Emmys 2019: The nominees in full and how to watch the awards ceremony live

Everything you need to know about tonight’s ceremony

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Sunday 22 September 2019 12:29
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Speculation is rife as to who will walk away with the top prizes at the Emmys tonight.

The award ceremony never fails to provide talking points and tonight’s event looks to be no different.

Below is a compilation of everything you need to know about the 2019 edition.

When is the 2019 Emmy Awards ceremony and how can I watch it?

The 71st Emmy Awards will be held at 7pm PST on 22 September 2019 at the Microsoft Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. That’s 2am GMT on 23 September in the UK, where it won’t be available to watch unless you purchase a VPN.

The evening will be broadcast live on Fox in the US, but The Independent's Culture team will be live-blogging the night on our site.

As ever, E! Online will be covering the red carpet arrivals, which UK audiences will be available to watch on TV as well as YouTube

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What do we know about the ceremony?

Not a huge amount is known about the event, but – in the same vein as the Oscars – it’ll be presenter-less for the fourth time in history.

Instead, a voiceover will offer a “refreshing, lighthearted take on the traditional factoids that audiences typically learn as winners make their way to the podium mixed with jokes, commentary and unexpected anecdotes”.

Something else that will be absent from proceedings is a live orchestra. This means that Halsey will perform during the “In Memoriam” montage, while Adam Devine will introduced the Variety categories.

Who will hand out the trophies?

The full list of guest presenters has now been announced. Tim Allen, James Corden, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Hader, Ben Stiller, Catherine O’Hara and Marisa Tomei will be handing out the statuettes.

Also presenting will be the winners of last week’s Emmys for guest roles in TV shows, Cherry Jones, Jane Lynch, Luke Kirby and Bradley Whitford.

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There’ll also be a Game of Thrones reunion on stage. Stars expected to attend include Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten and Maisie Williams.

Which TV shows have been nominated for the top prizes?

Game of Thrones picked up a historic 32 nominations this year, winning a heap at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony. It looks set to win even more tonight despite the eighth and final season proving divisive among fans. Could Better Call Saul, Pose or Succession pip it to the post? It seems very unlikely at this stage.

Another show nominated for its final season is Veep. The Emmys have made a habit of awarding shows for their final seasons, so expect awards galore for the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy series.

In terms of Limited Series, Chernobyl is the one to beat, but it’ll face stiff competition in the form of Netflix’s When They See Us and Fosse/Verdon, which looks set to pick up a trophy for Michelle Williams.

The acting awards are less certain. While voters could opt for the popular nominees – GoT stars Clarke and Harington – it does seem like an underdog could reign supreme. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) would both receive one hell of a cheer should either of them win.

Saying this, it would be great to see Headey, Coster-Waldau and van Houten get recognised for their supporting work in Game of Thrones.

Then there’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sian Clifford who could very well make UK headlines with several wins for Fleabag.

You can find the full nominations list below:

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or 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​

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or 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

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Ted Danson, The Good Place

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

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

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

Outstanding Competition Program:

The Amazing Race

America Ninja Warrior

Nailed It!

RuPaul's Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Television Movie:

Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)



King Lear

My Dinner With Hervé

Outstanding Limited Series:


Escape at Dannemora

Fosse / Verdon

Sharp Object

When They See Us

Outstanding Comedy Series:



The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Russian Doll

Schitt's Creek


Outstanding Drama Series:

Better Call Saul


Game of Thrones

Killing Eve




This Is Us

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

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, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Tony Hale, Veep

Stephen Root, Barry

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Margaret Qualley, Fosse / Verdon

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Paul Dano, Escape At Dannemora

John Leguizamo, When They See Us

Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Michael K Williams, When They See Us

Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black

Cherry Jones, The Handmaid's Tale

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Carice van Houten, Game Of Thrones

Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Michael Angarano, This Is Us

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Michael McKean, Better Call Saul

Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone

Glynn Turman, How To Get Away With Murder

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid's Tale

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Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag

Fiona Shaw, Fleabag

Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live

Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Peter MacNicol, Veep

John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live

Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live

Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

The 71st Emmy Awards kick off at 5pm PST / 1am BST.

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