The 71st Primetime Emmys ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, airing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. E.T. The show will be broadcast live on Fox from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The show is said to honor the best dramas, comedies, limited and variety series of the last year in television. which will not have a host for the fourth time in its history so as to allow the broadcast to better focus on the nominees and highlight those shows’ final seasons. Without a host, the Academy is expected to create a star-studded, entertaining group of presenters.
WHO WILL PRESENT THE AWARDS AT 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. Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas and Billy Porter (all nominees) will also present.
In addition to Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Peter Krause (9-1-1), Naomi Watts (The LoudestVoice) and Euphoria star Zendaya.
The following nominees are also slated to present awards on Sunday: Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Bill Hader (Barry), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Amy Poehler (Russian Doll and Duncanville), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag & Killing Eve).
Game of Thrones cast members to present include nominees Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Maisie Williams.
Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner will also present, in addition to Gwyneth Paltrow (The Politician), Maya Rudolph and Lilly Singh.
WHO IS LEADING THE CHARGE
HBO heads into the ceremony with the biggest advantage: a record-breaking 137 nominations for shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Chernobyl and Barry with Netflix close behind, having pocket up 117 nominations for its series, including Ozark, Dead to Me, House of Cards and Russian Doll.
Game of Thrones final season has broken the record for the most nominations for one series in a single season, with 32 nominations including Best Drama Series. It’s the fourth time Game of Thrones has led the pack in an Emmy’s broadcast. The show’s other chances at Emmy’s glory include Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, for Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series, respectively.
It’s not entirely about Game of Thrones at the Emmy’s, though. After dominating in the comedy categories at the 2018 Emmy’s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is close behind with 20 nominations, while Barry and the limited series Fosse/Verdon are tied with 17 nods each.
Amazon Primes Fleabag is another contender in many categories. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is nominated in Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the show, also earning a nod for writing one episode. Harry Bradbeer earned a directing nomination for the same episode, while Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford are both nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Fiona Shaw and Kristin Scott Thomas both received nominations for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
WHO IS LIKELY TO WIN
Game of Thrones looks likely to win the Drama Series award, which it won in 2018, 2016 and 2015, while Veep‘s final season is set to clinch the Comedy Series honor, which it previously won in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Just like the Oscars which are decided by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, members of the Television Academy vote on the Emmy’s. “The Academy has over 25,000 members, divided into 30 peer groups of specialized fields,” the Television Academy’s website says. Within each specialized field or group, members vote on the awards pertaining to their own peers.
Voters have until Aug. 29 to make their picks for the 2019 awards.