Television's biggest night is upon us. The best of the best of TV will gather in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards to find out who will go home with gold and who will spend another year agonizing over what episode to send in for consideration for the next round of nominations.
There's a lot more than trophies at stake on Sunday night though. Several shows and people are on the precipice of making history. It can be hard to tell in a three-and-a-half-hour ceremony (and that's not even counting the action on the red carpet) where the big moments will be — but that's what you have TVGuide.com for. We've outlined our most anticipated moments of the 2016 Emmy Awards below.
1. Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! on the red carpet: You never know what people are going to wear or say on the red carpet — but People v O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has put everyone on alert that she'll be bringing Marcia Clark, the vilified prosecutor she played on the limited series, to the big show. Will they coordinate outfits? Will they bring out the famous perm wigs? Will they thrupple date with Ryan Murphy? We have no idea, but we're excited to hear about those pictures — and Clark's new legal drama happening at NBC.
2. Game of Thrones Emmy domination: Let's be clear, Game of Thrones will make history on Sunday night, it's just a question of how many records it will break and when. The HBO epic already holds the record for most series wins in a single year (12), but it is also poised to become the most-awarded program in a single year as well. HBO's John Adams mini-series currently holds that record at 13, but Game of Thrones has already nabbed 9 Creative Arts Emmys. If the show can sweep all five of the main-show categories it's nominated in (adding to the likelihood of a win are multiple nominations within some of those categories), it'll have 14 trophies and the record.
Sweeping the Emmys isn't a guarantee for Thrones, but they are also very close to becoming the most-awarded primetime series of all time. After last week's Creative Arts Emmys, Game of Thrones has taken home a total of 35 trophies, just two shy of Frasier's all-time record. The show is our favorite for at least three awards so put the champagne on ice — especially if they do it on a Kit Harrington win for Jon Snow's return from the dead in the Supporting Actor category.
3. Another Hall of Fame speech from Viola Davis (or Anthony Anderson): Viola Davis made history last year when she became the first black woman to win the Lead Actress in a Drama category, and her powerful acceptance speech went viral. She's poised for a possible repeat this year, despite How to Get Away with Murder's messier sophomore season.
If Viola should lose to The Americans' Keri Russell and House of Cardsfavorite Robin Wright, there's still a chance for Black-ish star Anthony Anderson to deliver the "Yaaaaas! PREACH!" speech of the show. Of the ABC comedy's three nominations (Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy series, Outstanding Comedy Series), Anderson has the best chance of bringing home the trophy. The actor is most known for his comedy antics, but he's nominated for the second season's most stunning episode, "Hope," which was about police brutality, so you can expect some powerful words and an exciting speech if he pulls out the win. Plus, he'd be the first black male to win the category in 31 years.
4. FX, television's most underrated network, will own the limited series categories: Both The People v. OJ and Fargo are the critics' top choices for all of the limited series categories from acting to writing and directing. It's been predicted by many that People v. OJ -- this year's most buzzed-about drama — will sweep the section (and deliver Sarah Paulson her first and very deserved Emmy trophy), but if it does get upset it'll be by critical darling Fargo. Both programs are prime examples of the ambitious and groundbreaking television that John Landgraf and FX have been producing for years. So whichever show takes the section, HBO is going to have to white-knuckle it through this category and we're really okay with that.
5. Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus five-peat record: Selina Meyer may have lost the presidency this season on Veep, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going for her fifth lead comedy actress win in a row — and she's the favorite to take it. No one has had that many repeat victories in the category before, but another trophy would also make her the most-celebrated actress in the category in Emmy history as she's currently tied with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore with five wins each (Dreyfus has a previous win for The New Adventures of Old Christine).
6. The Potential Fall of the Jon Stewart Variety Talk Series dynasty: For 13 years straight, either The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or its spin-off Colbert Reporthas won Best Variety Talk Series. This year, Daily Show alum John Oliver could keep it in the family with Last Week Tonight-- but he's got competition.
Thanks to the Academy's switch to a popular vote, The Late Late Show with James Corden is also a top contender for the award. Oliver picked up two Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, including variety series writing, but Corden matched that trophy number thanks to the Late Late Show's viral "Carpool Karaoke" segment. As our senior editor Joyce Eng already pointed out, this contest will come down to whether Emmy voters are feeling "cool and cerebral" or "hot and popular."
What are you most looking forward to at the Emmys this year?
The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and air Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on ABC.