The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was broadcast on Sunday night. While all the categories Star Trek was nominated for this year were handed out earlier in the week at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (with one win), a couple of Star Trek legends were remembered during Sunday’s “In Memoriam” segment, which remembers noteworthy figures in television who have passed away in the last year.
Remembering D.C. and René
Actor René Auberjonois had a career spanning decades beginning in the 1960s, including five seasons on Boston Legal alongside William Shatner. Auberjonois’ accolades include two Emmy nominations and a Tony Award. He passed away in December 2019 at the age of 79. He may be best known for his role for seven seasons as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the Emmys In Memorium segment showed the actor alongside the iconic station.
Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana began her career as an assistant to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who recognized her talent quickly. She soon began writing on a number of series, and became one of the driving creative forces for the original Star Trek. Roddenberry brought her back to the franchise to help develop Star Trek: The Next Generation two decades later, for which she won a Hugo Award. She also won a number of WGA Awards and was inducted into the Screenwriting Hall of Fame. She passed away in December 2019 at the age of 80. The Television Academy remembered Fontana in 2020 montage, with her image projected onto the USS Enterprise-D.
You can watch the entire In Memoriam segment from the 2020 Emmys below.
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