How Did the 2020 Emmys Work? Behind the Scenes of the Strangest Award Show Ever

How Did the 2020 Emmys Work? Behind the Scenes of the Strangest Award Show Ever

It’s the day after the Emmys and this year, more than any year before, we still have so many questions.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the ceremony to go virtual this year, with most nominees watching and appearing from their homes or at least from some remote location. More than 130 camera set ups were sent out around the world to wherever celebs happened to be located—Unorthodox’s Shira Haas tuned in from Tel Aviv—and somehow actual statues were handed out to the winners no matter their location. Some nominees still appeared in the Staples Center with host Jimmy Kimmel—and somehow the show went off almost completely without a hitch.

In fact, it could be said that the only hitch involved Jennifer Aniston and a fire that wouldn’t go out, which is pretty good, considering! We expected disaster (and the Emmys producers did too), but what we ended up with was a fun, fascinating show that almost felt like a new normal we wouldn’t mind getting used to—even if we are still having trouble figuring out how the show even worked.

Luckily, Jimmy Kimmel Live co-head writer (and Kimmel’s wife) Molly McNearney answered many of those questions in an interview with Variety. Scroll down to see many of our burning questions answered!