'Virtual' Emmys open with cardboard cutouts, remote video calls

Los Angeles (AFP) – Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys on Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts of the nominees, marking the start of Hollywood’s first major Covid-era award show.”Hello and welcome to the pand-Emmys,” said Kimmel, as producers cut to archive footage of a star-studded audience, before revealing the venue’s empty seats.Nominees for the 72nd Emmys — television’s version of the Oscars — are beaming in remotely from their homes, with only a handful of special guest presenters appearing in person including Jennifer Aniston.After last year’s hostles…

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