Hazmat-clad trophy presenters were one of the more unique pandemic-era visuals of the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Throughout the evening, winners including Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy received golden statuettes from presenters wearing dapper hazmat suits, in an effort to abide by coronavirus safety protocols. Ramy Youssef shared perhaps one of the most humorous Emmy experiences of the night, posting a clip of a hazmat suit-wearing presenter waving from outside his home after he lost best lead actor for a comedy series to Schitt’s Creek‘s Levy.
“When you lose the emmy,” the Ramy actor tweeted.
when you lose the emmy pic.twitter.com/ECkbGcoHBA
— ramy youssef (@ramy) September 21, 2020
The hazmat suits were created and designed by costume designer Katja Cahill and executive producer Guy Carrington, who worked with a hazmat manufacturer to create them for the show.
The hazmat suits were one of many never-before-seen details for the live ceremony, which broke from the tradition of other 2020 award shows that were canceled or pretaped. Emceed from Los Angeles’ Staples Center by third-time-host Jimmy Kimmel, there was no red carpet, winners accepted their awards from home, and the telecast deployed more than 100 cameras to broadcast live with nominees stationed across the globe.
The 72nd Emmy Awards aired live on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.