It’s the most wonderful time of the year: fall TV season! Although most of my shows don’t come back in September (I’m just waiting for This Is Us this month), a new season of TV is one of the several reasons why I’m so drawn to autumn. Tomorrow, September 17, is the day of this year’s Emmy Awards, and anyone who knows me gets that awards shows are my Christmas.
The results of last week’s Creative Arts Emmys got me hyped and ready for tomorrow’s ceremony. Alexis Bledel of The Handmaid’s Tale and Gerald McRaney from This Is Us won there for the Guest Actors in Drama categories, and Bledel’s win probably thrilled any Rory-Jess shippers who are pulling for Milo Ventimiglia to win tomorrow. After the episode “Memphis,” Gerald McRaney in the Dr. K-centric episode of This Is Us was probably the greatest cause of tears for me.
Compared to previous years, I’ve watched a good amount of the Emmy-nominated shows this time around. I’m also so excited for Stephen Colbert to host, because I know firsthand that he puts on a good show. Before covering the ceremony over at Her Campus tomorrow, I wanted to make predictions for who I think will win in the Best Comedy, Best Drama, and Drama and Comedy acting categories. Here we go!
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
This Is Us
It seems that The Handmaid’s Tale taking this is all but unannounced. I’ve yet to watch it because I just haven’t been in the right mindset for such an intense show. I think it definitely deserves the recognition because of its politically relevant material, strong cast, and success on a streaming site that isn’t very known for its original programming. Although I’d love for The Crown to pull an upset win, I think This Is Us is the strongest contender after Handmaid’s Tale.
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep has a history of wins in its favor, and as we all saw with Modern Family‘s old winning streak, the Emmys love some repetition.
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Like with Best Drama, Elisabeth Moss seems to be a given for this category. I’ve read so many critics’ hopeful pitches for her win since she was nominated so many times for Mad Men and never won. Again, it’s no secret that I adore the royals and The Crown was like crack for me, and I think Claire Foy is absolutely amazing as Queen Elizabeth. I’d like to say she’s close behind Moss in this running, but Foy likely won’t win.
Also, let’s not talk about Mandy Moore and Rebecca talking to her unborn babies getting robbed of a nomination.
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Emotional and heartfelt doesn’t often win at the Emmys, but Sterling K. Brown as Randall should be the exception. For the longest time, I preferred Jack and Rebecca’s storylines to the kids’ present day on This Is Us and while I love that Ventimiglia got recognized, Randall somehow became the show’s heart and soul halfway through the season. Brown won an Emmy for The People v. OJ last year, right before This Is Us started. I wrote in last year’s Emmys recap that Brown seemed like a guy we’d be seeing a lot of soon, and it turns out I was right!
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
This category seems like a bit of a toss-up. Jeffrey Tambor has won the past two years, but the general consensus seems to be that his time has passed. I’ve read a lot of opinions that seem split between Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover as the biggest contenders, so my pick of Glover is sheerly based on seeing more resounding praise for his Atlanta work.
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Tracee Ellis-Ross, black-ish
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Again, the Emmys love repetition. Lily Tomlin and Pamela Adlon seem to be the greatest competition for Louis-Dreyfus, but I think she’s still due for more recognition.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Ron Cephas Jonas was brilliant in “Memphis,” but John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is phenomenal. My guess is that he has two more seasons left on the show, as Churchill died in 1965 and Season 2 supposedly will end in 1963. Given his incredible transformation into Churchill and that he’s an American playing a huge British figure so well, my guess is that Lithgow will snatch up this one.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
I find this group a little unpredictable too. Apart from her reaction when memories of Jack’s funeral are triggered, I’ve never been too impressed by Chrissy Metz’s acting, but her name seems to be in a lot of critics’ “Should / Will Win” columns. I’ve also seen plenty of support for Thandie Newton and Samira Wiley. So, I’m going for a longshot in this category and pulling for Millie Bobby Brown. I think it’s amazing that such a young actress was nominated and, from what I’ve heard about the show, did so much with very little lines.
Also, should I watch Stranger Things, guys? Apart from the first five seasons of Doctor Who, sci-fi has never been my thing and I’m not a huge fan of spookiness either. People’s obsession with it makes me torn about what to do!
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep
I adore Tituss Burgess in Kimmy Schmidt and I believe his time to accept that award will come. I’d love to see him win tomorrow, but the cultural impact of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump was tremendous. His work as that character will be referenced and studied for years to come.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Judith Light, Transparent
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Similar to Baldwin’s work, Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton is a portrayal for the history books. She also seems to be SNL‘s go-to person for anything a little risky or out-of-the-blue, and I think she’s starting to reach that stage where she may leave the show in a year or two for more movie or TV work.
What about you? Who are you rooting for at the Emmys?