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2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards to be Presented Virtually Amid Pandemic

The annual Governors Ball for the Television Academy has also been cancelled for the first time in history.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Scenes from the 70th Emmy Awards Governors Ball and 2018 Creative Arts Governors Ball press preview at L.A. Live Event Deck on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Television Academy has confirmed today that the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be hosted digitally this year, with the traditional annual Governors Ball canceled for the first time in history. The news comes as the film industry eagerly anticipates further news from the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, with a decision on dates and potential extension of eligibility dates expected to be made within a few hours.

The Creative Arts Emmys were expected to take place on Sept. 12 and 13, however, it will now take place virtually over several dates yet to be scheduled.

Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said:

“This has been an incredibly challenging time for our industry; and though we are now making plans to get back to work, we know there are many still suffering from the work stoppage caused by the coronavirus. As we strive to do the right thing for our community with these changes to our annual events, the Television Academy is also pleased to support those still in need with a $1 million donation to The Actors Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund.”

The Television Academy regularly hosts a variety of ceremonies each year, with the Creative Arts Emmys dedicated to celebrating television’s very best craft work, including costume design, editing, and cinematography. It’s also the place to celebrate the year’s outstanding guest performances.Last year’s ceremony honored Luke Kirby, Jane Lynch, Cherry Jones, and Bradley Whitford.

The Creative Arts ceremonies are key for Emmy pundits when making predictions, with the results often indicating which shows are favored by the Academy and who might be in for a big night when the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony comes around.

The Daytime Emmys are set to go ahead digitally on June 26, with Deadline reporting that ABC is working with the Television Academy currently on potential plans for the Primetime Emmy Awards, currently scheduled to take place on Sept. 20.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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