The 2020 Emmy Nominations Are A Win For Inclusivity, But Is It Enough?

Another year, another debate.

The 2020 Emmy nominations are in and, as you can probably expect, the Internet is freaking out.

We spoke about the nominees on today’s episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness got a nomination for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series, Jennifer Lopez And Shakira got nominations for their captivating efforts at this year’s Super Bowl and Quibi, despite being a disaster, was able to rack up 10 nominations. What utter chaos.

Let’s get into the nominees….

Outstanding Drama Series

This category saw the nominees: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, Stranger Things and Succession. The biggest surprise? The Mandalorian. The biggest snub? The Morning Show! Apple TV’s staple show has heaps of nominations in acting categories but was, for some reason, subbed in the main one.

Outstanding Comedy Series

This category saw the nominees: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead To Me, The Good Place, Insecure, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Schitt’s Creek and What We Do In The Shadows. The biggest surprise? Insecure. Biggest snub? Never Have I Ever. Mindy Kaling’s incredibly relatable Nexflix series was sadly forgotten this year…

We spoke about the latest in entertainment on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Outstanding Limited Series

This category saw the nominees: Little Fires Everywhere, Mrs America, Unbelievable, Unorthodox and Watchmen. The biggest surprise? Mrs America. The biggest snub? Hollywood. Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood was absolutely groundbreaking and definitely deserved a mention. It’s not all sad though, as some of the actors from that show have been individually nominated.

Outstanding Television Movie

This category saw the nominees: American Son, Bad Education, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. Biggest surprise? Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones! No snubs here, they did good with this one.

But, perhaps more notably than all of this, was the Television Academy’s record number of Black actors in the full nominations list. The 2020 Emmy nominations mark a new high for people of colour in the entertainment industry, with 34.3% of the acting nominees going to Black people.

To put that into context, there are 102 acting nominations in total (including lead, supporting and guest categories in all of the genres). 35 of these nominations went to Black people including Billy Porter for his work in Pose, Zendaya for her work in Euphoria and Tracee Ellis Ross for her role in black-ish. All of whom, deserve to win (side note).

Not to mention, Maya Rudolph was nominated for two slots the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series category, for her role as the Judge in The Good Place and her improv skills on Saturday Night Live. We stan a queen who must compete against herself. 

In addition to these aforementioned actors and actresses, Sterling K. Brown, Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Issa Rae, Regina King, Jeremy Pope, Octavia Spencer and Kerry Washington were all nominated for their work in a drama, comedy or limited series/TV movie.

It should be noted that this is a sizable increase from last year, as the numbers in 2019 showed Black people only making up 19.8% of the nominations. But, we simply have to ask ourselves, is this enough? 

In 2018, Black actors in the nominee pool made up 27.7%, which was even higher than last years. While we may have reached a peak now, it is worrying that the Emmys are not on an upward trend. We’re hoping that the Internet’s celebration of the number of people of colour in the nomination pool is noticed and thus is reinforced in the years following because really, we’re not even close to that 50% mark.

Frank Scherma, the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said: “2020 isn’t just about the global health crisis. This year we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history, and it is our duty to use this medium for change. That is the power and responsibility of television — not only delivering a multitude of services or a little escapism but also amplifying the voices that must be heard and telling the stories that must be told. Because television, by its very nature, connects us all.”

We couldn’t agree more, so we suggest that Scherma keep this up in the years to come because we’ll be eagerly anticipating more people of colour.

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Turns Out One Of Australia's New 'Karens' Is An Ordained Pagan Exorcist

She's a 'witch in the city'.

A Karen from Bunnings that is also an ordained pagan exorcist? Sounds about right. 

In case you missed it, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that face masks are mandatory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, due to the high rise in COVID-19 cases and failure to wear a mask would incur a fine. 

We spoke about the importance of wearing face-masks on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Well, following this announcement, we’ve seen Karens pop up in many a public place to try and assert their “right” not to wear a mask. Honestly, we wish we were making this stuff up. 

