Emmys 101: Mystery of nominations process solved

Nominations ballots for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy awards went live on the academy’s website on June 15 and must be returned to Ernst & Young, the accountants who oversee the process, by 5 pm PT on June 26. The nominations will be announced at 8:30 am PT on July 16 while winners will be revealed during the Sept. 20 kudocast on FOX.

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“Primetime” is defined as between 6 pm and 2 am. The eligibility periods runs from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. With the exception of the web-based awards, programming must air on broadcast or cable television with a reach of 51% of the national market. Nominees are chosen from entrants who have paid a fee to the academy and met certain guidelines.

As with the motion picture academy, the 17,000 members of ATAS belong to one or more peer group. Each peer group decides the nominees for the categories that recognize their respective talents — i.e., performers nominate performers, writers nominate writers, etc. — with members listing five or six choices (depending on the number of nominees set for that category) on their ballots. 

While nominations for individuals are decided by each peer group, all academy members are eligible to make up to 10 nominations per program category, with the exceptions of the animated and documentary genre awards which are decided on by those peer groups. 

Unlike the Oscars, with its complicated system of preferential balloting, the Emmys use straight line voting to determine the nominees; i.e., there is no system of ranked votes but rather raw numbers are used. 

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