Emmys 2019: Start time, how to watch or stream online and winner predictions
Will Game of Thrones win absolutely everything? The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight and cord cutters don't have to miss any of the action.
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The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles tonight, Sunday, Sept. 22 and will be broadcast in the US by Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Before we dive into all the nominees and predictions, let's cover how cord cutters can actually watch it.
Unfortunately, the Emmys won't be broadcast in the UK. You'll have to buy a
to watch via Fox or the other US streaming services. In Australia, the Emmys will be airing live on Fox8, or you can stream the show online with the Fox Now app or on Fox's Emmy page.
Thrones plays a big part in making HBO the network with the most nominations. This year HBO claims 137 noms for shows including pitch-black comedy Barry and cutting satire Veep, which also ended this year. The network brought us powerful one-off dramas Chernobyl and Sharp Objects, while you can currently catch up with the new season of Succession, a biting look at the luxurious lives of the super-rich that plays like Game of Thrones with helicopters and boardroom battles instead of dragons and sword fights.
Video has been nominated 47 times, including 20 for the streaming service's irrepressible original show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
also claims nominations for Fleabag and A Very English Scandal, which appeared on the BBC first.
Also note that the Emmys are following in the Oscars' footsteps by not having a host. It worked out for the Academy, so let's hope one of
biggest nights has a good one too.
Outstanding drama series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
It's got to be Thrones -- partly because it's likely most Emmy voters will have actually watched the show's entire eighth and final season, and partly because there may be some goodwill toward sending the massively influential show out with a bang. That's not to mention the hefty bundle of Emmys it bagged at the Creative Arts Emmys -- focused on technical achievement, which aside from one controversial episode, has been one of Thrones' best assets.
Outstanding comedy series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Veep is also heading out the door after its seventh and final season aired in May, but with so many worthy competitors in the category it has dominated for the last four years, it may have to step aside for the likes of the Bill Hader-starring Barry. The dark comedy's second season not only bettered the first, but it also turned heads with a surreal standout episode upping its credentials as something completely unique on TV.
Outstanding limited series
Escape at Dannemora
When They See Us
It's between Chernobyl and When They See Us for sure. But Ava DuVernay's miniseries might just pip the former with its unflinching, empathetic light shed on the case of the Central Park Five.
Outstanding television movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Deadwood: The Movie
My Dinner With Herve
Who didn't have a go at clicking through the different pathways in Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker's painstaking choose-your-own-adventure movie? But while Bandersnatch ticks the uniqueness box, the poignant vote would go to Deadwood: The Movie. Arriving 13 years after the TV show ended, with the majority of the original cast including Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, it would be some victory for the celebrated show.
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
She lost out last year to a gracious Claire Foy (The Crown), but this year's the one for Sandra Oh, the bumbling heart of everyone's favorite spy thriller, Killing Eve. It'll be historic too: If Oh wins, she'll be the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy in this category. This year's the one.
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Some would say they know who it won't be (sorry, Kit Harington). Sterling K. Brown would be a worthy winner, but in a tight category, the nod might go to Bob Odenkirk, who's been knocking on the door for some while now with his consistently excellent work in Better Call Saul.
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
While the entire world may not have seen Fleabag, which they absolutely should, Emmy voters in this category probably have. That gives us some hope that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will take home lead actress. Despite this being Julia Louis-Dreyfus' last chance to win with Veep, her six-year winning streak already seems like ample recognition.
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
After the success of season 2, Barry's Bill Hader is the clear frontrunner to secure his second lead actor Emmy in a row.
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Neither Michelle Williams nor Amy Adams have won an Emmy yet. It's a close race between the two worthy winners, but given Williams' transformation into real-life actress and dancer Gwen Verdon, she might have the edge.
Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
For his exceptional work in When They See Us, we're going to give this one to Jharrel Jerome. The actor portrays both the young and adult versions of Korey Wise, one of the Central Park Five.
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
We know it should be Lena Headey. But given Cersei had a disappointingly small amount to do in Game of Thrones' final season, there's the small chance Gwendoline Christie will mark a triumphant win for her role as Ser Brienne of Tarth, an influential and unconventional female warrior and role model.
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
In another Game of Thrones heavy segment, the odds are Peter Dinklage will cap off an impressive season for Tyrion's part (he survived, that's some feat in itself) and take home his fourth acting Emmy.
The Emmys for behind-the-scenes work
The Primetime Emmys take place Sunday, but Game of Thrones has already bagged a handful of awards thanks to the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this past weekend, which recognize the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Thrones claimed trophies for music, makeup, costumes, casting, editing, sound, visual effects, stunts and opening titles.
Amazon's 1960s-set Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fittingly won awards for its period costumes and hairstyles. It was also recognized for its cinematography and claimed both guest actor and guest actress awards in the comedy categories for Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch.
The Handmaid's Tale claimed both guest star awards for drama, while Fleabag, Game of Thrones, Queer Eye and When They See Us were recognized for their casting. Short online comedy State of the Union won Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd the best acting awards for a short-form show. Chernobyl, Free Solo and Queer Eye also won multiple awards.
HBO is leading with 25 Creative Arts wins, followed closely by Netflix with 23. The streaming service claimed awards for Queer Eye, Our Planet, Russian Doll, When They See Us, Bandersnatch, Glow, One Day at a Time, Springsteen on Broadway, The Ranch and sci-fi animation Love, Death and Robots.
One award Netflix missed out on was the Outstanding Variety Special award, despite having four out of five entries on the shortlist including Hannah Gadsby's Nanette and Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. That one went to James Corden's Carpool Karaoke special episode on CBS with Paul McCartney in Liverpool. (Editors' note: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)
Elsewhere, Apple won an Emmy for Carpool Karaoke: The Series. The Simpsons defied those who say the long-running show is on the decline with a win for an episode from the show's 30th season, while Star Trek: Discovery took home an award for its prosthetic make-up. Meanwhile, outside of the traditional TV world Oculus, Twitch and NASA were recognized for their work with interactive media.