Emmy Awards 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are upon us and we’ve got all the facts on what to expect, from the presenters, the host, nominees, and more. To get all the info on the date and time, check out the below link … Read on for our facts on the 2014 Emmy Awards.

1. There Have Been a Few Changes This Year, Including the Voting

According to Wikipedia:

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that it will implement online voting for its members to select the nominees. Winners for this year will still be voted on via paper ballots; online voting to determine the winners will not be used until 2015.

Voting isn’t the only change for the Emmy Awards this year, though. The Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category has been expanded to two categories, and two new categories have been added – Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. In addition, there’s a 2% rule.

A “2% rule” has been adopted in the comedy and drama series categories, wherein, a seventh nominee could be added to the respective categories if its total first-round votes are within 2% of the sixth place series.

2. A Tribute to Robin Williams Will Be Included in the Night’s Program

Each year, the Emmy Awards have an “In Memoriam” segment to remember those in Hollywood who we’ve lost this past year. After losing the incomparable Robin Williams, it’s been decided that there will be a special tribute to the actor. Other icons we’ve lost include Lauren Bacall, Shirley Temple, Harold Ramis, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

3. Seth Meyers Is the Host

So, how did Seth Meyers get chosen to be the host of the Emmys this year? Paul Telegdy, the President of Late Night and Alternative Programming, stated:

Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys.

According to Emmys.com:

Meyers won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for SNL host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue in 2011 and has 10 additional Emmy nominations for television writing to his credit.

4. Records Are Predicted to Be Broken This Year

In addition to the 2014 predictions, there’s also a possible record-breaker. Gold Derby writes:

If Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, it ties the record set by Frasier from 1994 to 1998 … And if “Breaking Bad” wins, it will the fourth Drama Series champ to prevail for its final season, following “The Defenders” (1965), “Upstairs Downstairs” (1977) and “The Sopranos” (2007).

Jim Parsons is expected to win Best Comedy Actor for the fourth time, which will set another record.

5. There Are Over a Dozen Events Surrounding the Awards

The awards ceremony isn’t the only event planned for celebration. Deadline has the full run-down of the schedule for you to keep tabs on your favorite celebrities, the goings-on, and more.

Directors Nominees Reception, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7-9 PM Directors Guild of America 7920 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

Writers Nominees Reception, Thursday, Aug. 21, 7-10 PM, TV Academy – Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5220 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

Audi Pre-Emmys Celebration, Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 PM, Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood.

Producers Nominee Reception, Friday, Aug. 22, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

CAA Pre-Emmy Party, Friday, Aug. 22, Bouchon, 235 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (time not provided; the event has taken place from 8 PM – 1 AM in the past)

BAFTA Tea Party, Saturday,Aug. 23, 2 PM- 5 PM, SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Performers Nominees Reception, Saturday, Aug. 23, 6:30-10 PM, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave At San Vicente

UTA Emmy Party, Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 PM, at the Brentwood home of UTA Managing Director Jay Sures and his wife, Molly Isaksen

WME Emmy Party, Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 PM-11 PM, at the Beverly Hills residence of partner Richard Weitz

Women in Film & Television Pre-Emmy Party with Variety, Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30-11:30 PM, Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood

Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party, Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 PM, Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood

ICM Partners Emmy Brunch, Sunday, Aug. 24, 11:30 AM, at the Santa Monica home of partner Chris Silbermann & Julia Franz

NBC Pre-Emmy Party, Sunday, Aug. 24, 5-9 PM Boa Stakehouse, 9200 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood

Showtime Emmy Eve Party, live performance by KT Tunstall, Sunday, Aug. 24, 7 PM, Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

The Evening Before The Emmys benefiting MPTF, Sunday Aug. 24, 8 PM, The Lawn At Century Park, 2029 Century Park East, Century City

Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball, Monday, Aug. 25, immediately following the ceremony, L.A. Convention Center

HBO Post-Awards Reception, Monday Aug. 25, 8PM, The Plaza At The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave At San Vicente

Fox, 20th TV, FX & National Geographic 2014 Emmy Award Nominees Party, Monday, Aug 25, 8 PM, Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles

AMC/IFC Emmy After Party, Monday, Aug. 25, 8:30 PM-2 AM, Boa, 9200 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Netflix Primetime Emmy Celebration, Monday, Aug. 24, 9 PM, Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, Submissions are not being accepted.