No red carpet glamour, daunting tech challenges; everything that could go wrong at virtual Emmys

Fortunately, the quick-witted Kimmel 'loves live TV and loves chaos.'

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In the rush of hearing their name called, winners may be more likely to blurt out a laundry list of thank-yous.
LOS ANGELES: Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel and an alpaca sharing the spotlight. Winners accepting at home in designer pajamas or maybe yoga pants. More than 100 chances for a balky internet connection to bring Sunday's ceremony to a crashing halt.

Come for the awards, stay for the suspense of the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live, but socially distanced, broadcast amid the coronavirus pandemic.

``What could possibly go wrong?'' Ian Stewart said drolly as he and fellow executive producer Reginald Hudlin detailed their efforts to celebrate TV's best without a theater audience or red-carpet glamour and with daunting technical challenges.


Fortunately, the quick-witted Kimmel ``loves live TV and loves chaos,'' Stewart said. ``I think he's actually hoping things do go wrong, to tell you the truth.''

The comedian will hold court at the Staples Center for ABC's 8 p.m. EDT telecast, joined by a handful of yet-to-be-revealed celebrities. Morgan Freeman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Patrick Stewart and Oprah Winfrey are among those with undisclosed roles in Sunday's show, along with Isabella the alpaca.

H.E.R. will perform during the ``In Memoriam'' segment.
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The HBO limited series ``Watchmen'' is the leading nominee, with star Regina King up for honors. Top comedy and drama series contenders including ``Schitt's Creek,'' ``The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,'' ``Succession'' and ``Ozark,'' while Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell (``The Morning Show``) and Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy (``Schitt's Creek``) are among those vying for acting trophies.

The ceremony continues to highlight the TV turf battle, with cable, streaming and, to a far lesser extent, traditional broadcast networks jockeying for recognition and viewers in an increasingly crowded landscape. The arrival of newcomers including Apple TV+ (with its flagship series ``The Morning Show'') has upped the competition.

Nominees will be ensconced at their location of choice, whether home, hotel or otherwise, with formal wear definitely optional. There are custom Emmy PJs being made, while some may have the courage to wear what Hudlin called the ``freakiest, funkiest'' outfit in their closet or decide on the comfort of athleisure wear.

When the winners' names are revealed they'll deliver their speeches in the form of a very glorified Zoom call, which could make for spontaneous moments unavailable in a theater.
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``If someone's kid suddenly takes control of the mic and, suddenly, they are the star of the show, we are going to let that happen,'' Hudlin said. One nominee reveled in the possibility of including their dog, and the producers are being open-minded.

``What we've tried to do is to make it into a fun thing to do. It's not stuffy. It's not staged,'' Stewart said.
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To make the long-distance participation work and be broadcast worthy, 130 units that include a high-end camera, lighting and boom mic are being deployed to nominees scattered in 10 countries and 20 cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Tel Aviv, London and Berlin.

The downtown LA Staples Center, where teams including the Lakers and Clippers play, replaced the planned venue because it has the resources to handle the night's extensive number of feeds, Hudlin said. How smoothly they flow will depend on the nominees' internet connections.

The process, including COVID-19 precautions, makes it ``sort of a logistic nightmare,'' Stewart said. ``It's just going to be great,'' a cheerful Hudlin parried.

``To quote the great (filmmaker) Melvin Van Peebles, sometimes trouble is opportunity in work clothes. Because the fact is, people have been hankering for a reinvention of the award show. ... and I think COVID has forced us to do that,'' the producer said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Other recent awards shows, including the BET Awards and this week's Academy of Country Music Awards, bowed to the coronavirus with a mix of pre-taped and live segments. It's incumbent on the prime-time Emmys to do more, producers said.

``One of the great things about television is its immediacy and its ability to meet the moment, so we want to do that same thing with the show,`` Hudlin said. ``We want people to have fun, and we want to celebrate achievement.''

But the ceremony also has to acknowledge ``where we are as a culture,'' he said.

With the pandemic, the fight for social justice and fires ravaging the western U.S., it would be ``a failure if we didn't address all of those things in a show about television,`` Hudlin said. ``That doesn't mean we want to be preachy. We don't want to lecture people.''

In the rush of hearing their name called, winners may be more likely to blurt out a laundry list of thank-yous to agents, publicists and others, Stewart said, which ``may well feel a little tone-deaf.''

``We are not going to tell anyone what to say. They can say what they'd like, and they should celebrate it,`` he said. ``But there are other things happening in the world that they might want to reference as well. It's a balance that we have to strike .... It's a balance that nominees and winners have to strike as well.``

Lady Gaga, Rami Malek, 'Green Book': Who Won What At Oscars 2019
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The 91st Oscars kicked-off on Sunday in Los Angeles. The biggest award night of the entertainment world went live without a host for the first time but that did not affect the thrill in fans when the names of winners were announced.

From Lady Gaga's first-ever Oscar victory to Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter's historical win for black women, this year's trophies had some new names carved on them. India, too, made headlines with 'Period. End Of Sentence.'.

If you couldn't catch the big entertainment gala live, we've compiled a list of all the winners of this year's Academy Awards.

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This year's best picture award was bagged by Peter Farrelly's directorial 'Green Book'.

Set in 1962, it's based on a true story of a tour of the Deep South by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley played by Mahershala Ali. His Italian-American bouncer and driver was played by Viggo Mortensen.

