Emmy Conscious

It took a pandemic for Hollywood to embrace the dictates of "We need fun." The credo pronounced by host Kimmel—"What's happening is not important but it’s fun. And we need fun."—at the top of the show was just about the polar opposite of the guiding principle of every awards show for the past decade. From the Oscars to the MTV Awards, when you've turned on a kudos fest of late, the hosts have all but opened with the declaration that "What you're about to see is not going to be a whole lot of fun, but we've decided that it's important for you sit through five hours of it."

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