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The Emmys Are On, and Jimmy Kimmel Will Be Back

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The Emmys Are On, and Jimmy Kimmel Will Be Back

This year’s Cannes Film Festival was canceled, the Tony Awards have been postponed indefinitely, and the Oscars have been pushed back two months. But it looks like the 2020 Emmys will go on as scheduled.

Will it be a live or virtual event? Who knows? All that seems certain is that Jimmy Kimmel will be back for the third time as host. “I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it,” the late-night talk-show host said in a statement released on Tuesday. It will be the third time that Kimmel will host the Emmys, following the years 2012 and 2016. (He also hosted the Oscars in 2017, the year of the infamous MoonlightLa La Land mix-up.)

The Emmys are set for September 20 and will air on ABC. Last year, when they aired on Fox, the ceremony went host free. The Television Academy will announce nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards on Tuesday, July 28.

“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny, and moving Primetime Emmys show,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “He’s a true master of ceremonies who reveres this industry and its people. And just as Jimmy has done with his own show over the past few months, he will tackle this momentous event with heart and humor and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home.”

The fact that the Emmys will go on as scheduled might be good news for Cate Blanchett. The actor may have won two Oscars, but she has yet to be nominated for an Emmy. That’s sure to change this year. Blanchett is consider a near shoo-in for best actress in a limited series for her role as Phyllis Schlafly in the Hulu series Mrs. America. In fact, the early odds on Emmy nominations have five of Blanchett’s castmates sweeping the supporting actress category: Sarah Paulson (playing a fictional Schlafly acolyte), Rose Byrne (Gloria Steinem), Margo Martindale (Bella Abzug), Tracey Ullman (Betty Friedan), and Uzo Aduba (Shirley Chisholm).

The Emmys announcement followed by a day the news that this year’s Oscars ceremony has been pushed back from February 28 to April 25, the latest date the Oscars have ever been broadcast on TV. The eligibility rules have also been extended: Now any film released before February 28, 2021, will be eligible to compete for an Oscar.

The Oscars have been delayed three times before—due to L.A. flooding in 1938, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times,” Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement. “They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control. This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark a historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”

Following the Oscars news, the BAFTAs announced they would shift their ceremony from February 14 to April 11.

Like the Emmys this year, the Oscars will be televised on ABC. No word on a host yet. Will Kimmel do double duty?


Source: Vogue.com