2020 Emmys: The Most Awkward, WTF, and Confusing Moments

Two words: hazmat tuxedos.

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The 2020 Emmys are proof that we're all just trying our best this year, even Hollywood. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the 72nd Emmys took on a unique format that resulted in several head-scratching and what-were-they-thinking moments. With Jimmy Kimmel at the helm, the show featured several creative efforts to maintain social distancing, including 130 livestreams from the homes of nominees instead of a live audience. (Kimmel and select presenters still did bits from the Staples Center in LA.) Some moments still managed to be heartwarming (looking at you, Dan Levy), but several other moments didn't exactly work. Take a look at our list of the most awkward and confusing moments of the award show. Hey, at least it was still entertaining?

1. The Hazmat Tuxedos

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In an effort to safely deliver Emmys to winners, the 2020 Emmys deployed trophy presenters clad in hazmat suits. But this is an award show after all, so the hazmat suits were made to resemble tuxes. It's a pandemic vibe.

2. And what happens when you lose the Emmy...

Ramy Youssef gave fans a peek at how incredibly and equally uncomfortable it is when you lose the Emmy and the hazmat tux guy has to leave.

3. When Jennifer Aniston Had to Put Out a Fire 

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During a bit, Emmys' host Jimmy Kimmel started a fire that presenter and nominee Jennifer Aniston had to help put out—only the fire didn't want to go out so easily, forcing the duo to battle some unexpectedly large flames.

4. The Most Extra Hand Sanitizer of All Time 

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Production turned an Emmy award in a very fancy hand sanitizer dispenser. I don't not want one.

5. That Not-OK ICE Joke 

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After Kimmel lost his Emmy category to John Oliver he joked he's be calling ICE in the morning. Uh, not cool Jimmy...

6. The Fake Audience 

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The 2020 Emmys kicked off with a truly puzzling bang, with production splicing footage of last year's audience reacting and laughing into Jimmy's monologue. It left viewers confused for a hot minute that show actually had a real audience in attendance. Kimmel revealed after about 10 minutes that it was all a joke, but it was a strange start nonetheless.

7. The Alpaca Presenter 

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Randall Park presented the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie alongside an alpaca. For no reason. Confusing, but cute.

8. No Live Audience = No Laughs

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Because Kimmel was hosting to an empty room, the majority of his jokes and other bits were followed by deafening silence instead of laughter from the audience.

Neha Prakash
Neha Prakash

As Marie Claire’s senior news and culture editor, Neha oversees all things entertainment, pop culture, and current events from TV shows and movies we can’t stop bingeing to celebrities we can’t stop 'shipping. She loves a hot-take, has an extensive knowledge of award shows, and knows the astrological signs of everyone in the royal family and the 'Friends' cast. Before joining Marie Claire, she held positions at Glamour, Brides, Condé Nast, and Mashable, and is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.