Following the day of announcing the names of nominees for the Emmy Awards, Television on Wednesday informed the nominees that the September event would be online due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The announcement was expected to address issues and closures made since the outbreak of the virus, which has sparked violence in the entertainment industry.
The Emmys – equivalent to the Oscars on television – will take place on September 20 and will be the first to be screened in Hollywood since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.
Nighttime talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has been scheduled to host aired on ABC broadcasts.
In a letter sent to nominate candidates and certified content to AFP spokesman for the Academy, organizers said they were compelled to make the difficult decision to host the festival online given the circumstances.
“Apart from being able to come together in one place, we also acknowledge that our world is in big trouble in many ways,” according to a letter signed by the event’s producers and Kimmel.
“We will be producing an event full of warmth and personality, which enjoys the power of television to unite us and help us build our world,” they wrote.
The letter says the promoters will work closely with nominees, record it at home and elsewhere, and make sure they go out late at night.
“We will make you look fun – we are looking at the technical limit to allow us to use the best cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your own unique ‘screens’,” the letter added.
As for the dress code, the letter states that if given the wrong theme for the event, the nominees can decide what to wear.
“If you want to be officially dressed, we love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and 3 in the morning, you probably want to be at a designer computer and record in your bed !,” the letter said.
“We want to work with you to create a style for your time, but we want you to guide us to your levels of comfort – where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear, etc.”