The biggest stars in television will gather Sunday for the 71st annual Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Here’s what you need to know about TV’s celebratory night.
How to Watch
The ceremony will be broadcast on Fox, airing live on both coasts, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Fox will air 90 minutes of preshow coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Masked Singer panelist Jenny McCarthy, Shannon Sharpe of Fox Sports and Kelly Osbourne will serve as hosts for the red carpet coverage, which will consist of a half-hour preshow and an arrivals special at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. They will conduct celebrity interviews and offer fashion critiques. A preview from season two of The Masked Singer is also slated for the preshow. YouTube TV will also offer cable-free live TV with over 70 networks, including FOX for the 71st Emmy Awards.
The Television Academy will also present Backstage Live during the awards broadcast. The behind-the-scenes look at the winners will stream on Emmys.com, Fox.com and Facebook Live.
For the fourth year in a row, the Television Academy has joined forces with IMDB to produce the official 71st Emmy Awards online post-show, IMDb LIVE After the Emmys Presented by CBS All Access. IMDb will report live at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM and be simulcast on IMDb, Amazon.com, Amazon Live, Twitch, and Twitter.
Following the lead of last year’s Oscars, this year’s Emmys will carry on without a host.
Who to Watch
Presenters for the ceremony include: nominees Angela Bassett, Stephen Colbert, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Billy Porter; the Emmy-nominated actors from HBO’s Game of Thrones, including Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Maisie Williams; Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard; 911‘s Peter Krause, Zendaya and Naomi Watts; the cast of Veep, which will reunite following the HBO show’s final season, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Clea Duvall, Sam Richardson, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sarah Sutherland and Matt Walsh; nominees Anthony Anderson, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, RuPaul, Ben Stiller and Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Ike Barinholtz, Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Gwyneth Paltrow, Maya Rudolph and Lilly Singh. Additionally, Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner will also present at the awards show.
Game of Thrones leads this year’s Emmys race with 32 nominations (setting the record for the most mentions for a show in a single year) followed by Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (with 20 noms) and HBO’s Chernobyl (19). Other shows scoring multiple Emmy noms include NBC’s Saturday Night Live (18), HBO’s Barry and FX’s Fosse/Verdon (17 apiece) and Netflix’s When They See Us (16).
In addition to being nominated for best drama series, a category it has won four times previously, Game of Thrones also landed acting Emmy noms for Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie and guest star Carice van Houten.
Meanwhile, in the night’s big categories, the shows competing for best comedy series include Barry, Fleabag, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Russian Doll, Schitt’s Creek and Veep.
Among the nominee rankings by network and streaming services, Netflix is second with 117 Emmy noms after topping HBO last year. NBC is third with 58, followed by Amazon with 47.
This year also has a slew of record-breaking nominees. Game of Thrones and Veep both concluded their series and have now joined an elite category of television shows nominated for every single season of their runs. Other elite nominees include Ted Danson (who extended his record of most nominations for leading actor in a comedy series from 12 to 13 this year); Peter Dinklage (who has received eight best supporting actor nominations for his Thrones role and extended his record for most noms for a single performer in a drama, male or female); Norman Lear (the oldest nominee ever); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who received her seventh Emmy nomination for playing Selina Meyers on Veep; if she wins, she will break the record for most overall acting nods, topping Cloris Leachman’s record, with whom she is currently tied); Billy Porter (the Pose star marks the first openly gay black man to be nominated in the category); and NBC’s This Is Us (the only best drama series nominee from a broadcast network).
Parties, Parties and More Parties
In addition to the glam and coverage inside the Microsoft Theater, a myriad of gatherings will take place after the show to have the stars mingle and commemorate the night’s biggest wins. The Hollywood Reporter breaks down a complete party guide thrown by the studios and networks. Be sure to visit THR.com on Sunday night for the latest winners and news from inside (and outside) the Microsoft Theater.