Earlier, the movie won the People's Choice Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year.

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Alfonso Cuaron's directorial 'Roma' was declared the best foreign film at Oscars this year. The Mexican drama, this year's best director award winner tells, is a brilliant tale of love and sacrifice through a lens which Hollywood usually ignores.

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An animated extension of the Spider-man franchise, 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' won a top honour at the Oscars. The movie was declared the best animated film feature this year.

Produced by The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the movie featured a new teenage spider-man.

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Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' was nominated in seven categories this year and bagged three Oscars, one of them for best original score. It is the first superhero movie to win this award.

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'Period. End of Sentence.' bagged the best documentary short subject award at Oscars this year. Set in the Hapur district outside of Delhi, this documentary focuses on the deeply-rooted stigma against menstruation. It was co-produced by Guneet Monga and directed by Rayka Zehtabchi.

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The Best Production Design award this year was bagged by Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther'. This was the second award for this movie at Oscars.

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The best makeup and hairstylling Oscar this year was bagged by 'Vice'.

The best makeup and hairstylling Oscar this year was bagged by 'Vice'.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' bagged awards in the sound category. The movie took home top honour for best sound editing this year.

The movie also won the best sound mixing award at this year's Oscars.

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Visual effects are an element that takes a movie to a whole new level. This year, 'First Man' bagged the Oscar for best visual effects.

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India At 2019 Int’l Emmys: KJo, Anurag Kashyap’s Selfie Moment With D&D, Radhika Apte Stuns At Red Carpet
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The 47th International Emmys were nothing short of a true-blue desi affair. The much-awaited award ceremony was held on November 25 at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York city and honoured the best in film, television and web series.

2019 was indeed a monumental year for India at the International Emmys, with Indian shows and movies earning not one, but three nominations.

The film ‘Lust Stories’ was nominated in the Best TV Movie/Mini Series category while Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer ‘Sacred Games’ bagged the nomination for Best Drama Series. Radhika Apte, who starred in both the aforementioned shows was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress award.

The who’s who of the Indian film fraternity walked the red carpet and ended up grabbing eyeballs for their unique fashion choices.

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Indie star Radhika Apte who has now made her way to the mainstream cinema, walked the red carpet at the International Emmys. Apte, who in 2018, became the poster girl of the popular streaming platform, Netflix, dazzled in a dress made of illusionary and trippy patterns.

The ‘Lust Stories’ star tied her hair back in a sleek bun and wore minimal accessories. The 34-year-old stole the show with her shiny ensemble and even posted a picture wearing the dress on Instagram, all while sipping on some champagne.

Apte was nominated for an Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for her work in the Indian anthology film, ‘Lust Stories’. The award, however, was won by Hungarian actress, Marina Gera.

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The show which took the entire nation by a storm in 2018 and developed a cult fan following, ‘Sacred Games’, rightfully earned an Emmy nomination for their phenomenal work this year. The web television thriller was nominated for Best Drama Series. Team ‘Sacred Games’, sans Saif Ali Khan, walked the red carpet and stole the limelight.

Nawazzudin Siddiqui, who plays the titular character ‘Gaitonde’ on the show, was also in attendance. Siddiqui wore a classic black overcoat with white shirt and a bow tie. Kubbra Sait, who channeled the much-celebrated role of ‘Kukoo’ on the show, was also seen posing with the team which included the directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.

Kubbra wore an off-shoulder, grey gown by Gaurav Gupta and accessorized it with jewellery from Outhouse.

The award for Best Drama Series however, was won by British crime drama television series ‘McMafia’.

So Siddiqui, who played Indian businessman Dilly Mahmood in 'McMafia', didn't have to go home empty-handed. He even posed with his co-stars James Watkins and Dixie Linder.

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Amidst the stars who descended the red carpet and made bold fashion choices, the most memorable moment was Bollywood bigwigs posing with the creators of the immensely popular, cult show ‘Game of Thrones’, David Benioff and DB Weiss.

Collectively known on the Internet as ‘D&D’, both Benioff and Weiss were massively trolled by fans of ‘GoT’ earlier this year for a disappointing final season of the show.

Dharma Productions owner and filmmaker Karan Johar along with director Anurag Kashyap posed with the duo at the red carpet.

While Karan wore a decorated Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, Anurag Kashyap went traditional with a black sherwani and white buttons. The picture went viral on social media in no time with netizens appreciating the unique crossover between the world of Bollywood and ‘Game of Thrones’.

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The directors of the anthology film ‘Lust Stories’, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee also stunned everyone with their bold fashion choices. Zoya Akhtar wore a yellow-coloured Sabyasachi ensemble. Vikramaditya Motwane wore a black blazer, complete with black shoes.

‘Lust Stories’, which stars Kiara Advani, Bhumi Pednekar and Radhika Apte in titular roles, was nominated for Best TV Movie/Mini Series at the 47th International Emmys. The honour, however, was won by Australian Thriller Drama Series, ‘Safe Harbour’.

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‘The Remix’, an Indian reality competition web series, featuring Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan, composer Amit Trivedi and Indian electronic dance producer, Nucleya was India’s entry to the Emmys in Non-Scripted Entertainment category.

The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video in March 2018 and saw contestants remaking popular Bollywood numbers. The show, however, lost to UK’s ‘The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night’, where women team up to put on a performance to raise awareness about breast cancer.

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