As vigils honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who died on Friday, continued throughout the United States on Sunday, television stars gathered virtually for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, one of the first major awards shows to take place during the pandemic.

The loss wasn’t explicitly mentioned until over an hour into the show, when Regina King said, “Rest in power, R.B.G.,” while accepting her acting Emmy for “Watchmen” and wearing a shirt bearing Breonna Taylor’s likeness. But calls to vote were plentiful — perhaps not surprisingly, with the battle to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg already in full swing in Washington.

More surprising, perhaps, was how some winners and presenters stressed the more practical aspects of voting. As James Poniewozik, the chief television critic for The New York Times, put it on Sunday night: “It’s not super unusual for recipients to make political statements at awards shows. But I’m struck by how many are emphasizing how to vote — as in logistically — which honestly is a political statement in itself in this election.”

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