Emmys 2021 Live Updates: ‘The Queens Gambit, ‘The Crown’ Take Top Honors

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Another one on the books, pals. I wonder what will happen next to all those crazy characters on “The Crown.” No spoilers!!!

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It’s going to be a bitter morning at Wawas around our nation tomorrow.

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On the one hand, credit to the Emmys for finally rewarding several streaming series, much like they eventually acknowledged cable series years ago. On the other hand, they mostly did it in typical fashion: picking a few favorites and rewarding them over and over and over.

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“The Crown” won the award for best drama as well as all four related acting categories, with Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor — who play Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles — taking the awards for the leading roles.

“I’d have put money on that not happening,” said Colman, speaking from the show’s London-based gathering. “What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Speaking from the main stage, O’Connor said, “Making ‘The Crown’ has been the most rewarding two years of my life.”

The fourth season of the Netflix series was Colman and O’Connor’s last; new actors will take over in the next. Colman beat out another leading actress from the show, Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana.

In the supporting actor categories, Tobias Menzies won for his role as Prince Philip, and Gillian Anderson won for her role as Margaret Thatcher.

“Thank you to one or two people not here because we start shooting in a couple of hours,” said Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, while accepting the award for best drama.

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So this is the year the Academy voters finally listened to the “You Might Like” menu on their streaming boxes.

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

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It’s so strange that at a time when we have so many kinds of shows — with so many different things going for them — that the Emmys voters would have such a limited scope in their tastes.

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“The Crown” for me is TV’s Standard Competent Well-Made Drama — never bad, never astonishingly great, high floor, low ceiling. Maybe that’s what wins in a year when most of the creative action is in limited series.

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Do people like expensive dramas about powerful people? I guess so.

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I’ve said a lot of good things about “Ted Lasso,” I mean them, but it’s funny that an underdog show would be the overdog that crowds out some other great comedies. (Next time, “PEN15”!)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

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Hope everyone enjoyed that “Mandalorian” spoiler, good night.

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We are in full, “Running long, let’s make up time” mode now.

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Finally we answer the question on all our minds, “Are there more lyrics to the ‘Ted Lasso’ theme?”

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How does the “Ted Lasso” song go, I forget?

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“Ted Lasso,” you say.

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

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We still have three three awards to go, so we are running way long.

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After it was controversially snubbed by the Golden Globes, “I May Destroy You” received some measure of awards justice when it received six Primetime Emmy nominations.

And on Sunday night, Michaela Coel — its creator, writer, co-director and star — won her first ever Emmy Award, for limited series writing. That also made her the first Black woman to win in that category.

In her acceptance speech, Coel told the audience to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable.”

“I dare you,” she continued. “Visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence. I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault.”

Immediately after Coel won, she was congratulated by Cynthia Erivo, one of her former co-stars on her first series, “Chewing Gum.” Olivia Colman, who starred in “The Crown,” later saluted Coel in her own acceptance speech for best lead actress in a drama.

“I May Destroy You” had racked up all of its nominations in the stacked limited series category: best limited series and best actress (Coel), supporting actor (Paapa Essiedu), writing (Coel) and two nods for directing (Coel and Sam Miller for the “Ego Death” episode and Sam Miller for “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”).

“‘I May Destroy You’ is a coming-of-age story, a generational snapshot and a tart, tender salute to the primal value of friendship when you’re young and underemployed,” wrote the New York Times TV critic Mike Hale in June 2020. “Its plot is built around a hazily remembered rape (based on Coel’s own experience), and the processes of recovery and investigation that follow. But the show is never just about that.”

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Oh, for Pete’s sake. “Hamilton” is a work of theater — a great one, and it already has Tonys for it — that someone pointed some cameras at. “Inside” was an original piece that may have been one of the best works of … anything I saw in the last year?

Outstanding Variety Special, Pre-Recorded

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Finally, some award recognition for “Hamilton.”

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Do we think “play-them-off” music will ever recover from tonight?

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Stephen Colbert and company win for the live election-night show that aired while I assume all of you were on this website staring at the needle.

