The 69th annual Emmy Awards are almost here! After a lot of campaigning — the most intense campaigning ever, in fact, which had networks like Netflix renting out a 24,000 sq. ft. space to show off its programming and Hulu sending "handmaids" to walk the streets of Los Angeles -- the time has come for television's finest talents to stand on stage and pretend they didn't have a speech ready.
The Emmys are — spoiler alert — a huge deal for actors, producers, writers and the throngs of people who make the shows we love; but it's also a huge production in itself. Here are some of the eye-popping numbers that offer just a tiny peek into all the tears, sweat and money that got poured into what you'll see this year.
2: Number of new categories this year, including Outstanding Music Supervision (which honors contributions made by music supervisors) and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series (for casting directors who assemble casts for reality shows).
4: Number of shows tied with another show for nominations.
(Saturday Night Live and Westworld have 22; Feud: Bette and Joan and Stranger Things have 18; Big Little Lies and Fargo have 16; The Crown and The Handmaid's Tale have 13.)
5.5: Hours it takes to make an Emmy.
6: Weight of an Emmy, in pounds.
6: Number of Emmys host Stephen Colbert is nominated for.
6: Number of nominations received by the Oscars.
7: Number of nominations received by RuPaul's Drag Race.
11: Number of Emmy hosts who've won an Emmy the same year they hosted.
0: Number of Emmy hosts who've won more than one Emmy the same year they hosted, which means Colbert would make Emmy history if he wins more than one.
14: Number of nominees up against a co-star from the same show
Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange from Feud: Bette and Joan; This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia; Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie; Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley from The Handmaid's Tale; Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley of Big Little Lies; Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman from Feud; Nicole Kidman vs. Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies.
18: Number of people of color nominated in major categories — same as last year!
(Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder, Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us. Riz Ahmed, The Night Of; Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Black-ish; Aziz Ansari, Master of None; Donald Glover, Atlanta); Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live; Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us; Jeffrey Wright, Westworld; Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black; Thandie Newton, Westworld; Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale; Michael K. Williams, The Night Of; Regina King, American Crime; RuPaul Charles, Drag Race; W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America: With W. Kamau Bell)
69: How many Primetime Emmy Awards ceremonies have been held. Nice.
81: Degrees, Fahrenheit: forecasted temperature in Los Angeles on Emmy day, 2017 — a nine degree difference from 2016, when temps hit 90 degrees...making for a very sweaty red carpet.
231: Number of nominations Saturday Night Live has received in its history, making it the most nominated show ever.
400: Average price, in dollars, of an Emmy statue (which, by the way, isn't really gold but a bunch of metals then dipped in gold. Winners actually have to buy it if they want to take it home, too.)
700: Degrees at which virgin metal is baked before poured into a mold.
22,000: Members of the Television Academy voting on who'll win.
11.3 million: number of people who watched the 2016 Emmys -- a new low.
40 million: High estimate on how many dollars networks will spend to try and win an Emmy.
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, airs Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8/7c on CBS.
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