The Emmy Awards are traditionally a fall affair, typically marking the start of the new television broadcast season. 2023 was anything but ordinary, with the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that effectively shut down Hollywood for months.
The 75th annual Primetime Emmys Awards, which were originally slated for Sept. 18, will instead take place Monday, Jan. 15 — pushed back four months as a result of the two strikes. Fox, the network airing the ceremony, and the Television Academy, jointly announced the rescheduled date back in August.
It’s the first time in more than two decades the Emmys have been postponed. In 2001, the awards ceremony was pushed back two months in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Emmy nominations were announced on July 12, one day before the actors’ strike was made official. Succession leads the TV hopefuls with 27 nominations, followed by The Last of Us (24) and The White Lotus (23). The Creative Arts Emmys, which honor technical achievements and guest acting, were held Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, amid a busy awards season kickoff.
When and where are the Emmys held?
The 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards take place Monday, Jan. 15 at the Peacock Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The three-hour ceremony will air live coast-to-coast at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Fox and will be available to stream the next day on Hulu.
The shows to beat
HBO’s Succession leads the pack with 27 nominations for its final season, while the network’s other high-profile series, The Last of Us and The White Lotus, follow with 24 and 23 nominations, respectively.
Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso earned 21 nominations, followed by Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 14 nominations and a three-way tie between Netflix’s Beef, FX on Hulu’s The Bear and Netflix’s Dahmer with 13 apiece.
Several major winners were already crowned at the Creative Arts Emmys, potentially adding to the momentum for a few shows. The Last of Us dominated with eight wins, including drama guest acting recognition for Nick Offerman and Storm Reid. In the comedy guest acting categories, Sam Richardson earned his first Emmy for Ted Lasso, while Judith Light was honored for Poker Face.
Other notable winners included Welcome to Wrexham (5), The White Lotus (4), The Bear (4), Wednesday (4) and Beef (3). Keke Palmer made history as the first Black woman to be named Outstanding Host for a Game Show for Password.
Who is the Emmys host?
Anthony Anderson will officially take on emcee duties. The Black-ish star is hosting his first Emmys telecast. When the news was announced in December, he joked he was “over the moon that Taylor Swift was unavailable.”
All eyes will be on Anderson when he takes the stage Monday following comedian Jo Koy’s widely-panned Golden Globes hosting stint. Anderson is a seasoned pro when it comes to hosting awards shows, having taken the mic at the NAACP Image Awards, the Soul Train Awards and others.
The 53-year-old Anderson, who is 0 for 11 at the Emmys over the span of his career, said in a December interview with the Hollywood Reporter that the ceremony will be a celebratory affair and any roasts will be done with good intentions.
“I will poke fun at people that are sitting in the audience, but it will be nothing personal. It will be all light humor to keep the show moving along and a smile on everyone’s face,” he said.
Could Golden Globes winners be predictive of who will top the Emmys?
It gets a little complicated since the Emmys were supposed to take place before the 2024 Golden Globes, and are meant to honor TV work from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. So some Golden Globe nominees may be missing in action on Emmys night because their shows aired after the cutoff date.
That being said, the 76th annual Emmy Awards are just around the corner — in September 2024 — and will honor TV work from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024.
The big TV winners at this year’s Golden Globes were Succession, The Bear and Beef — all of which are very much the favorites heading into Monday.
Potential rematches transferred over from the Golden Globes could also spice things up at the Emmys.
Can The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White turn his Globes win into an Emmy victory in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, where he’s again competing against Bill Hader, Martin Short, Jason Segel and Jason Sudeikis? Will Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen come out on top once more versus co-stars Alan Ruck and Alexander Skarsgård for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?
Interestingly, The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri, who won the Golden Globe for Lead Comedy Actress, is vying in the Supporting Actress category at the Emmys. The Bear’s Emmy nominations are for Season 1, while the show’s three collective Golden Globe wins were for Season 2.
Could history be made?
There are several history-making moments in play.
Beef’s Ali Wong rewrote history when she became the first Asian actress to win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for her role in Beef.
Wong could be the first woman of Asian descent to win in the Outstanding Lead actress in a Limited Series category on Emmys night. Her Beef co-stars Young Mazino and Joseph Lee could also become the first actors of Asian descent to win the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.
The Last of Us’s Pedro Pascal could become the first Latino actor to win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his partner in crime, Bella Ramsey, would be the youngest to win for lead drama actress. Ramsey could also be the first nonbinary actor to win an Emmy.
Wednesday star Jenna Ortega would be the second youngest lead actress winner after Patty Duke in 1964. Ortega would also be the second Latina actress if her name is called. America Ferrara was the first Latina to win an Emmy in the Lead Actress category for Ugly Betty in 2007.
Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson would be the second Black actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and the first in more than four decades after Isabel Sanford did it in 1981 for The Jeffersons.
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