2019 Emmy Awards: Complicated nominations process made simple

Nominations ballots for the 71st annual Emmy Awards went live on June 10 and must be returned to Ernst & Young, the accountants who oversee the process, by 10 pm PT on June 24. Nominations for the Primetime Emmys will be announced at 8:30 am PT on July 16 while winners will be revealed during the Sept. 22 ceremony on FOX.

“Primetime” is defined as between 6 pm and 2 am. The eligibility periods runs from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. 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 22,000 members of ATAS belong to one or more peer group. As explained on the academy website, 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 their choices on ballots.

SEE 2019 Emmys calendar: Two-week voting begins June 10, nominations on July 16, ceremony on September 22

While nominations for individuals are decided by each peer group, all academy members are eligible to make as many nominations as they wish 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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