The 2020 Emmy Awards are already a fast-fading memory, so let’s give recognition where it’s due and while we can. At a time when award shows seem completely unnecessary, the Emmys nevertheless managed to put on a watchable show. Could it have anything to do with our collective hunger for something – anything – new on television after months of self-isolation? Is it the timeless appeal of award shows? Is it the growing need we are all experiencing for diversions from the mounting madness of the world right now? Regardless, anyone expecting to watch TV’s biggest night become an epic fail was in for a disappointment. The telecast wasn’t exactly a great event, but it was filled with surprises and it made history, too. Plus, it wisely made room to showcase the participation of several essential workers, reminding us that the real superstars of 2020 are not the celebrities who were busy gathering awards throughout the night, or anyone within their community. And it added to the number of Black actors who were honored with 2020 Emmys last week during the Creative Arts ceremonies, bringing the total to ten, a record for a single year.
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