Emmys 2017: Noms & Predictions

For (self-proclaimed) television connoisseurs such as myself, nothing is more invigorating & nerve-racking than Emmy season. The fact is, television these days is good. Like really, really good. And the Emmys is the place where the best of the best hash it out, and water cooler debate scores are settled once and for all.

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“House of Cards”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”
My Pick: HANDMAID’S TALE
This is a tough category, no doubt about it. The biggest one, too. Better Call Saul and This Is Us have an uphill climb here competing against huge streaming services like Netflix & Hulu. And yes, Netflix did pull off some hits this year with Stranger Things and The Crown, but I think Hulu’s taking it home.
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Source: Hulu

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Atlanta”
“Black-ish”
“Master of None”
“Modern Family”
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”


My Pick: 
MASTER OF NONE
Master of None came out swinging this year and boy did it deliver! If season 1 was good then season 2 was EXCELLENT! Aziz Ansari is impossible to dislike and the style of this show is unlike anything else. Oh and did I mention it’s HILARIOUS?!
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Source: Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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”
My Pick: KEVIN SPACEY
Would it be nice for this award to go to fresh face? Yes. But as it stands Kevin Spacey is a freaking rockstar.
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Source: Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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”
My Pick: EVAN RACHEL WOOD
If you didn’t like Westworld as a series that’s perfectly ok. To tell you the truth, I didn’t care for it much. But one thing is undeniable — Evan Rachel Wood can act! This girl had to switch between a pre-programed sweet southern belle and an emotionless robot, and every stage in between. And she nailed it!
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Source: HBO GO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
My Pick: AZIZ ANSARI
Read above statement about Master of None. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see this award go to Donald Glover!
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Source: Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
My Pick: JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
Another tough category (because they’re all hilarious), but I’m giving my vote to the queen of the political comedy scene! Well… besides Kate McKinnon.
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Source: HBO GO

Outstanding Limited Series

“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Night Of”
“Genius”
My Pick: BIG LITTLE LIES
This one is virtually no competition. It’s going to win.
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Source: HBO GO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series

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”
My Pick: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
Look, if you’ve spent 5 minutes in a room with me, or opened my Twitter account on any given day, you’d know that Benedict Cumberbatch has my heart and soul and that Sherlock is my favorite show of all time. Now, that being said — we all know what a trainwreck Sherlock S4 was (need I pull this out again?: https://thegameofnerds.com/2017/02/05/an-open-essay-to-the-creators-of-sherlock/), but The Lying Detective was really fun (heartbreaking?) and above all, Benedict Cumberbatch stood his ground as one the current most sought-after celebs. This is easily Ben C.’s best performance ever (and I would know, I’ve watched him in everything), and he deserves this win even though S4 on the whole was a disaster.
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Source: BBC

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
My Pick: REESE WITHERSPOON
Hollywood’s golden girl strikes again! Reese Witherspoon gave a really brilliant performance in her television debut, and an Emmy win would mean a lot for her up and down career.
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Source: HBO GO

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
My Pick: LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN
James Corden has recently been the man of the (late night) hour, and for good reason. He’s a fun host with great segments, his most popular being Carpool Karaoke, which is getting it’s own show.
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Source: CBS

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”
My Pick: RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE
A reality-competition show about drag queens should win every award. All of them. Ever.
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Source: LogoTV
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Did your favorite shows make the list? Who do you want to win big this year? Tell us in the comments below! And watch the 69th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17th on CBS!
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Author: JaimeeRindy

I love good entertainment. I hope to make it someday!

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