One day after announcing nominations for the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy Wednesday informed key nominees that this year’s ceremony will be held virtually, thanks to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
With most major public gatherings banned under health restrictions, the shift to a virtual ceremony did not come as a surprise, but the Television Academy had not made any formal announcements of what form the Sept. 20 show will take.
But that changed Wednesday, with a letter sent to select nominees — and first obtained by Variety — informing them of plans to hold the ceremony online, while still celebrating “the significance of being nominated for, and maybe winning, an Emmy.”
“But we cannot ignore the circumstances, and 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, which was sent by Emmy telecast producers and host Jimmy Kimmel.
“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.
According to the letter, producers plan to work closely with nominees to “make sure that we can film with you … at your home, or another location of your choice. 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 also addressed the standard award-show question, “Who are you wearing?”
“Our informal theme for the night is `come as you are, but make an effort!’,” the letter states. “If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the in U.K. and it’s 3 a.m., perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed! 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.”