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Conan O’Brien briefly took the stage with Stephen Colbert. I guess I have to point this out.

Outstanding Variety Special, Live

“Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020”

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Olivia Colman’s Emmy win for best lead actress in a drama for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown” created an unusual situation on Sunday. Two different actors have now won that award for playing the same role in the same series.

Which would be impressive enough on its own. But thanks to Claire Foy’s guest-acting win, in last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, for her brief “Crown” cameo last season, the two actresses have won Emmys for playing the same person in the same show in the same year.

It was not clear whether different performers have previously won for playing the same role; an Emmys spokesman said the Television Academy does not track that sort information, specifically.

Colman took over the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth seasons of the popular Netflix series as part of a broad, preplanned change over of the show’s principal characters meant to help better reflect their advancing ages.

During the first two seasons of the show, Claire Foy played the queen and was nominated for best lead actress in a drama in both 2017 and 2018, winning in 2018. Colman was nominated for the same award in 2020 — Zendaya won for her role as Rue in “Euphoria” — and got another nod this year.

“I think that the longest you can believe an actor in an aging part is about 20 years,” Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, previously told The New York Times. “Right from the start, we decided that if it all worked and kept going, we would recast every two seasons.”

And so now, away goes Colman after her two-season turn as queen. And in will step Imelda Staunton for Seasons 5 and 6. We won’t know until next year whether she will complete a royal Emmy trifecta.

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

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You can always count on Olivia Colman to give a good acceptance speech and a great performance. I was expecting and hoping Mj Rodriguez, both for the way she grew into her role on “Pose,” and to acknowledge there were other dramas on TV besides “The Crown.”

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Olivia Colman says she lost her father during Covid and that he would’ve especially enjoyed her victory. Alas, the last portion of her speech appeared to be bleeped out.

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Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

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In one of the most competitive categories of the night, Kate Winslet wins for “Mare of Easttown,” over Cynthia Erivo, Michaela Coel, Anya Taylor-Joy and Elizabeth Olsen.

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Voters love accents!

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

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It also would have been absurd for anyone but Michaela Coel to win this category this year; thankfully, that didn’t happen.

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Very touching to see Michaela Coel immediately congratulated by Cynthia Erivo, one of her former co-stars on her original series “Chewing Gum.”

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Coel says in accepting the award, “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you.”

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”

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OK, I liked “The Queen’s Gambit”? The chess pieces moving on the ceiling were a cool device? But Barry Jenkins built a palace with a thousand rooms in “The Underground Railroad”; it’s almost absurd to see anyone else get this award this year.

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Scott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit”

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Several presenters from “Reservation Dogs” are onstage — it‘s one of the most exciting new shows I’ve seen this year, and it would be great to see it nominated among some of the usual suspects at a future Emmys.

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It’s just one piece of a long and huge career, but Debbie Allen was also the producer brought in to overhaul and improve “A Different World” after its beginning.

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The feel-good comedy “Ted Lasso” was expected by many prognosticators to clean up in the various comedy categories on Sunday, but the evening has evolved into a two-horse race thus far, between that show and the more acerbic HBO Max series “Hacks.”

The relentlessly optimistic Ted Lasso, which streams on Apple TV+, took home top honors in three of the four comedic acting categories. The winners including Jason Sudeikis for his lead acting performance as the heartwarming, if ineffectual, soccer coach Ted Lasso; Brett Goldstein for best supporting actor; and Hannah Waddingham, who plays the club’s owner, for best supporting actress.

“I want to thank my teammates that have helped make this show,” Sudeikis said. “I’m only as good as you guys make me look, so really, it means the world to me to be up here and just be a mirror of what you guys give to me.”

“Ted Lasso” was also nominated for best comedy writing and directing, but in something of a surprise, both of those awards went to the showbiz comedy “Hacks.” (“Lasso” was nominated twice for writing.)

Jean Smart, who plays an aging stand-up comedian in “Hacks,” won the award for best comedic actress, an award she was favored to win. (“Lasso” did not have a nominee in the category.)

