Ava DuVernay is here with the Central Park Five and her Netflix drama, When They See Us, about the injustices they faced is set to be one of the night’s big winners:
Because there are roughly 13,000 awards to give out, earlier this month the Creative Arts Emmys took place to ensure that tonight’s ceremony isn’t three days long. Here are some of the major winners (it was a good night for Game of Thrones which could be a good sign of how things work out later):
Outstanding guest actress in a drama: Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Outstanding guest actor in a comedy: Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel)
Outstanding special visual effects: Game of Thrones
Outstanding guest actor in a drama: Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Outstanding guest actress in a comedy: Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel)
Outstanding original main title theme music: Succession
Outstanding structured reality program: Queer Eye
Outstanding documentary: Leaving Neverland
Outstanding host for a reality program: RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
So word is that the red carpet is aggressively humid today thanks to a particularly scorching LA day which has led to big industrial hanging fans, water on hand and a touch-up station for celebrities to ensure they’re looking as unsweaty as possible. The girls from Go Fug Yourself are already prepping for some underarm embarrassment:
Laverne Cox has arrived with ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio to highlight the case of Aimee Stephens who next month will become the first plaintiff in a case about the civil rights of transgender people before the Supreme Court. Stephens was fired after coming out at work as trans.
Here’s a closer look at her bag:
As mentioned, it’s a tough night to predict given the fierce competition but brave Guardian warrior Adrian Horton has battled through her fears of being completely, shamefully wrong to deliver this sturdy list of guesses:
A surprise return tonight for Billy Bush, back at the Emmys for the first time since his Trump Access Hollywood scandal. He’s back at Extra and will be interviewing celebrities tonight as they arrive on the red carpet which could lead to some interestingly awkward moments.
If you like to imagine the kind of awkward small talk that might occur in the audience during commercial breaks then these pictures of who’s sitting where should help:
It’s Emmys time!
Game of Thrones v Killing Eve! Veep v The Marvelous Mrs Maisel! Julia Louis-Dreyfus v Phoebe Waller-Bridge! Your unwavering attention v your desire to sleep! It’s time for battle upon battle upon battle yet again with TV’s biggest night of the year, the 71st edition of the Emmys.
You’ve probably not heard this mentioned at all by anyone ever but we’re in a “golden era” of television, which other than being hugely stressful for anyone hoping to keep on top of it all has meant that the Emmys has become starrier than ever before. Amy Adams, Michael Douglas, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Hugh Grant, Mahershala Ali and Benicio Del Toro are just some of the A-listers in contention tonight and with competition this fierce, it’s made the whole thing way harder to predict.
Perhaps the surest bet of the evening is that you’ll be hearing the words Game of Thrones quite a lot with HBO’s extravagant fantasy drama leading the pack with 32 nominations. It’s been a TV academy favourite for years and given that this will be the final time they’ll get to reward it, expect a big showing. The same can also be said for Veep, which could well dominate the comedy side of things. But there’s also an exciting influx of newer shows and talent from Succession to Fleabag so some surprises could be in store.
Stay with us for the night if you want to see how it all unfolds, from awkward moments to earnest speeches to relentless reminders that you’ve been bingeing the wrong shows. We’ll be here until late!