The Emmys’ road to online voting

We are done with the major movie awards season this year, Cannes, The Oscars, Golden Globes and even the MTV Movie Awards. It’s time to show TV land some love as The Emmy makes its way to our screens this August. There has been a lot of preparation going on behind the scenes but one major change the Television Academy has done involves the inclusion of online voting for the first time this season.

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Last November, the Academy it’s two-year rollout of online voting. Everyone Counts, the same company that handles the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ electronic voting operation, is in-charge of the Television Academy’s voting plans. Although the initial plans and execution had a rocky start in 2012, they are determined to make things go smoother this time around.

Online voting for the Emmys will only be available to its members this year only for the first round to select the Emmy nominees. The second round, in which the winners are chosen, will still be the traditional voting involving paper ballots and snail mail proposition. Next year, 2015, online voting will be used in both the selection of the nominees and the winners.

Unlike the Oscars, the Emmys let the peer groups decide who the winners are in their own categories. The awards and categories include for Best Actor for Drama/Comedy Series, Best Writer, Best Director and Best Cinematographer. Shows like Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and GIRLS are predicted to be nominated in their respective categories. There may be a strong contention among Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, “House of Cards, and Mad Men for Best Drama Series. TV history can be made and new records will be set if Breaking Bad and Modern Family both win this year.

“Late Night” host Seth Meyers will be hosting the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.