PHOTOS| Emmys 2020 amid coronavirus: Social distancing, cardboard celebrities and virtual speeches

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts of A-listers, as Hollywood's first major Covid-era awards show began. "Hello and welcome to the pand-Emmys," said Kimmel, as producers cut to archive footage of a star-studded audience, before revealing the venue's empty seats. Nominees for the 72nd Emmys -- television's version of the Oscars -- are beaming in remotely from their homes via video call, as Los Angeles is still under tough coronavirus-related restrictions.

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In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks on stage in front of empty seats during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks on stage in front of empty seats during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

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Jennifer Aniston, left, and Jimmy Kimmel sanitize the winner's envelope while presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Jennifer Aniston, left, and Jimmy Kimmel sanitize the winner's envelope while presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Catherine O'Hara accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Schitt's Creek" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Catherine O'Hara accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Schitt's Creek" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Jason Bateman appears in the audience surrounded by cardboard cutouts during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Jason Bateman appears in the audience surrounded by cardboard cutouts during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Jennifer Aniston presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Jennifer Aniston presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Host Jimmy Kimmel appears with a screen filled with nominees during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Host Jimmy Kimmel appears with a screen filled with nominees during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Actress Traces Ellis Ross looks out from her limousine window after receiving a coronavirus test upon her arrival at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards at Staples Center, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Actress Traces Ellis Ross looks out from her limousine window after receiving a coronavirus test upon her arrival at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards at Staples Center, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Tracee Ellis Ross present the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Tracee Ellis Ross present the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Randall Park, with Isabella the Alpaca, presents the award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Randall Park, with Isabella the Alpaca, presents the award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Jason Sudeikis, right, gets a Covid-19 test as he presents the award for outstanding comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Jason Sudeikis, right, gets a Covid-19 test as he presents the award for outstanding comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Zendaya speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

Zendaya speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast on Sept. 20, 2020. (AP)

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Mark Ruffalo accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for "I Know this Much is True" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. Looking on at left is Ruffalo's wife Sunrise Coigney. (AP)

Mark Ruffalo accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for "I Know this Much is True" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. Looking on at left is Ruffalo's wife Sunrise Coigney. (AP)

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Regina King accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

Regina King accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie for "Watchmen" during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

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Reese Witherspoon, left, and Kerry Washington, right, speak during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Kerry Washington, right, speak during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (AP)

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