Emmys gaffe names Jason Bateman winner of Ron Cephas Jones’ award

The 2020 Emmys had its own version of the Oscars wrong-winner gaffe Saturday night — with Jason Bateman wrongly named for an award won by “This Is Us” guest star Ron Cephas Jones.

In a voice-over announcement during the online creative arts Emmys — a precursor to Sunday’s main ceremony — Bateman was declared the winner for his guest appearance on HBO’s “The Outsider,” while the screen correctly displayed Jones’ name.

Confused viewers on FXX then had to wait until after a commercial break for an on-screen message that read, “Our apologies, an incorrect winner has been announced. We’re fixing it now.”

Jones’ name was again displayed — without an announcement — with the Television Academy also tweeting confirmation that he was the victor. There was no immediate explanation for the mistake.

Given the virtual event’s lack of on-stage presenters and a theater audience, the error was far less dramatic than the 2017 Oscars mix-up, in which Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the best picture instead of winner “Moonlight.”

Jones was good-natured about the mistake when he fielded questions virtually afterward — and focused instead on how he and his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, made Emmy history as the first father and daughter to win in the same year.

“My heart just explodes when I think about her and watch her and the success that she’s had,” he said of his daughter, whose short-form series acting trophy came earlier this week for Quibi’s “#FreeRayshawn.”

Bateman on Sunday will have another shot to get his name read out — this time for real — as he competes for the best actor honors for “Ozark.”

Ron Cephas Jones
Ron Cephas JonesGetty Images

Saturday’s online creative arts Emmys was the precursor to Sunday’s main ceremony and the culmination of a week of events honoring technical and other achievements.

Other winners Saturday included Eddie Murphy, whose return to “Saturday Night Live” after more than three decades earned the star his first Emmy Award, for guest comedy series actor.

Maya Rudolph claimed the category’s guest actress trophy for her portrayal of Sen. Kamala Harris, two days after claiming a voice-over performance Emmy for “Big Mouth.”

Cherry Jones won the guest drama actress trophy for “Succession.”

Rudolph, also nominated in the comedy category for her guest role on “The Good Place,” paid tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg after the telecast.

The robe worn by Rudolph’s judge character was modeled on that of the Supreme Court associate justice, who died Friday.

“When you think of a judge, when you think of all-knowing, when you think of powerful, when you think of all good, yeah, we modeled her robe after RBG, so that was pretty cool,” Rudolph said.

With Post wires



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