“‘Hacks’ has been such a thrill,” she said. “I read this and I said, ‘I have to do this.’ It checked off every box I was hoping for.”

“Ted Lasso” debuted to mixed early reviews but was favored to dominate the evening. The show’s success among audiences had surprised nearly everyone, including its creators, and the show went on to become the most nominated freshman comedy in Emmys history, earning 20 nods. It also won a Golden Globe.

Both “Ted Lasso” and “Hacks” were nominated in the best comedy category. “Ted Lasso” once seemed like a lock but “Hacks” has made things more interesting.

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Michael K. Williams, who died earlier this month at age 54, was remembered at the Emmy Awards Sunday night as a “brilliantly talented actor.” But despite being expected by many prognosticators to win the first Emmy of his career for his role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” he lost to Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Philip in “The Crown.”

Kerry Washington, who presented the award, commented on how strange it felt to speak of Williams in the past tense; he was found dead in his Brooklyn home less than two weeks ago. The Emmy voting period ended before Williams’s death, so it was not expected to affect the outcome.

“Your excellence, your artistry will endure,” Washington said. “We love you.”

Despite his acclaimed performances in shows like “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams never took home an award. He was nominated a total of five times, including for his supporting roles in the Netflix mini-series “When They See Us” and in the HBO mini-series “The Night Of.”

Williams established himself as one of television’s finest actors with his character on “The Wire,” Omar Little, the sawed-off-shotgun-wielding stickup man who was openly gay within Baltimore’s homophobic criminal underworld. (None of his nominations were for “The Wire,” which won zero Emmys despite being considered among the best television shows in history.)

In “Lovecraft Country,” the actor played Montrose Freeman, an abusive father whose son is searching for him through the backwoods of 1950s New England, where supernatural monsters and the horrors of racism abound.

In an interview published shortly before his death, Williams told The Los Angeles Times that he viewed Freeman as someone who seemed to live according to a “book of stereotypes as to what it means to be a man, especially a Black man, in America.”

He had celebrated the 18 total Emmy nominations earned by “Lovecraft,” saying, “I was very, very happy to see the writers get their just due.”

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“Mare of Easttown” was one of the buzziest limited series of the year, and it received 16 Emmy nominations, including for best limited or anthology series. Thus far Sunday night, the HBO crime drama has already claimed both supporting acting awards for a limited or anthology series or movie.

Julianne Nicholson won best supporting actress for her heartbreaking role as Lori, the best friend of the main character, Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet, also nominated, for best actress). Nicholson delivered a heartfelt speech that referenced recent world events, including the Texas abortion ban and the U.S. military’s withdrawal from the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

“I owe this to you,” Nicholson said, “and all the ladies out there in Philadelphia, in Kabul, in Texas or anywhere who are struggling sometimes, finding it hard to be happy sometimes, understanding that life can be a lot sometimes, but never stopping, never losing hope never giving up.”

Evan Peters also won a supporting actor award, for his performance as Detective Colin Zabel. Both he and Nicholson were first-time nominees.

“This is a dream come true for me tonight,” a visibly shocked Peters said.

The series, which garnered praise for the way it nailed the look, feel, sound and salty attitude of the people of Delaware County, Pa., became appointment viewing last spring. Although the series was initially billed as a single-season affair, there has been talk of a Season 2 after the overwhelming response to the first.

“I think if we could ever crack a story that was as emotional and surprising, then I think maybe there’s a conversation,” the creator, Brad Ingelsby, told Esquire last month. “I mean, listen, I love Mare. If we could ever give her a great season, I would certainly consider it.

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Cedric the Entertainer promised that with him as the host, the Emmys would be a little different. The broadcast, he said, would feel as inclusive as he is familiar. “I don’t want that Oscars feel,” he recently told The New York Times.

Just how he planned to shape the show to his liking was not entirely clear. In fact, little about this year’s ceremony was until it actually began. The first hints arrived during the opening minutes of the broadcast, which this year is taking place at the Event Deck at L.A. Live, in Los Angeles.

