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Animator and director reveals his Emmy Award cost him $600


Animator and director Giancarlo Volpe reveals his Emmy Award cost him $600 (Picture: AFP)

Animator and comic creator Giancarlo Volpe has revealed he had to pay $600 (£468) to get his hands on his Emmy Award.

Turns out, only one award is supplied by the TV academy and so when anyone else involved in the win wants to get their hands on their own trophy, they have to cough up the pricey total to do so.

Giancarlo, who has worked on Disney’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and the animated series of Green Lantern, won an Emmy this year for his work on The Dragon Prince.

The children’s Netflix series picked up the award for outstanding children’s animated program at the 2020 ceremony, earlier this month.

Taking to Twitter, Giancarlo said he was tempted to cut up his Emmy and hand it out to the rest of the team working on The Dragon Prince – just like Parasite director Bong Joon-ho had wanted to do with his Academy Award.

Although, he joked his Emmy’s $600 price tag was stopping him from hacking it into multiple pieces.

After his Emmy was finally delivered to his home, Giancarlo tweeted: ‘I understand why Boo Wong Ho said he wanted to take a chainsaw to his Oscar.

‘I should chop this up & share it with my friends at Bardel & Wonderstorm who helped make The Dragon Prince a reality. This award belongs to you all. But in the end I’ll keep it because it cost me $600.’

Realising he had got Joon-ho’s name wrong, he quickly added: ‘Yikes! I meant Bong Joon-ho, not sure how I screwed that up. Sorry!!’

Giancarlo shared pictures of his prized possession and when one fan commented to say the didn’t realise people had to pay for their Emmy Awards, he replied: ‘Yes!! They send one to each production but all the other winners have to buy their own trophy??’

Who knew.

This year’s Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles and took on a slightly different set up due to the coronavirus pandemic, that saw the ceremony go virtual.

Jimmy Kimmel had hosted the awards show from an empty Staples Centre and while he was briefly joined by Jennifer Aniston on stage – all while keeping socially distant, of course – many of the celebrity nominees appeared via video link.

Big winners on the night included Mark Ruffalo, Regina King, Jeremy Strong and Zendaya, who made history as she became the youngest ever actress to win the lead actress in a drama series award for her role in Euphoria.

Schitt’s Creek was the reigning show of the night, as the comedy series swept the board with seven wins, including the gong for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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