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Emmy Awards 2019: Here are 5 things to watch out for

The 71st Emmy Awards are set to be held in Los Angeles on Monday. Game of Thrones is expected to tie the record for most best drama series wins (four) with the likes of Mad Men and The West Wing.

tv Updated: Sep 21, 2019 13:58 IST
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An Emmy statue on the stage at the 71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball press preview at LA Live in Los Angeles, California.
An Emmy statue on the stage at the 71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball press preview at LA Live in Los Angeles, California.(AFP)
         

Television’s glitzy big night out is upon us -- the 71st Emmy Awards kick off Monday in Los Angeles. A little show called Game of Thrones looks set to dominate the proceedings one last time. But there is more to television’s Oscars than the blood-spattered fight for the Iron Throne.

Here are five things to look out for:

No host, many stars

The Oscars went without a host in January -- and the streamlined ceremony got a 12 percent bump in total number of viewers. So few in Hollywood were surprised when the Emmys followed suit. The lack of a host means the focus will turn to the starry lineup of A-list presenters, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Michael Douglas, Naomi Watts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus... and the Kardashian clan.

All 10 Game of Thrones acting nominees will also take the stage.

This image released by BBC America shows Sandra Oh in a scene from Killing Eve: Oh is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.
This image released by BBC America shows Sandra Oh in a scene from Killing Eve: Oh is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. ( AP )

Can Oh make history?

Last year, Killing Eve star Sandra Oh became the first woman of Asian descent nominated for best lead actress in a drama series. At the ceremony, during a skit mocking claims Hollywood had “solved” its diversity issue, Oh quipped: “Thank you, but it’s an honor just to be Asian” -- a catchphrase that quickly adorned fans’ T-shirts.

This Sunday, Oh -- the daughter of Koreans who emigrated to Canada -- can go one better and secure a first win. Her main competition? Co-star Jodie Comer, the show’s eccentric but ruthless assassin.

Golden farewells

Jon Hamm famously did not win an Emmy until the very last season of Mad Men, when his performance as suave ad executive Don Draper was finally rewarded. With Game of Thrones and Veep both bowing out, will Television Academy voters again see this as their final chance to right historic wrongs?

For all its Emmy success, only one Game of Thrones performer -- Peter Dinklage -- has ever won an acting statuette. This year, a whole host are in the race, including leads Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington.

This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from the final episode of Game of Thrones.
This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from the final episode of Game of Thrones. ( AP )

While Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) is certainly no stranger to Emmys glory, she may need the sentimental vote to edge out Fleabag rising star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Old (HBO) v new (Netflix)

In the emerging battle of traditional networks vs new platforms, HBO and Netflix ended in a dead heat at the top last year -- at 23 Emmys each. That duel is renewed Sunday. Long-dominant HBO has the advantage -- it secured more nominations this year, and bagged more wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, where technical and minor category prizes are announced early.

Can When They See Us and Ozark help Netflix close the gap? With new streaming giants Disney+, Apple TV+, NBC’s Peacock and indeed HBO Max about to enter the market, a historic win for Netflix would be timely.

Also read: Radhika Apte on her International Emmy Awards nomination: ‘Feels good when your efforts get recognised, appreciated’

This image released by HBO shows Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene from Veep. The program is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series. Louis-Dreyfus is also nominated for best actress in a comedy series. (HBO via AP)
This image released by HBO shows Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene from Veep. The program is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series. Louis-Dreyfus is also nominated for best actress in a comedy series. (HBO via AP) ( AP )

Tumbling records

The 2019 Emmys could see a number of records broken. Louis-Dreyfus would claim the standalone all-time acting record with a ninth win -- the Veep star is currently tied with US television legend Cloris Leachman (Phyllis.)

Game of Thrones can tie the record for most best drama series wins (four) with the likes of Mad Men and The West Wing. It needs three wins on the night to break its own record for Emmys in a single season (12). John Adams, the 2008 limited series, holds the all-program record for a single year with 13.

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First Published: Sep 21, 2019 12:20 IST

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