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The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 22A August 2020

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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3 min.
how to enjoy emmys from home

It’s rare when two “once-in-a-lifetime” events occur in your life: Finding out you’ve been nominated for an Emmy and living in the middle of a pandemic. When it rains, it pours COVID-19. Your classic “yin-yang” scenario. Not gonna lie, it would’ve been great to attend the show in person: put on a classic blue tuxedo, walk the red carpet, pretend not to be disappointed if I lost my category, go and get suuuuuuper hammered at the Governors Ball where I’d ask Jason Bateman a ton of questions about Ozark, stop at Fatburger on the way home, pass out and then have my kids wake me up at 6 a.m. the next day and ask if I met anybody from That’s So Raven. That would’ve been amazing. However, since there is…

2 min.
variety talk’s five-horse race

The Daily Show (Comedy Central) The only nominated show hosted by a person of color, who’s also the youngest of the group at 36, offered an important perspective in a year of racial tensions in America, and actually expanded from 30 to 45 minutes during the pandemic (pitting its last 15 minutes against the 11:35 p.m. big guns). Its third straight nom in this category was one of a series-high five overall, others including directing and writing. In the five years in which it’s has been eligible, it has yet to win a single Emmy. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS) This basic cabler, despite facing formidable competition from within her own network (Conan) in a year in which this category’s size contracted from six to five slots, returns to this competition for a…

5 min.
first time’s the charm

“Someone sent me an interview asking Brad Pitt what he was really liking on TV and he said he loved our show. That was cool because that’s the kind of thing you can send to your mom. Because there’s a lot of stuff that happens and it’s dope, but it’s not on, like, mom awareness level.”RAMY YOUSSEF Have you heard from any fellow actors or Hollywood notables about your work who surprised you? “I got an amazing, amazing email from Hugh Jackman a few weeks back, which blew my mind. Then, a couple of weeks later, we are nominated in the same category. Crazy!”PAUL MESCAL“I met Big Sean and he mentioned he was a fan of the work on the show. I thought that was dope.”YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II“Some of my friends from…

4 min.
letters to my younger self

Brian Cox Succession (HBO) “I was given a lot of advice when I was young, and I didn’t always take it. When you’re young, you’re so bloody arrogant and full of bullshit. Something my mother told me was, ‘What’s for you will not go by you’ — in Scottish, it’s, ‘Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye.’ If it’s meant, it’s meant. A lot of times in our young lives, we try to circumvent the obvious. I had my fair share of rejection as a fledgling actor, but as I got older, all those things have worked out. The advice I’d give to a young actor is: Immediate success is such a trap. Look at yourself and your career. Where do you want to be when you’re 70? Do you think you’ll…

4 min.
the tragedy and comedy of masculinity in crisis

The recession of 2008 helped popularize the somewhat silly and context-free term “mancession,” which suggested that the brunt of the crisis’ job losses were felt by men. Whether or not it was a true economic shift or just a temporary anomaly, the collective freak-out about the mancession and its impact on masculine identity made its way into a bunch of schlocky broadcast sitcoms — ABC’s Last Man Standing succeeded, while Man Up!, Work It and a half dozen others did not — that are more frequently remembered as punch lines than for their punch lines, especially given that they all arrived on TV well after the mancession, if it ever existed at all, was statistically over. As we approach the 72nd Emmy Awards, we find ourselves in another real-world recession, one that…

8 min.
guesting, but ‘not faking it in any way’

MARTIN SHORT THE MORNING SHOW Apple TV+ When The Morning Show’s Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired from his post as a daytime morning show anchor because of workplace harassment, he turns to an old friend to commiserate: Dick Lundy, a film director who recently experienced his own professional reckoning for his sexual misconduct. Playing Lundy is Martin Short, who tells THR that he eagerly accepted the role after reading the “unusually good” scripts for the Apple TV+ show. Lundy fits in with the antagonistic rascals Short has played throughout his career. The actor admits he’s drawn to flawed characters — especially when those flaws hint at an absurd personality. “Dick Lundy believes he was part of a movement that he didn’t deserve to be a part of, and is therefore a victim,” Short…