The 71stannual Primetime Emmy Awards are now open for voting. Despite hard hitting shows such as Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld sitting out this year’s race, submissions increased in the drama series category.
Perhaps because of TV refusing to peak, the number went from last year’s 159 to 165. Despite only one season long, canceled series such as The Passage and The first made it to drama category. Needless to say, Game of Thrones will be the most closely watched in the race. It took home the award in 2017.
The competition has upped not just because of new series such as Homecoming and Pose on the ballot for the first time, but also because of a rule change that got anthology series getting bumped from limited series to drama.
This development also affected the numbers on the comedy side – for instance former limited series contender American Vandal now falls under comedy series. Yet the comedy series submission number fell this year with 108 series in competition compared to last year’s 117.
On the other hand, limited series count is at 35 while TV movies category has 21 entries. The lead drama actor and lead drama actress are also down – 108 actors compared to last year’s 113 and 88 actress to 2018’s 99. But the supporting drama actor and actress saw a whopping 372 and 393 submissions respectively.
However, lead performers in the comedy categories are in a decline as well: 86 actors compared to last year’s 89 and 80 actresses as opposed to 2018’s 85. The supporting actor and actresses tallies are 235 and 208 this year.
With limited series and TV movie performers combined in a category, 44 actors are up for lead actor from last year’s 42 submissions. Lead actress numbe is up as well with the number at 50 as opposed to last year’s 444. There are 105 actors and 94 actresses vying for the supporting lead.
The populace can review the ballots and make their selections through June 24 while the official nominees will be announced July 16.