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Creative Arts Emmy Nominees to Pre-Tape Acceptance Speeches for Emmys Virtual Awards Ceremony

Creative Arts Emmy Nominees to Pre-Tape Acceptance Speeches for Emmys Virtual Awards Ceremony

  • The Television Academy has asked Creative Arts Emmy nominees to submit a 30-second unique and self-taped acceptance speech that will be aired if they win for their achievements under their category.

The Television Academy has asked Creative Arts Emmy nominees to pre-tape their acceptance speech, whether they win or not, for the virtual awards ceremony to be hosted in September.  

“Due to the ongoing pandemic and the sheer number of nominees for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, all nominees have been asked to submit a pre-taped acceptance speech,” a TV Academy spokesperson told Variety. “Though all of the elements of the Creative Arts Awards will be pre-taped, each ceremony will be called live by the director. Winners for each category will remain known only by Ernst & Young until they are revealed to the director as the category is being aired.”

The Academy divided the Primetime Emmys into a five-night virtual event to further manage the 124 categories to be presented and the thousands of nominees considered. The Creative Arts Emmys honor talented artists and craftspeople in categories across all genres including reality, variety, documentary, animation, comedy, drama, limited series and movies.

Nominees are requested to stay at home and asked to submit a self-taped and unique on-screen acceptance moments for the category they were nominated as though they have been announced a winner for their achievement. This request proves similar to that asked of the Daytime Emmy telecast held in June.

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Each nominee must submit their pre-taped 30-second speech by the deadline of Friday, August 23. Nominees in major categories have not been asked yet to submit a pre-taped speech. The premiere telecast will feature four categories, and will only air one self-taped acceptance speech per nomination, regardless of the number of nominees.

The first four ceremonies will be streamed on Emmys.com from September 14 to September 17. The final night of the Primetime Emmy Awards will telecast on FXX on Saturday, September 19.

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