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Sanitised Envelope to Friends Reunion: Why Virtual Emmy Awards 2020 Were Better Than IRL Ones

By: Buzz Staff


Last Updated: September 21, 2020, 14:13 IST

Screenshots from ABC / Twitter.

Screenshots from ABC / Twitter.

The virtual 2020 Emmy Awards was unlike anything seen before. It was an office-like video conference party but for the celebrities. it was the celebration of diversity.

Emmy Awards 2020 held on Sunday in Los Angeles was unlike anything seen before in its 72-year-old history. As the ensuing pandemic pushed the glittery night indoors, turning the award function into an office Zoom call of sorts, the show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel saw a push in the right direction.

A year that has seen chants for Black Lives Matter grow louder than ever after the death of George Floyd to a cop, 72nd Emmy Awards rolled out its metaphorical red carpet to welcome diversity and inclusivity. As a matter of fact, this year’s Emmy set the record for most wins by Black actors.

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Actor Zendaya scripted history by becoming the youngest winner of the best lead actress in a drama trophy for her unsettling performance in HBO series Euphoria. The 24-year-old star became the second actress in Emmy’s history to win in such a category.

The awards night also saw Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, Friends cast, reunited on-screen– much to the surprise of the fans.

Kimmel, at one point, “sanitised” envelope by setting it on fire. Aniston did the rest.

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The show that was attended by celebrities from the comfort of their homes didn’t miss out on fashion nor did the light-hearted funny video call moments go unnoticed on social media.

Everyone’s favourite Schitt’s Creek won big– in all the acting categories including awards for writing and direction.

Making a statement

This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown presented the show’s final award for best drama series. He took the stage at Staples Center wearing a black T-shirt with white letters BLM for Black Lives Matter and a white raised fist.

Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday’s virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice.

Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot and killed by police in March. Kings T-shirt featured Taylor’s face.

After winning the prestigious award for the best leading actor, Mark Ruffalo gave a speech that not only won the hearts of netizens but also made them ponder on the current cultural and political movement in the United States of America.

Emmy award-winning actor started his speech by elaborating upon his role in the series I Know This Much Is True. He then went on to describe the basic plot of the series.

He said that his show’s story is about a family, which is very similar to the situation in the United States and in the world today. “And it asks a big question: How are we going to deal and honour and take care of each other and our most vulnerable people?” he asked, replying that it will be done through love, compassion, and fighting for the underprivileged.