LOS ANGELES — At a virtual Emmys edition of this wrong-winner Oscars gaffe, Ron Cephas Jones’ guest performer award for”This Is Us” was declared for a different nominee, Jason Bateman.
The mistake happened during Saturday’s online creative arts Emmys, a precursor to Sunday’s most important ceremony along with also the culmination of a week of events honoring technical and other accomplishments.
Saturday’s series on FXX, nevertheless, was that the only one of the art demonstrations to be televised, which makes the mistake more glaring. At a voice-over statement, Bateman has announced the winner because of his guest appearance on HBO’s”The Outsider,” while the display exhibited Jones’ name.
The confusion was not addressed before a commercial break, using an onscreen message which read, “Our apologies, an erroneous winner was declared. We are fixing it today,” accompanied closely by the repeated display of Jones’ title but with no announcement.
There was no immediate explanation for this error.
Jones was good-natured concerning the error when he fielded questions almost afterward, concentrated rather on his second Emmy for”This Is Us” and particularly on his daughter, actor-singer Jasmine Cephas Jones.
He expressed pleasure when studying the group made Emmy history since the first father and daughter to triumph at precisely the same calendar year.
“My heart simply explodes when I consider her and observe her and the achievement that she has had,” he explained.
Bateman has yet another shot Sunday when he’s competing for the best actor honors for”Ozark.” The ABC telecast (8 pm EDT) will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Considering that the digital event’s shortage of on-stage presenters along with a theater crowd, the mistake was much less dramatic compared to the 2017 Oscars mix-up, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway wrongly announced”La La Land” as the best picture rather than winner”Moonlight.”
However, the Emmy’s misstep represented a cautionary notice for Sunday’s series, which also is virtual due to the pandemic but has ambitious plans. Over a hundred cameras are being set up to nominees in the home and everywhere so winners may take their award in actual time.
Other winners Saturday comprised Eddie Murphy, whose return on”Saturday Night Live” after over three years earned the celebrity his first Emmy Award, including guest comedy series actor.
Maya Rudolph maintained the group’s guest actress trophy for her portrayal of Sen. Kamala Harristwo weeks later asserting a voice-over functionality Emmy for”Big Mouth.”
Cherry Jones won the guest play actress trophy for”Succession.”
Rudolph, also nominated in the comedy category for her guest role in”The fantastic location,” paid tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg following the telecast.
“When you consider a judge, once you consider all-knowing, once you think of strong, when you think about the good, yeah, we mimicked her robe after RBG, so that was rather cool,” Rudolph said.