Or how Ricky Gervais makes a robust case for hostless awards reveals.
It’s with an enormous sigh of reduction that we will formally relegate the 2020 Golden Globes to the previous and shift focus to the various (many) remaining awards ceremonies that the 12 months (and month) has to supply. That’s to not say that there aren’t classes to be discovered from the 77th Golden Globes, significantly for this 12 months’s Emmy Awards.
Maybe that appears untimely, however ABC would disagree with you. The printed home of Mouse introduced throughout president Karey Burke’s introductory speech on the community’s TCA Winter Press Tour session that the Emmys would air dwell, coast-to-coast, from 8-11 p.m. ET / 5-Eight p.m. PT on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The ceremony will once more happen on the Microsoft Theater at LA Dwell in lovely downtown Los Angeles, with a doable host and producers of the present to be introduced at a later date.
Whereas such deliberations are nonetheless underway, it’s the proper time for these planning the present to contemplate the beneath concepts earlier than finalizing any and all Emmy plans.
Whereas critics are combined on the success of hostless awards reveals, one thing is clear after Ricky Gervais’ newest try to emcee the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation’s greatest evening: In the event you completely should have a bunch to your awards present, make certain they really need to be there.
Positive, a giant a part of Gervais’ schtick is how little he cares concerning the glitz and glamour of Hollywood — about how pretend awards reveals are, how he’s a insurgent and outsider who’s unafraid to inform it like it’s — however after Sunday’s internet hosting stint, you must surprise if the comic is afraid to craft a high quality joke. The star of Netflix’s “After Life” — who made certain to shill for his collection throughout his opening monologue — delivered such a phoned-in efficiency that I half anticipated Candice Bergen to storm the stage and begin screaming about dimes and long-distance charges. (There you go. A joke primarily based on early-’90s telecommunication commercials. Was it humorous? No. Am I internet hosting the Golden Globes? No. Is there a distinction? Completely.)
The purpose is that to ensure that an viewers to really feel engaged, they should really feel as if no matter they’re spending their time consuming has some worth, even when that worth is leisure. Placing Gervais within the driver’s seat but once more, so he can sleepwalk his approach by means of one other present bemoaning Hollywood and its gamers makes members really feel awkward (which is no matter) however extra importantly, he alienates viewers who’re left questioning why they tuned in to some unfunny slog that apparently doesn’t matter anyway.
(By no means thoughts the bald-faced hypocrisy of Gervais pretending he’s not part of the Hollywood elite whereas he usually brags about how wealthy he’s on Twitter, punches down in pursuit of outrageous jokes, and made a beeline to Netflix’s banging afterparty so he may rub elbows together with his employers and the celebrities of “The Irishman.”)
Choose a superb host or don’t decide one in any respect. Both approach, select correctly.
There needs to be a greater solution to ship speeches within the fashionable awards period than no matter is going on presently. Whereas the Oscars are all the time getting in hassle for making an attempt to undercut below-the-line winners to spend extra time on the massive prizes (or wholly pointless leisure packages) they’re not improper in recognizing that people studying a listing of individuals they’re grateful to doesn’t make for scintillating tv.
As a result of the stakes are decrease on the Globes, there gave the impression to be extra room for speeches that deserted the standard mannequin and opted as a substitute to say one thing significant. From Tom Hanks to Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette to Joaquin Phoenix, passionate folks speaking about issues they’re captivated with is inherently compelling to observe.
So do this: Each nominee submits an acceptance speech. Every winner is allotted 45 seconds on stage to just accept their award and provides their speech, although solely essentially the most significant speeches are delivered in full. The remaining can be found for screening on the official web site of the group and distributed to press shops. In actuality, this most likely permits for extra intense protection allotted towards smaller awards and a possibility to combine issues up within the ceremony itself.
Clearly, the Oscars aren’t going to implement this technique within the subsequent month, which makes the Emmys the proper place to check run a new-and-improved acceptance speech mannequin.
The Golden Globes gave “Succession” two awards, Tv Academy. Are you going to allow them to present you up like that? Wouldn’t it’s nice in the event you may take that ball and run with it, making the HBO household dramedy the dominant collection of its time and recognizing the brilliance the show offers on every level?
Actually makes you assume.
For extra dissection of the awards that had been, take a look at this week’s episode of “Millions of Screens,” with TV Awards Editor Libby Hill, TV Deputy Editor Ben Travers, and Artistic Producer Leo Garcia, which incorporates extra chatter concerning the additional failures of Gervais, which afterparties had been occurring and which had been simply hanging on and, most significantly, the outcomes of the high-stakes Golden Globes prediction sandwich guess.
This episode of “Tens of millions of Screens” was produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia.