Macy also said he and wife Felicity Huffman have a fun night ahead

By Blake Bakkila
Updated September 18, 2016 01:05 PM
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William H. Macy is getting through the Primetime Emmy Awards with some liquid courage.

The Shameless star told PEOPLE about his awards night go-tos at Showtime’s Emmy Eve Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Saturday night.

The 12-time Emmy nominee mentioned that he requires three essentials going into any awards night.

“Yes, the three F’s: Food, bring a power bar, something like that. Flask, bring a little alcohol. Pharmaceuticals.”

This year marks Macy’s third Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role as Frank Gallagher in Shameless. He was also nominated for his roles in Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From The Stories of Stephen King, The Wool Cap and Stealing Sinatra, among others. He won two back-to-back awards in 2003 for writing and starring in TNT’s Door to Door.

Another important nominee for Macy is his wife, Felicity Huffman. Huffman is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Leslie Graham in ABC’s American Crime. Macy said if the night goes well, people can find the couple dancing the night away.

“Oh, we’re going to party!” he said about their nominations. “We get all dressed up. We’ll applaud Jeffrey Tambor and sometimes we like to go out to dinner just the two of us. We’re dressed to the nines so we go to Mozza or some place like that and have a lovely dinner, sometimes we invite some people – and she might win it, in which case we’ll be out all night dancing.

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And even a veteran actor like Macy takes time to appreciate one of TV’s biggest nights.

“I find when I go into those rooms for these award shows, I know a lot of the people,” he said. “They’re the best and the brightest. I have to pinch myself that I’m even invited to the party. It’s a dream come true.”

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Reporting by MARIAH HAAS