What to expect from this year's Emmy Awards

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Winners are set to make history this Sunday night when the 69th Emmy Awards are presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by nine-time Emmy winner and first-time host Stephen Colbert.

Many outlets have been going public with who they predict will win the coveted Emmy Award for categories like "Best Drama Series" and "Best Actress in a Drama Series." With a year so jam-packed of some of the best entertainment seen in years (think Twin Peaks: the Return, The Handmaid's Tale), it's going to be a tough one when it comes down to deciding just who goes home with an Emmy.

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

Some series have already been making headlines for how many nominations they've racked up. Netflix's critically-praised Stranger Things has a total of 19 nominations, while HBO's Westworld comes in with 22 nominations. Some of the category winners were already announced over the weekend, with Stranger Things and Westworld already locking in five awards.
Some of the most exciting series this year fall under the "Best Comedy Series" category, including our favorite Aziz Ansari-directed Master of None (Netflix), Modern Family (ABC), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Blackish (ABC), Atlanta (FX), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO). Of course, you can't ignore the coveted "Best Drama Series", with nominations for Better Call Saul (AMC), The Handmaid's Tale (HULU), Westworld (HBO), This Is Us (NBC), The Crown (Netflix), House of Cards (Netflix), and Stranger Things (Netflix).

Plenty of celebrities are set to make an appearance, with presenters like Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, and Reese Witherspoon. According to Fox News, "Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in the Broadway smash "Hamilton," is slated to perform an In Memoriam tribute, the network revealed."

Emmy host Stephen Colbert

As for Colbert hosting the show, he's not new to this rodeo. The comedian has won three awards for "The Daily Show" and six awards for "The Colbert Report." If his stance on his late night show is any indication, we wouldn't be surprised if he takes some well-deserved jabs at the President. "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe," he said in a statement, in reference to Sean Spicer's false claims about Trump's inauguration crowd size. In an interview with Variety, Colbert was honest about just what he intends to say. "We are storytellers: The story we are telling is what happened on television this year. It's not a political monologue, but you can't keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year." He adds: "The biggest story of the year is not 'Westworld.' It's not 'The Handmaid's Tale.' It's not Milo Ventimiglia's luscious abs. That's not what we cared about. The biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump."

In any case, break out the popcorn: this year's Emmy Awards are sure to be as glitzy, glam and entertaining as the one before. We'll be here, keeping an eye on red carpet coverage and keeping you up to date over on our twitter, @Popdust.

Watch the 69th Emmy Awards this Sunday on CBS, 8 P.M. EST.

Vanessa is a music and culture writer. Follow her on twitter.


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