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Andrew Cuomo is getting an Emmy for his coronavirus briefings

The last thing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) needed was another boost to his ego. And yet that's just what "America's governor" received on Friday.

The man who led New York up and back down the coronavirus mountain will receive an International Emmy Founders Award later this month. He'll be recognized for his "leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic" and "his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world," the International Emmys announced. "The governor's 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure," International Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner said in a press release.

Cuomo's daily press conferences became necessary viewing material during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. His PowerPoints endeared him to some New Yorkers — and a lot of out-of-staters, and his stories of lockdown family woes inspired parody usually reserved for the president. All of that attention seemingly then pushed Cuomo to write a book about how he handled the pandemic, despite the fact that it's now worse than ever before.