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Emmy Awards begin in Los Angeles

Stars are attending the 71st annual Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, walking down the purple carpet on a sweltering last day of summer.

Early arrivals included Jenny McCarthy and drama actor nominees Sterling K. Brown and Bob Odenkirk. Also early were Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, who is hosting Fox's Emmy pre-show.

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Jenny McCarthy arrives at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Records could be broken by Game of Thrones and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The HBO fantasy saga already has the most awards for a show in one season - 12 - and it's competing on Sunday in seven categories.

If Louis-Dreyfus wins top comedy actress honours for Veep, she'll have a total of nine Emmys, the most ever for a performer.

Other contenders to keep an eye on include Sandra Oh of Killing Eve and Billy Porter of Pose, both vying for top drama series acting awards.

Oh could become the actress of Asian descent to win in the category, and Porter could be the first openly gay actor to nab a trophy.

It's a sweltering 33 degrees Celsius with organisers turning on large overhead fans along the carpet and operating water elements to the scene.

 

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