The Emmy Awards air this Sunday night on CBS. Stephen Colbert will host the show live from the Microsoft theater in Los Angeles, California.
If you follow me, you know I watch a lot of TV. This year was exceptional with really great shows, limited series and performances. Below is a list of nominees in each category. I’ve bolded who should win, but who will win is listed below every category. Check back Sunday night to see how I did!
Better Call Saul, AMC
The Crown, Netflix
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
House of Cards, Netflix
Stranger Things, Netflix
This Is Us, NBC
Will Win: This is Us
Better Call Saul and The Crown had the strongest seasons of any listed shows, but This Is Us is a network hit and critical darling poised for their moment.
Master of None, Netflix
Modern Family, ABC
Silicon Valley, HBO
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix
Will win: Veep
Silicon Valley is genuinely funny and filled with wonderful performances but is consistently overlooked. Donald Glover’s Atlanta is fantastic and has a shot of taking the prize, but perennial favorite Veep always ends up on top at award shows.
Lead actor, drama series
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC)
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld (HBO)
Will Win: Sterling K. Brown
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy/Saul is one of the most understated, honest and beautiful performances in the last few years. Award shows unfortunately don’t give out trophies for that type of performance and will favor the highly emotional Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us.
Lead actress, drama series
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld (HBO)
Will Win: Elisabeth Moss
Moss has all the momentum for her performance in The Handmaid’s Tale, but if you’re comparing ‘good’ acting Foy is by far superior. It’s more difficult to take on a real person (who is still alive) as opposed to a fictional character. Foy nails it as young Queen Elizabeth and deserves recognition.
Lead actor, comedy series
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets (FX)
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Will Win: Donald Glover
Donald Glover is wonderful in Atlanta, but I’d love to see Galifianakis rewarded for his exceptional work in Baskets.
Lead actress, comedy series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Veep and Louis-Dreyfus are unstoppable at award shows, and this year will likely stay the same. Tracee Ellis Ross often plays the ‘straight man’ in comedies, a more difficult role than the clown. Her timing and acting is impeccable but she’s often overshadowed by co-star Anthony Anderson. Her acting against his is what makes the show work.
Supporting actor, drama series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
John Lithgow, The Crown (Netflix)
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (HBO)
Will Win: John Lithgow
This category is stacked, but Lithgow was unbelievable as Winston Churchill in The Crown. I can’t see the academy voting for anyone else.
Supporting actress, drama series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Will Win: Chrissy Metz
Hollywood loves to give recognition to ‘outsiders’ like Metz but Thandie Newton should take home a trophy for her remarkable work in Westworld. In a show full of heavy hitters (Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood), she gave the best performance.
Supporting actor, comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)
Will Win: Alec Baldwin
I’d be happy to see Louie Anderson, Tony Hale or Matt Walsh take it too, but Tituss Burgess gave the funniest performance of the year in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I can’t be the only one bored with Baldwin’s Trump can I? If they’re going to give an award to a Trump impersonator, it should go to Anthony Atamanuik.
Supporting actress, comedy series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent (Amazon)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)
Will Win: Kate McKinnon
McKinnon is funny but Bayer is an unsung hero. She’s been looked over at SNL and by critics during most of her tenure on the show, but she’s REALLY funny and deserves some recognition for her versatile performance.
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Genius (National Geographic)
The Night Of (HBO)
Will Win: Big Little Lies
Although Feud and The Night Of were fantastic, Big Little Lies knocked it out of the park with compelling storytelling and fantastic performances.
Lead actor, limited series or movie
Ewan McGregor, Fargo (FX)
Geoffrey Rush, Genius (National Geographic)
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)
John Turturro, The Night Of (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece/PBS)
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Will Win: Robert De Niro
Riz Ahmed had a breakout performance in The Night Of but the academy loves when movie stars like De Niro do television projects.
Lead actress, limited series or movie
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Carrie Coon, Fargo (FX)
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Will Win: Nicole Kidman
This one was the most difficult for me to choose. Kidman was the standout performance in the best series of the year, among wonderful acting by her co-stars. I loved Feud: Bette and Joan and Jessica Lange’s performance as Joan Crawford completely broke my heart. I’d be fine to see her take it, but it’s Kidman’s time.
Supporting actor, limited series or movie
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies (HBO)
David Thewlis, Fargo (FX)
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Bill Camp, The Night Of (HBO)
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of (HBO)
Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard
Tucci was entertaining in Feud: Bette and Joan, but Skarsgard gave depth and a fully fleshed out character to a part that could have easily been a stereotype.
Supporting actress, limited series or movie
Regina King, American Crime (ABC)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Will Win: Laura Dern
Dern gave a scene stealing performance in Big Little Lies and will take home the trophy. Davis and Hoffman will split the Feud supporter votes, and King has won a few times in recent years. Dern has been nominated for five Emmys but never took one home. This is her year.
Agree or disagree with my picks?? Sound off in the comments!