This year's Cannes Film Festival was cancelled, 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 the the third time that Kimmel will have hosted the Emmys, following the years 2012 and 2016. (He also hosted the Oscars in 2017, the year of the infamous Moonlight/La La Land mix-up.)
The Emmys are set for Sept. 20 and will air on ABC. Last year, when it was shown 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 actress may have won two Oscars, but she has yet to win an Emmy or even been nominated for one. 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 that this year's Oscars ceremony has been pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25, the latest date ever since Oscar started the TV era in 1953. The eligibility rules have also been extended: Now, any film released before Feb. 28, 2021 will be eligible to compete for an Oscar.
The Oscars has 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 an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema."
Like the Emmys this year, the Oscars will be televised on ABC. No word on a host yet. Will Kimmel do double-duty?