Bill Hader appears to be the only actor at the Emmys wearing a mask

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Bill Hader and Henry Winkler attend the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022.

Bill Hader and Henry Winkler attend the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022.

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The 2022 Emmys is one of the first award shows in the pandemic era where precautions aren't front of mind.

Although the virus is still very much out there, case numbers are down throughout the country and many people have changed their stance on mask etiquette. Last year at the Emmys, Seth Rogen riffed on the risks of gathering in close proximity. This year, there appeared to be only one actor in attendance still sticking to a strict COVID stance.

"Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader, who was nominated for four awards tonight for "Barry" — plus his guest spot on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" — appeared at the Emmys wearing what appeared to be a black N95 mask. Although it can't be confirmed that he was the only masked nominee, he certainly appeared to be the most notable, with Twitter exploding over his precautionary measures.

At time of publication, Hader had yet to go home with an Emmy, losing out in the best writing for a comedy series category to Quinta Brunson ("Abbott Elementary") and to Nathan Lane ("Only Murders in the Building") for guest actor in a comedy series. However, his chances are good to take home at least one award, given the nine Emmys "Barry" won in its first two seasons. The show's third season received 14 nominations this year.