Cedric’s opener, as it turned out, came in the form of a song that infused the show with energy from the start. (The monologue came after the first two trophies were awarded.)

“TV, you’ve got what I need,” he sang, riffing on “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie, with the help of Rita Wilson, LL Cool J, Lil Dicky and others.

Cedric emerged onstage to open the show with a large Emmy trophy behind him after proclaiming that this year’s show would not be “Emmys-lite.” For the next several minutes, those taking part in the song dropped references to various shows — from “black-ish” to “Sesame Street.”

Last year the ceremony was virtual, and although this year planners abandoned that format, the Delta variant was on people’s mind from the start. The opening number included jokes about quarantines and vaccines.

Hosts of the Emmys these days face a difficult task: reversing declining trends in viewership and getting a large swath of people invested in an awards ceremony that honors shows as different as “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown.”

Cedric told The New York Times in a recent interview that he had asked the Emmys writers to “remove the velvet rope of it all” and said he wanted to “take the judgment out” of an awards show that can sometimes feel tailored to the elite.

He seemed to try to deliver on that desire Sunday by establishing from the start that viewers were his “friends.”

And after the opening number, Cedric did offer a traditional monologue, variously skewering The Met Gala, Nicki Minaj and Billy Porter.

“Look at this room, man, so many talented people in here,” Cedric said. “Matter of fact, lock the doors — we’re not leaving until we find a new host for ‘Jeopardy!’”

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Tonight, the Emmys red carpet comes on the heels of the extravagant Met Gala, the wild VMAs and the glitzy Venice Film Festival. How will the television awards show compare to the rest of the attractions in this month’s fashion circus? Watch as we find out.

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A win for Mj Rodriguez could be one of the night’s biggest moments. Rodriguez’s performance as Blanca Evangelista in FX’s “Pose” earned her a nomination in the best actress in a drama race, the first time a transgender person has been up for the award. To pull it off, Rodriguez will have to beat Emma Corrin, the favorite for her role as a young Princess Diana in “The Crown.”

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Michael K. Williams, the beloved star of “The Wire” who was found dead on Sept. 6, is nominated for best supporting actor in a drama for the recently canceled HBO series “Lovecraft Country.” If he does win — and he is a slight favorite over Tobias Menzies from “The Crown” — it will not be because Emmys voters wanted to give him the award posthumously. The Emmy voting period ended before Williams’s death.

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It appears that Apple’s streaming service, not quite two years old, is on the verge of getting its first major Emmys win, thanks to an aphorism-spouting, fish-out-of-water soccer coach.

The feel-good Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” is the favorite in the comedy category. Nominated for its rookie season, which had its premiere in August 2020, the show already won best cast in a comedy last weekend. The winner of that award has gone on to win best comedy six years in a row. “Ted Lasso” also cleaned up at the Television Critics Association Awards earlier this month, winning best new series, best comedy and best overall show.

Jason Sudeikis, the former “Saturday Night Live” stalwart, is poised to win multiple Emmys, including for best writing and best actor in a comedy series. Those would be his first Emmy wins.

A long shot competitor for best comedy is the HBO Max series “Hacks,” starring Jean Smart, who is also likely to win her fourth acting Emmy, for her role as a Joan Rivers-like stand-up comic.

When it comes to comedy this year, the broadcast and cable networks are on the outside looking in: They earned only one nomination in the category, from ABC’s “black-ish,” its lowest combined total in the history of the Emmys.

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At long last, it should be the year that a streaming platform is triumphant at the Emmys.

The tech companies upended the entertainment industry years ago, but they’ve had mixed results breaking through with members of the Television Academy, who vote on the winners. That will likely come to an end on Sunday when the envelopes are unsealed at the 73rd Emmy Awards.

“The Crown,” the lush Netflix drama chronicling the British royal family, is the heavy favorite to win one of the night’s biggest awards — best drama — on the strength of its fourth season, which took viewers into the 1980s as it portrayed the relationship of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

“The Crown” already picked up four Emmys in the first batch of awards handed out during last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which recognizes achievements in technical categories.

