A Montana Rancher Presented An Emmy Award Last Night
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night, and I was really curious what they were going to be like - how do you do this kind of award show in the middle of a pandemic? A few music shows have happened in recent weeks, and they've managed to innovate and have full performances from artists (in venues with no fans in them, but still). But how were the Emmys, recognizing the best in television, going to work?
As it turns out, relatively smoothly! Jimmy Kimmel hosted and did the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles - there was no crowd, so the nominees were attending via over 100 different live feeds from all around the world. There were some awkward moments, but overall, I thought it was actually a pretty good show, especially under the circumstances.
One thing about the show that I really liked was its focus on essential workers - many of the categories weren't read by celebrities, but rather by healthcare workers, grocery workers, and others who have been on the front lines battling COVID-19. Plus, there was even a Montana connection to one of them!
Caroline Nelson, a shepherd and rancher from Townsend, Montana, was there to represent the agricultural workers across America. After a quick introduction, she presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, which went to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for his performance in HBO's Watchmen (well deserved, he was awesome in it).
You can check out the video below, and thanks again to Caroline and all of the agricultural workers out there for helping keep food on the table during this insane time we've been living in.