It's Emmy Time! Jimmy Kimmel Hosts 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Promises Surprises

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Sep. 23 2012, Published 9:10 a.m. ET

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It's television's biggest night, and we're willing to bet the one question on all of the nominees' minds isn't "Will I win?" but rather, "What is Jimmy Kimmel planning?"

The late-night talk show host is making his debut as Emmy host for the 64th Annual Awards. He has already disclosed that he's planning something "very weird" for the show, something he described as "the biggest prank ever pulled, in terms of the number of people involved." Hmm. Any ideas? We have to admit we're at a loss, but we wonder just who exactly is involved in Jimmy's plan.

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Celebs set to present awards this evening include Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer and Kathy Bates, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Ron Howard, among others. We can definitely see Jon Hamm being involved in some hijinks, as well as Tina and her BFF Amy. But really, your guess is as good as ours!

Speaking of guesses, we're curious about your predictions for the winners, and also about who you are most looking forward to seeing on the red carpet! A quick refresher on the big races of the night is below, and don't forget to check back here the lowdown on who wore what (and who did it well and who looked like a bigger joke than whatever Jimmy's planning)!

Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Breaking Bad (HBO)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

Mad Men (AMC)

Comedy Series:

30 Rock (NBC)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Girls (HBO)

Modern Family (ABC)

Veep (HBO)

Lead Actress, Drama

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Glenn Close, Damages

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

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Lead Actress, Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly

Lead Actor, Comedy

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Louis C.K., Louie

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Lead Actor, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Jimmy Kimmel
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Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Supporting Actress, Drama

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

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Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Supporting Actor, Drama

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Giancarlo Espositio, Breaking Bad

Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Jared Harris, Mad Men

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones


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