How the 65th Primetime Emmy Winners are Chosen

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65th-primetime-emmy-awards-artwork-1For those who have watched how the nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmys were announced, you are probably wondering how the winners will be chosen. During the nominations, American Horror Story scared up the most nods with 17 while Netflix broke the record with an Outstanding Drama Series nomination for House of Cards.

Though the nominees were named, still, we cannot say that they will then be declared as winners and we cannot arrive at the list of contenders yet because this is just the beginning of a painstaking, peer-driven process that takes us to the star-studded Emmy Awards Night.

So when the nominees are announced, the next step is to predict the winners. Which TV Series do you think will be chosen as the Best Drama Series? How about the Best Comedy Series? For the Best TV Actor and actress? It’s really hard to predict the winner since all of the nominees deserves to win but we can still give our wild guesses.

The final judging comes during the month of August, the time when the representatives from the academy’s two dozen peer groups already determine the voting procedures for each individual group’s award categories. After the panelists take a look at the works of the nominees, the judging already takes place. Judging procedures range from ranking to a ratings-score system to a plain ol' yes/no vote.

After the ballots for all Emmy categories are submitted, Ernst & Young accountants tabulate and audit them multiple times — including hand checking. Andy Sale, a 25-year E&Y veteran, told the Wall Street Journal that the process is "laborious" and much of it is done in a locked, windowless room. Now, once the envelopes are already sealed, they are being delivered through a secured metal briefcase brought to their resting place which is at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Right then, we’ll just wait for the announcement of winners during the Emmy Awards Night.

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