124 categories and a total number of nominees in the thousands - all socially distancing in their homes - pulling off a virtual award ceremony is a daunting task.

With 700+ Primetime Emmy nominations in 124 categories and a total number of nominees in the thousands - all socially distancing in their homes - pulling off a virtual award ceremony is a daunting task.

With 700+ Primetime Emmy nominations in 124 categories and a total number of nominees in the thousands – all socially distancing in their homes – pulling off a virtual award ceremony is a daunting task.

In an attempt to simplify things, the TV Academy has cut the number of categories awarded during the premiere telecast by four.

For the Creative Arts Emmys, nominees are allowed only one 30-second video speech per nomination.

There will be an option for a uniform background to better integrate the individual videos into the show. 

The Emmy Awards nominations were announced last month, and the following day the Television Academy informed top nominees that the ceremony in September will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was expected given the restrictions and lockdowns imposed since the virus outbreak which has wreaked havoc in the entertainment industry.

The request for pre-taped speeches has sparked concerns among nominees, some not wanting to jinx their chances of winning and some worried about where the videos will end up

The request for pre-taped speeches has sparked concerns among nominees, some not wanting to jinx their chances of winning and some worried about where the videos will end up

The request for pre-taped speeches has sparked concerns among nominees, some not wanting to jinx their chances of winning and some worried about where the videos will end up

Adapting to the times: The Emmy Awards nominations were announced last month, and the following day the Television Academy informed top nominees that the ceremony in September will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Adapting to the times: The Emmy Awards nominations were announced last month, and the following day the Television Academy informed top nominees that the ceremony in September will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Adapting to the times: The Emmy Awards nominations were announced last month, and the following day the Television Academy informed top nominees that the ceremony in September will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Emmys – television’s equivalent of the Oscars – will take place on September 20 and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began.

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the festivities broadcast on ABC.

In the letter sent to select nominees and the contents of which were confirmed to AFP by an Academy spokesman, organizers said they were forced to make the tough decision to hold the ceremony online given the circumstances.

‘Aside from NOT being able to come together in one place, we also acknowledge that our world is going through a challenging moment in many ways,’ according to the letter signed by the producers of the event and Kimmel.

The Emmys - television's equivalent of the Oscars - will take place on September 20 and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began. Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are seen here at the 2019 Emmys

The Emmys - television's equivalent of the Oscars - will take place on September 20 and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began. Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are seen here at the 2019 Emmys

The Emmys – television’s equivalent of the Oscars – will take place on September 20 and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began. Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are seen here at the 2019 Emmys

TV Oscars: Leslie Jones presented the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards last month

TV Oscars: Leslie Jones presented the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards last month

TV Oscars: Leslie Jones presented the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards last month

‘We’ll be producing an event that is filled with warmth and humanity, which celebrates the power of television to bring us together and to help us shape our world,’ they wrote.

The letter said that organizers would work closely with the nominees, filming them at home and other locations, to ensure they stand out on the big night.

‘We’re going to make you look fabulous – we’re exploring the cutting edge of technology to allow us to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique ‘on screen’ moments,’ the letter added.

As to the dress code, the letter said given the informal theme of the ceremony, nominees could decide what to wear.

‘If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3 a.m., perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed!,’ the letter said.

Host with the most: Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (seen here in 2014) is set to host the festivities broadcast on ABC

Host with the most: Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (seen here in 2014) is set to host the festivities broadcast on ABC

Host with the most: Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (seen here in 2014) is set to host the festivities broadcast on ABC

‘We want to work with you to style your moments, but want you to guide us on your levels of comfort — where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear, etc.’ 

Streaming giant Netflix beat their own record by snagging an impressive 160 nominations. That’s compared to runner-up HBO’s 107 nods.

The preeminent premium cable network’s Watchmen, an innovative reimagining of a superhero graphic novel that tackled racism in America, topped single show nominations for with 26 nods.

No red carpet this year: Organizers have promised to work closely with the nominees, filming them at home and other locations, to ensure they stand out on the big night

No red carpet this year: Organizers have promised to work closely with the nominees, filming them at home and other locations, to ensure they stand out on the big night

No red carpet this year: Organizers have promised to work closely with the nominees, filming them at home and other locations, to ensure they stand out on the big night

Perennial Amazon hit The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was tops among the comedies with 20 nominations, followed by dark dramas Ozark and Succession at 18 each.

Disney Plus came out tops among the freshman streaming platforms with 19 nominations — 15 of them for the Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian.

Apple TV+ nabbed nominations for Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup for the platform’s flagship launch program The Morning Show.

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards: All the major nominations

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations honor the best and brightest in television. Here’s a list of all the major categories…

Outstanding Drama Series  

Better Call Saul, AMC

The Crown, Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Killing Eve, BBC America

The Mandalorian, Disney+

Ozark, Netflix

Stranger Things, Netflix

Succession, HBO  

Succession, HBO

Succession, HBO

Succession, HBO

Ozark, Netflix

Ozark, Netflix

Ozark, Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

 

Outstanding Comedy Series 

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

Dead To Me, Netflix

The Good Place, NBC

Insecure, HBO

The Kominsky Method, Netflix

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon

Schitt’s Creek, Pop

What We Do In The Shadows, FX

The Good Place, NBC

The Good Place, NBC

The Good Place, NBC

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

What We Do In The Shadows, FX

What We Do In The Shadows, FX

What We Do In The Shadows, FX

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me 

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek 

Issa Rae, Insecure 

Tracy Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Issa Rae, Insecure

Issa Rae, Insecure

Issa Rae, Insecure

  

Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Meathod

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

 Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek; Ramy Youssef, Ramy 

 Outstanding Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It! 

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Top Chef 

The Voice

The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

Top Chef

Top Chef

Top Chef

The Voice

The Voice

The Voice

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee 

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie 

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

 Regina King, Watchmen

 

Outstanding Limited Series 

Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu

Mrs. America, FX on Hulu

Unbelievable, Netflix

Unorthodox, Netflix

Watchmen, HBO

Unorthodox, Netflix

Unorthodox, Netflix

Unorthodox, Netflix

Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu

Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu

Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu

Unbelievable, Netflix

Unbelievable, Netflix

Unbelievable, Netflix

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