Emmys: Television Academy Spreads 72nd Awards Presentations Over Six Nights In September, Reduces Number Of Primetime Categories

Pete Hammond
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The Television Academy lived up to its promise to spread the presentation of the (Virtual) Creative Arts Emmys over several nights in September, and today it announced just how it will be done.

The 2020 Creative Arts Emmys will be spread across the entire week beginning September 14 and continuing for five nights, all starting at 5 p.m. PT. The first four nights will stream on Emmys.com, followed by the fifth night September 19 on FXX.

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The Academy also announced today which awards will presented on each night, as well as the category lineup for the virtual Primetime Emmys hosted and Executive Produced by Jimmy Kimmel airing live on ABC on September 20 at 5 p.m. PT/8 ET.

Awards categories presented at the Creative Arts ceremonies will include:

  • Monday, September 14: Reality and Nonfiction

  • Tuesday, September 15: Variety

  • Wednesday, September 16: Scripted Night One

  • Thursday, September 17: Scripted Night Two

  • Saturday, September 19 (FXX): An eclectic mix of awards across all genres

In recent years, the Creative Arts Emmys have been presented over the course of two nights — previously the ceremony was one marathon evening — with matching Governors Balls for both, as well as the Primetime Emmys following a week later, also featuring an identical Govs Ball. This year the Academy had to get creative due to the continuing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, so it decided to use Emmys.com to carry the bulk of the Creative Arts awards that recognize creative and technical achievements in television, largely the categories that can’t be squeezed into the primetime network broadcast which focuses on key program, acting, writing, and directing categories. However, the number of those categories in the Primetime show has been decreased from 27 last year to 23, with Variety Writing and Directing awards among those delegated instead to Creative Arts, and all the Gov Balls are canceled.

Writers and directors normally are guaranteed four categories each on the big network ceremony, but this year it has been reduced to three each as the Academy tries to trim the virtual presentation. Variety Sketch Series and Television Movie also are headed to Creative Arts this year. The yet-to-be-announced Governors Award, which usually is presented during a Creative Arts show, will instead be on the ABC broadcast this time.

In a very unusual year, this will be a very unusual Emmys. Last week Kimmel, along with the other executive producers of the Primetime show — Guy Carrington, Reginald Hudlin, David Jammy and Ian Stewart — sent a letter to nominees and/or their PR reps offering details on how the show would work for them as they watch live in their own homes or other locations. The Academy did not list similar details, or any hosts yet, for the five Creative Arts shows, except that they will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

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Suffice it to say it takes a village to hand out all those Emmys, but this time that village will be virtual. Here is the full list of 2020 Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys categories and when they will be presented:

CREATIVE ARTS EMMY CATEGORIES FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING HOSTED NONFICTION SERIES OR SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES
OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
OUTSTANDING NARRATOR
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A STRUCTURED REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR AN UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM

CREATIVE ARTS EMMY CATEGORIES FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM VARIETY SERIES
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (LIVE)
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY HAIRSTYLING FOR A VARIETY, NONFICTION, OR REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MAKEUP FOR A VARIETY, NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (NONPROSTHETIC)
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY, NONFICTION, OR REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR VARIETY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A VARIETY, REALITY OR COMPETITION SERIES
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A VARIETY SERIES OR SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES
OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

CREATIVE ARTS EMMY CATEGORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (HALF-HOUR)
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY HAIRSTYLING
OUTSTANDING FANTASY/SCI-FI COSTUMES
OUTSTANDING MULTI-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING PERIOD COSTUMES
OUTSTANDING PERIOD MAKEUP AND/OR CHARACTER MAKEUP (NON-PROSTHETIC)
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PROGRAM (HALF-HOUR)
OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (HALF-HOUR) AND ANIMATION
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (HALF-HOUR) AND ANIMATION
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

CREATIVE ARTS EMMY CATEGORIES FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

OUTSTANDING DERIVATIVE INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION
OUTSTANDING INNOVATION IN INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING MOTION DESIGN
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A COMEDY OR VARIETY PROGRAM

CREATIVE ARTS EMMY CATEGORIES FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING COMMERCIAL
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES
EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
OUTSTANDING UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES MOVIE OR SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR VARIETY OR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MAKEUP (NON-PROSTHETIC)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE EXTENSION OF A LINEAR PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SERIES
OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
OUTSTANDING PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIRSTYLING
CREATIVE ARTS AWARDS CATEGORIES – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 CONT…
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PERIOD OR FANTASY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A DRAMA SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL

72nd EMMY AWARDS TELECAST: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

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