Inside the Nokia Theatre, the celebrities are mingling and standing in the aisles as producer Don Mischer explains that Emmy winners won't see numbers ticking down on the prompter when their acceptance speeches ramble on.
Instead, they'll watch an upside-down red triangle slowly emptying like an hourglass.
"We are presenting 26 awards in two hours," he said. "For all the nominees, we are presenting more awards per hour than any of other awards show."
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