It is the question that seems to be on everyone’s tongue: Who will host the 2019 Emmy Awards?
Following the controversy surrounding Kevin Hart at the 2019 Oscar Awards, the hotly-anticipated event went hostless for the first time in 30 years. The decision albeit controversial, proved to be favoured as the slipping ratings of the television event was said to have increased by 12 percent. Was it simply because the public were curious to see the execution or was the absence of lame jokes and incorrect announcements from years gone by made it worth watching?
Overnight, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for this years Primetime Emmy Awards. Amidst 32 nominations for Game of Thrones, 18 for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and 16 nominations for Netflix series When They See Us, the question remained over a host.
Speaking to Deadline, CEO Frank Scherma and 2019 Emmy show producers Don Mischer and Ian Stewart all confirmed that no decision on a host has been made as of yet. But according to Mischer, the awards ceremony has gone hostless in the past and went off without a hitch.
“On the host front, let me just say this: This is like the starting line today,” he told the publication. “We now have nine weeks to put this together… Now we can do that with a host, and we can do it without a host. We’ve done it both ways. … We’re not feeling pressure about a host…”
Could this be a new trend as we near the next awards season?
While the likes of HBO, Netflix and NBC are all frontrunners for the Emmy trophy, there were plenty of snubs – most of them, confusing. George Clooney missed out on a nomination for his entertainingly wild role in Catch-22, while the Golden Globe winner for Best Drama Actor Richard Madden was evidently and spectacularly snubbed for his lead role in The Bodyguard. Elsewhere, other A-listers including Julia Roberts and Emma Stone also missed out on a nomination.
So if these announcements are anything to go by, the 2019 Emmy Awards are going to be full of head spinning twists. For the full list of nominations, visit the website here.
Stay tuned for more.