Before the Emmy winners are announced tonight and they grasp their shiny trophy on stage in front of millions, each one of those statuettes began as a pool of pure virgin metal, liquified at 370C. That's hot.
While it's not necessarily surprising that these 15-inch, almost seven-pound ladies aren't just coming off some random assembly line, it's still pretty incredible to see just how much their perfection relies on a series of steady human touches.
From the ladling of the virgin metal from furnace to mould, to carefully removing the excess bits and material once those have solidified, to the polishing, soldering, and affixing that iconic "neutron ball," it's all a result of people skills and equipment that dates back almost eight decades.
Before she gets her 24-karat goooold outer layer, Emmy's electro-plated with zinc, copper, and pure silver.
Fun fact: Nameplates for all the nominees are etched out, because no one knows for certain whose name will be called when the envelope is opened. Moan about who got robbed all you want, but regardless of who takes it home, these things are absolute beauts.