Emmy Awards climax in the strangest ego-fest of all

Actor Sarah Snook and writer Tony McNamara were our sentimental favourites for the night, but the world is a cruel place and everyone is a pawn in the streaming publicity game anyway. Sniff.

As the title suggests, The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards have been running for 72 years, but this is the weirdest one of all because COVID. With physical contact and a public event not possible, the Emmys have instead exploded all over the world with crews visiting nominees to record their responses. Don’t imagine little clumps of people in living rooms waiting anxiously and hoping the broadband works – the producers simply taped everyone faking their joy and making an acceptance speech, and then let them stew until the core team in Hollywood pressed the button for the real winners. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.