We’ve seen two videos go viral in the past few days that showcase Karens popping off in separate Bunnings stores. The first viral video depicted a disagreement between a mask hater and a staff member from the Narre Warren Bunnings and the second video depicts a woman named Lizzy Rose refusing to wear a mask in Maribyrnong Bunnings. 

After Lizzy Rose’s selfie video went viral, she was brought onto The Today Show for one of the most awkward interviews we have ever seen. “This is about your control, your compliance, it’s about silencing you… It is about choice. If you want a mask that is up to you.” Rose said during the interview before claiming that the COVID-19 statistics were incorrect.

This chat was so bad, even Karl Stefanovic had to wrap up the interview early because he couldn’t listen to her “weird whacko beliefs” any more. If that was the case, they probably could have cut her off before five whole minutes, but whatever, we digress.

After doing a little digging, we’ve uncovered some background information about Lizzy Rose that explains a lot about her unconventional approach to COVID-19. As it turns out, she’s an ordained pagan exorcist who also happens to be a “witch in the city.” No, we’re not joking. Those are her words, not ours.

According to a pilot pitch found on YouTube, Lizzy Rose has “had a lot of experience working with the media, with exposure, on Australia and U.S. television, radio, magazines and digital media.” Sounds about right. 

Hear the Chasers discuss the new ‘Karendemic’ below:

The Bunnings Karen said, “I’ve also been lucky enough to have worked with a number of high-profile celebrities who have encouraged me to take my work to a wider audience. And then, there’s all the amazing, awe-inspiring and fascinating things that I experience in a day-to-day basis when I work.” Well, we guess an awkward interview on The Today Show is classified as fascinating nowadays.

You can check out the pilot pitch here, where she dives into the art of exorcism. Honestly, if you have a spare 8 minutes, this will be the best thing you’ll see today. 

Also, if you’re keen to see more Lizzy Rose content, make sure you check out her iconic acting reel and a chaotic trailer for the aforementioned reality show.

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Did Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner Reference ‘Game Of Thrones’ In Their Baby’s Name?

Game of Thronas.

It’s not uncommon for celebrities to give their child a cooked name, so really, we should be stoked at Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s choice. 

After keeping on the low down for months, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have finally welcomed their baby girl into the world last week. According to reports, this celebrity couple had their baby on Wednesday, July 22, in Los Angeles, California. Congrats! Hear all about it below:

According to TMZ, the newest addition to the Jonas family is named Willa. Now, while this name does have its origins in Old German culture (in that it translates to “will-helmet” or “resolute protection”), we think there’s something else Game of Thrones-related going on here. 

As you know, Sophie Turner was introduced to the world through her role in Game of Thrones, where she played Sansa Stark, the oldest daughter of her family and the true Queen in the North (okay, pop off). And we have a gut feeling that the name ‘Willa’ is a sneaky reference to this fantasy world of Westeros. 

If you can’t remember, Willa is a actually a character who appears on the HBO show. Sure, she wasn’t the most memorable side character, so we’ll allow it if you can’t remember who she was. Having said that, Willa was introduced on the eighth season of Game of Thrones as a servant in the Starks’ ancestral seat at Winterfell. Also, she was the one who comforted Tormund the Wildling before the epic Battle of Winterfell. Okay, now we’re jogging your memory. 

Ultimately, we reckon Willa is a cute name and we love the idea of referencing moments in your past to embrace the future. But now, we’re just waiting for Willa to get a sibling called ‘Camp Rock Jonas’ or ‘What A Man Gotta Do Jonas.’ Both sound like good options to us. 

The birth of their first child together comes after Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner got married twice last year. They first got married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel, then again in a star-studded ceremony in Paris. Ah, how the other half live. 

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are ultimately keeping their newborn baby on the down-low as much as possible and we love that for them. And if you have a problem with the name Willa, we kindly suggest you be thankful that they didn’t call their kid “Covid” or “Corona” like this couple… Yikes. 

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