Stephen Colbert is hosting the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, September 17th (US) where television’s biggest shows over the last year get their dues, or more often than not where deserving shows get snubbed. Below you can find each of the key Emmy categories and my predictions for the winners/who I personally think should win/some complete uneducated guesstimates. We’ll get back to you with the winners next week.
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”)
Elisabeth Moss is phenomenal in the now-airing Top of the Lake, and is very good but almost-mute as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. She deserves it for best eye acting,
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”)
Please don’t give it to Anthony Hopkins, I know he’s an Oscar winning actor, but his acting in Westworld was mostly expository. Nothing against the other guys but Bob Odenkirk puts in an incredible performance year after year.
Limited Series Actress
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)
Limited Series Actor
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)
Should we give it to Turturro for most on-screen feet? Or to McGregor for playing two brothers? Again, some big names. Hollywood might just pick Robert De Niro.
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”)
Julia doesn’t need any more Emmy’s (seriously). Pamela Adlon has always been hilarious and deserves some recognition.
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)
Aziz was great in the second season of Master on None, but Donald Glover also seems like a surefire hit. Flips a coin: Aziz.
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)
Never seen it, but Twitter can’t be wrong: RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)
So many talk shows, who has time to watch all of them? John Oliver is really the only one I keep up with, even if he is becoming an almost parody of himself. Samantha Bee‘s out from the desk approach and all-out war on Trump should be rewarded.
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“Genius” (National Geographic)
I drifted off during Genius, and Fargo and The Night Of weren’t all that great either. It’s a toss up between Big Little Lies and Feud. Big Little Lies will probably get it.
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Silicon Valley was err… Silicon Valley this season, more of the same. Master of None, no question.
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
God, it feels like Stranger Things came out eons ago, and not just because of the 80’s aesthetic. It or Westworld will probably win. My heart belongs to Better Call Saul. But seriously, where is The Leftovers in this list?
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)
It feels like cheating to call a Black Mirror episode a television movie, but y’know what? I’d have to give it to San Junipero.
Variety Sketch Series
“Billy On The Street” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
Portlandia is always a good time. Have heard some good things about Armison’s other sketch vehicle, Documentary Now! but it does rely on you watching a lot of documentaries.
Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)
Shark Tank. I like the concept?
Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)
Eeny meeny… RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.
Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”)
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway)
Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior)
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”)
Snoop Dogg! I actually have no idea. Considering how much this show’s been talked about let’s go RuPaul.
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”)
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”)
Now, this is a tough category. Jeffrey Wright was interesting to watch, but it was a subdued performance. Lithgow’s performance was delightfully surprising as Winston Churchill. Gah! Give it to Lithgow.
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”)
A few Saturday Night Live nominations here, though I do tend to favour scripted shows, not that it’s not scripted.. you know what I mean! Kathryn Hahn has been an absolute delight on Transparent.
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”)
Tony Hale was my fave in Arrested Development. I have to admit I’ve fallen behind on Veep. But Tituss Burgess is a no-brainer.
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Judy Davis (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”)
From the little I saw of Big Little Lies, Laura Dern was firing on all cylinders. Also, her appearance on Twin Peaks might have swayed me.
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Bill Camp (“The Night Of”)
Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”)
David Thewlis (“Fargo”)
Stanley Tucci (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Michael K. Williams (“The Night Of”)
I love me some Michael K. Williams but his role in The Night Of was no Omar Little. David Thewlis was positively skin-crawling in this last season of Fargo.
You can view the full list of nominations here.