71st Primetime Emmy Awards

You may often spend more time streaming content than you'd like to admit but with so many hours of television available, we’re all just playing catch up. So, here’s everything you need to know before watching the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards 2019.
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The Emmy Awards are an annual award show celebrating the best of US primetime television. The winners are decided by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will be held at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on the night of 22nd September 2019 (for those of us on the other side of the world, that would be an early morning of the 23rd) and will be aired on television/streamed online live. 

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The first part of the event, which is the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, took place on 14-15th September 2019 and the results of that are already creating buzz (and controversies). With the conclusion of this event, the leader board so far stands with (surprise surprise!) Game of Thrones at the top with 10 awards already, followed by Chernobyl and Free Solo with 7 each. 

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Other notable wins from the weekend include (but not limited to): The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Queer Eye, Saturday Night Live, Fleabag, Russian Doll and The Handmaid’s Tale. 

The Simpsons won its 11th Emmy, after 11 years (coincidence?), for its episode “Mad About the Toy” under the category of Outstanding Animated Program beating out shows like BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth and Bob’s Burgers. Surprisingly, James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke beat out Queen Bey’s (Beyoncé) Homecoming, a documentary of her Coachella performance, for Outstanding Variety Special. Her cameraman, Ben Hagerty, even took to Twitter to reveal behind the scenes of the technical aspects that went into filming the Netflix documentary. 

HBO heads into its latest Emmy ceremony with the biggest advantage: a record-breaking 137 nominations for shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Chernobyl and Barry. Netflix is not very far behind with its rack of 117 nominations for its series, including Ozark, Dead to Me, House of Cards and Russian Doll.

The Strong Contenders

Over the course of Emmy’s many winning streaks have been established and many broken. One such streak is of the Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As per the Hollywood reporter, she has earned the Leading Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy award for six consecutive years of Veep and she’s poised to win a seventh, which would make her the actress with the most overall acting wins (beating Cloris Leachman). This year she faces stiff competition from Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel ‘s Rachel Brosnahan.

Game of Thrones is likely to win the Drama Series award, which it won in 2018, 2016 and 2015, while Veep ‘s final season is all set to clinch the award in the Comedy Series category. A category in which it previously won in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

A ceremony with no hosts

Since its first broadcast in 2003, the71st Prime Time Emmy awards will hit screens without a host. Instead of one person yapping all the time in the ceremony, an interesting set of presenters including nominees will add magic to the event. The first group of presenters was announced on Sept. 11 and included late-night talk show hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers, all Emmy nominees at this year’s ceremony. 

Apart from the nominees' icons like Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner will also present, in addition to Gwyneth Paltrow (The Politician), Maya Rudolph and Lilly Singh.

The Red carpet
If you have the tendency to go gaga over glamour during these awards, there will be a Red-Carpet Pre-Show event you must watch out for. It will air just before the ceremony and you’ll get to see all your favourite characters in normal people clothes (well, normal here is designer gowns, fancy tuxedos and killer accessories and much more). The red carpet for the Emmy’s is nothing less than a runway. You may also see your favourite TV stars brag in a different accent altogether during red carpet interactions, which is amusing yet impressive at the same time.

Only so much is known about the event so we’ll have to wait till Sunday to see the things unveil but one thing you can look forward to is the opening song which is usually filled with political satire, a bunch of references to the biggest television moments and so much more. There really is no predictable pattern to these sequences maybe that is why it never ceases to amaze!

Don’t forget to get glued to your Television or mobile or laptop screens not to watch your favourite shows but to see how well have they done at the Emmys.

Happy viewing!

- Written by Vidhi Gupta
- Edited by Maitreyi Mehndiratta 

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