Thursday 22 February 2018

Five things you need to know about this evening's 67th Emmy Awards in LA

It's the biggest night of the year for US TV, so who will come out on top?

Rising star: Amy Schumer is the star of her own sitcom on Comedy Central.
Rising star: Amy Schumer is the star of her own sitcom on Comedy Central.
Jon Hamm
Heading for the hills: The last episode of Mad Men was screened this week
Amy Poehler at the 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute Gala at the Dolby Theatre. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/PA Photos.
Joanne Froggatt and Alice Shuttleworth (right) attending a BAFTA tribute evening for Downton Abbey held at The Richmond Theatre, London

Sarah-Jane Murphy

The red carpet has been dusted down and rolled out.

1. Game Of Thrones leads the nominations, with a staggering 24 in total, including one for outstanding drama series.

The smash hit TV Show is also in contention for Best Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke), Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing.

It only needs to win two of those to break The West Wing's record of nine series wins in a single year.

2. Insiders have predicted that Mad Men is set to clean up this year.

The seriously stylish drama about life in a 1960's New York advertising agency, starring Jon Hamm as anti-hero Don Draper, came to an end this year after seven series.

Hamm has been nominated for 12 Emmys over the years, but has always left the ceremony empty handed.

Christina Hendricks, is up for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of secretary Joan Holloway and Elisabeth Moss is nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series as forward-thinking working girl Peggy Olson.

Mad Men would also seem the likely favourite for Best Drama Series, but Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul and critically acclaimed prison drama Orange Is The New Black could edge it.

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3. Downton Abbey received an amazing eight Emmy nominations

These include Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress in a drama series for Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) and Best Supporting Actor in a drama series for Jim Carter (Mr Carson).

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4. BBC mini-series Wolf Hall is up for an award

The hit tv show stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis and received a nomination for outstanding limited series.

Meanwhile British drama The Missing, which featured James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor, has two nominations.

Also, stylish BBC Two political spy thriller The Honourable Woman received four nominations, including Best Actress In a Limited Series or Movie for Maggie Gyllenhaal.

5. The Amys go head-to-head for the comedy categories

Parks And Recreation star Amy Poehler and rising star Amy Schumer are both among the nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor is the out-and-out favourite to win best actor in a comedy series.

However, for the last five years in a row Modern Family has scooped the award for Best Comedy Series. Could it do it again tonight?

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