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
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.
Outstanding Comedy Series
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?!
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Would it be nice for this award to go to fresh face? Yes. But as it stands Kevin Spacey is a freaking rockstar.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
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!
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Read above statement about Master of None. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see this award go to Donald Glover!
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
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.
Outstanding Limited Series
This one is virtually no competition. It’s going to win.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series
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.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
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.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
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.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
A reality-competition show about drag queens should win every award. All of them. Ever.