LOS ANGELES (AP) – In a virtual Emmys version of the wrong Oscar winner, Ron Cephas Jones’ guest star award for “This Is Us” was announced for another nominee, Jason Bateman.
The error occurred during Saturday’s online Creative Arts Emmys, the precursor to Sunday’s main ceremony and the culmination of a week of events celebrating technical and other achievements.
However, Saturday’s show on FXX was the only one of the creative art presentations to be televised, making the error even more glaring. In a voiceover, Bateman was named the winner for his guest appearance on HBO’s “The Outsider,” while Jones’ name was on the screen.
The confusion was only resolved after a commercial break, with a message on the screen saying, “Sorry, a wrong winner has been announced. We are now fixing it ”, followed by the repeated display of Jones’ name, but without notice.
There was no immediate explanation for the error.
Bateman has another chance on Sunday when he competes for the best actor award for “Ozark.” The ABC broadcast (8:00 PM EDT) is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Given the lack of on-stage presenters and theater audiences at the virtual event, the error was far less dramatic than the 2017 Oscars mix-up, in which Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway falsely announced ‘La La Land’ as the best. picture instead of as winner. “Moonlight.”
But the Emmys’ misstep was a warning for Sunday’s show, which will also be virtual due to the pandemic but has ambitious plans. More than 100 cameras are deployed at home and elsewhere for nominees, allowing winners to accept their prize in real time.
Other Saturday winners included Eddie Murphy, whose return to “Saturday Night Live” after more than three decades earned the star his first Emmy Award for a guest comedy series actor.
Maya Rudolph claimed the guest actress’ trophy in the category for her portrayal of Senator Kamala Harris in the same episode.
Cherry Jones was honored as a guest star in a drama series for ‘Succession’.