Netflix built a considerable lead over its television and streaming rivals at the Creative Arts Emmys, all but guaranteeing that it will win more awards than any other studio, streaming platform or TV network.

A best drama win for “The Crown” would also be a significant first for Netflix. The streaming service has never won a top series award, despite a whopping 30 nominations in best drama, comedy and limited series from 2013 to 2020. Only one streaming service, Hulu, has won best drama, an award that went to “The Handmaid’s Tale” four years ago.

It would be a fitting win in a ceremony that is recognizing the best shows aired or streamed amid the pandemic. During the stay-at-home months last year and early this year, people increasingly turned away from cable and embraced streaming video entertainment, accelerating a trend that was already underway.

While “The Crown” is the favorite, keep an eye out for spoilers in the best drama race. “The Mandalorian,” the Star Wars action adventure show on Disney+, picked up seven technical awards last weekend, and Television Academy voters love themselves some popular, action-packed entertainment, as evinced by the success of “Game of Thrones,” which won best drama a record-tying four times.

A show with an outside shot is “Bridgerton,” the popular Netflix bodice-ripper from the super producer Shonda Rhimes. FX’s “Pose,” nominated for its final, emotional season, has the best chance at an upset of any of the cable or network series nominated.

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Year after year, the Emmy Awards have sought a master of ceremonies who can reverse its declining trends in viewership and bring audiences back to this annual broadcast honoring the television industry. Maybe what the show needs is an all-around entertainer.

So for this Sunday, the Emmys have enlisted Cedric the Entertainer, the veteran stand-up and star of the CBS comedy “The Neighborhood,” to host the show, bucking a recent tradition of drawing from the talent pool of late-night TV.

Cedric, 57, knows he has his work cut out for him: It’s not easy for people to get invested in the Emmys while the pandemic continues and when there is little overlap between the fan bases for nominated shows like “Ted Lasso,” “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

But he is hoping that this year’s Emmys — which, unlike last year’s largely virtual event, will have an in-person ceremony at the Event Deck at L.A. Live, in Los Angeles — will encourage viewers to come back by fostering a spirit of inclusivity.

As Cedric said in a video interview last month, “I want to bring a familiarity that comes with my brand of stand-up. I’m somebody you know. I’m your cousin or your uncle, and we’re here to celebrate each other.”

“I’m there to do every job that a host is supposed to do,” he continued. “I may go and kick it with people. You may see me do a food-pass tray — have some crudités, my friend. Please, go in my closet, wear one of my jackets, you’re fine.”

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There’s sure to be both drama and comedy at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be mostly an in-person edition of the show. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the comedian and star of CBS’s “The Neighborhood,” the awards will be handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles before a limited audience, and will honor the pandemic-era television programs that got us through lockdown.

What time do the festivities start?

The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific. On television, CBS is the official broadcaster. If you have a cable login, you can watch online via cbs.com, or if you’re a CBS subscriber, via the CBS app.

The show will also air live and on demand on the streaming service Paramount+, which is one of the cheapest options for streaming the Emmys. Paramount+ offers a one-week free trial or is available starting at $5 per month. Other livestreaming services that also offer access to the channel include Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV or FuboTV. All require subscriptions that start at $65 per month, though many are offering free trials.

Is there a red carpet?

This year’s attendees will still have the chance to sashay down a red carpet, albeit a limited one with only about a dozen media outlets. The cable channel E! will have preshow entertainment and then red carpet coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Livestreams from the red carpet will be available on the websites of People and Entertainment Weekly starting at 7 p.m.

Who will be presenting?

Among the approximately 50 stars scheduled to hand out statuettes are Annaleigh Ashford, Awkwafina, Stephen Colbert, Misty Copeland, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Taraji P. Henson, Gayle King, Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, LL Cool J, Annie Murphy, Catherine O’Hara, Dolly Parton, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Patrick Stewart and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Reggie Watts, the band leader on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” will serve as D.J. for the evening, and the R&B artist Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will perform a special “In Memoriam” song written by Bridges.

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