British and American stars of the Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Game of Thrones attend BAFTA party

The stars and creators of the Emmy-nominated television shows Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Game of Thrones attend BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 19, 2015) (REUTERS) – British and American stars of Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Game of Thrones and other Emmy-nominated television shows attended the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party on Saturday (September 19).

The annual event takes place one day before the annual Primetime Emmy Awards which is being held on Sunday (September 20) this year. BAFTA LA hosted a bevy of actors and writers including Edie Falco, Niecy Nash, Armando Iannucci, Stephen Merchant and Sophie Turner.

Edie Falco, star of ‘Nurse Jackie’ is tied with Angela Lansbury for the most lead actress Emmy nominations.

“I just do what I do and I am very excited to see the content that comes from the minds of writers and showrunners and show creators and I tend to kind of work my excitement around those ideas. I don’t have the impetus to really be a writer or creator so I don’t really know, like something like Transparent comes on and I think oh wow great, what a great story,” Falco told Reuters. She is nominated for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series’ this year.

The biggest prize in the TV industry looks like a close race between “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones,” for ‘Best Drama Series’.

“I want us to win, I don’t want them to win, no but I think it is their last season. I’ve never seen Mad Men so I don’t have that emotional connection but Jon Hamm is a beautiful man so sure give him the award,” Sophie Turner who stars in Game of Thrones joked about the stiff competition.

“Game of Thrones” – the fantasy series based on the books of George R.R. Martin has a huge fan base and a leading 24 nominations overall. It has never won the top award in four years on the air.

Downton Abbey, the popular TV series that has previously won in the category and is nominated this year, looks unlikely to take home a win this year.

“Remember we’ve won quite a few now and that gives you a little bit more of a philosophical take, personally I think that this is going to be the year of Mad Men because it’s finished I think it’s a fabulous show, I absolutely love it. And I mean if they win everything I’m not sure that would be such a bad thing so I wish them luck,” Julian Fellowes, writer of the historical drama program said.

“Mad Men” – the 1960s advertising show ended in May. If it wins on Sunday, it will make Emmy history as the winningest drama ever, with a record five victories.

“You know the first time we went, we went on the red carpet and no one even took their pictures and here I am surrounded by these people with incredible careers and I think they brought a lot of glamour to this award just in their personas,” Matthew Weiner, writer and producer of Mad Men said.

“Veep,” the satirical look at dysfunctional White House politics aired its fourth season just as the 2016 U.S. presidential race was heating up.

“Sometimes we write stories on Veep that I reject because I think they are too silly and unbelievable and then find you something really like it really happened so trying to keep up with reality is a little bit tricky at the moment I think,” Armando Iannucci, writer and producer of Veep said.

Diversity continues to be an entertainment industry issue but with more platforms for television programs to be viewed on, more competitive content is exploring more regions and stories than ever before said Emmys’ nominee Niecy Nash.

“I think what’s been exciting to see is that they are bringing in those different regions in terms of representation and the stories that are being told from the different regions from Marco Polo to House of Cards to Orange is the New Black to now a Narco coming out and I think it’s been exciting to see how it’s sorta braided our human family and woven it together into a really wonderfully eclectic, there’s a commonality there, you’re able to see different stories and see our relationship to each other in a way that I don’t think we necessarily had seen before,” Niecy Nash said.

‘Actress in a Drama Series’ is a race between two actresses of color. No African-American actress has ever won an Emmy in this category

Viola Davis, the leading actress in “How to get Away With Murder,” missed out on an Oscar in 2012 for “The Help” and here she plays tough but vulnerable criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating who’s not above bending the law.

“Empire,” the hit series about a hip-hop family business, was snubbed in the best drama category but Taraji P. Henson is nominated for playing strong-willed matriarch Cookie Lyon.

Regardless of whether one or neither of these women in this category actor Malcolm Jamal Warner only sees the result as furthering the conversation.

“I don’t know if it will so much be a setback, but either way whether they win or not, it will be both be topics of discussion,” Warner said. Warner starred in the hit television show ‘The Cosby Show’.

Stephen Merchant who is nominated but expects no wins on Sunday called the Emmys ‘their kind of end of the year party’ for television.

“I embrace them as what they are, I mean every industry has their kind of end of the year party, right, you know. And I am sure if you’re in the double-glazing business or the swimming pool industry I’m sure they give awards for the best water filter of the year, and I feel like it’s the same thing for us, it’s just that people take more pictures of us,” Merchant said.

The Emmys will air on Sunday (September 20).