This year’s fifth and final night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies aired Saturday night “virtually live” on FXX, and viewers discovered that first hand, when a snafu happened late in the broadcast during the award for guest actor in a drama.
When the winner was revealed, the screen read Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) — but the voice over announced Jason Bateman, from “The Outsider.” Producers quickly realized their mistake, and pulled the visual down, going to commercial. When the show returned, an on-screen note offered an apology:
It turns out Cephas Jones was indeed the winner, although if he had sent in an acceptance speech, it wasn’t played.
And so goes Emmy 2020, a most unusual year that has led to a most unusual setup for this year’s Emmy Awards. A virtual Emmys was bound to have some hiccups, and this could perhaps be a foreshadowing of Sunday night’s main Emmy Awards, as producers have promised to expect the unexpected — including a few gaffes along the way. Live TV!
The FXX telecast was the finale of the 100 Creative Arts awards passed out over five days this year. (Normally, the Creative Arts Emmys are presented over two nights the weekend before the primetime ceremony.) Like the four shows streamed earlier this week, segments for the show were pre-taped, but the show was produced in real time, as reps from Ernst & Young revealed winners to the show’s control room over the next two hours — hence, perhaps the accidental button pushing.
Among the night’s other winners: “RuPaul’s Drag Race’s” RuPaul Charles broke the record for most consecutive hosting wins, landing his fifth consecutive Emmy for reality or competition program host. Eddie Murphy, meanwhile, won his first-ever Emmy, for hosting “Saturday Night Live” — which landed