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NEW YORK: television’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Emmy awards, will be held online on 20th September due to 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 Emmys that will take place in September will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began. Moreover, it will be hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
In the letter sent to select nominees and the contents. “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.
“We will 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,” the letter added.
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The film academy has been fighting with how to handle the pandemic’s near shutdown of the theatrical exhibition and film production and festival business since mid-March. With theaters shuttered, release dates pushed and major festivals like Cannes and Oscars canceled.
Other entertainment industry awards shows are also in flux. The 74th Tony Awards has been postponed indefinitely. Moreover, the BAFTAs awards have been pushed from 14th Feb 2021 to 11th April the same year.