In 2020, the Primetime Emmys were one of the first awards telecasts to take its ceremony to the virtual realm, relying on a mix of teleconferenced acceptance speeches, pre-taped montages, and socially distant, in-person bits to create a piece of entertainment typically reliant on red carpet looks, live audience reactions, and the tension derived from having hundreds of nominees gathered together in one room, waiting to hear their names called. And for the most part, it went great! Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel started a live, momentarily uncontrollable fire! John Oliver waited with baited breath for his Emmy box to pop open. Zendaya won Best Actress.
All of these elements were surprising, sure, but there was legitimate chaos in the air that helped keep the energy up throughout an always-lengthy telecast. The biggest question heading into the show was whether or not they could pull it off,