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Emmy Picks: Who Should Win 2018

Ah, Emmy season. The time when top shows battle it out to prove who’s really the best in the business. In this day and age, television is the premium entertainment medium, and with each passing year the competition grows harder and the prize more coveted. So who do we think deserves the gold? Read & find out:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans (FX)
The Crown (Netflix)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Westworld (HBO)

OUR PICK: The Handmaid’s Tale
This show surprised us all with big wins last year, and honestly nothing could top it this year. 

Outstanding comedy series
Atlanta (FX)
Barry (HBO)
Black-ish (ABC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
GLOW (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

OUR PICK: Atlanta
Atlanta is a work of genius, plain and simple.

 

Outstanding limited series
The Alienist (TNT)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
Godless (Netflix)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)

OUR PICK: Patrick Melrose
An absolute masterclass in cinematic storytelling, poignant and powerful, must-watch television.

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

OUR PICK: Sandra Oh
I’m extremely excited about this nomination because Sandra Oh has been killing it on television for years and her performance in Killing Eve really proves she’s got the right stuff. 

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

OUR PICK: Jeffrey Wright

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

OUR PICK: Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton is so much fun to watch on Westworld. I’ve always thought her character was the most interesting, and she brings a real life to that performance. 

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Matt Smith (The Crown)

OUR PICK: David Harbour
I didn’t think I could love Hopper more in season 2 than I did in season 1, but I was proved very wrong. David Harbour is incredible. 

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series
Viola Davis (Scandal)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)
Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

OUR PICK: Samira Wiley

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series
F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)
Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)
Matthew Goode (The Crown)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Gerald McRaney (This Is Us)
Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)

OUR PICK: Matthew Goode

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie)

OUR PICK: Issa Rae

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
William H. Macy (Shameless)

OUR PICK: Donald Glover

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
Megan Mullally (Will And Grace)

OUR PICK: Kate McKinnon

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

OUR PICK: Alec Baldwin

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)
Molly Shannon (Will And Grace)
Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)

OUR PICK: Tiffany Haddish

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series
Sterling K. Brown (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Bryan Cranston (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Donald Glover (Saturday Night Live)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Katt Williams (Atlanta)

OUR PICK: Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston is a Grade A actor who can do basically anything. But I’d also love to see Lin-Manuel Miranda win this category. 

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

OUR PICK: Laura Dern
The Tale is a piece of unforgettable TV. Laura Dern’s performance is nothing short of harrowing.

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert)
Jesse Plemons (USS Callister: Black Mirror)

OUR PICK: Benedict Cumberbatch
This would be his first Emmy for something other than Sherlock, and while that makes me kind of sad, I also know that he put his heart and soul into this role. 

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert)
Penelope Cruz (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Judith Light (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult)
Merritt Wever (Godless)
Letitia Wright (Black Mirror (Black Museum)

OUR PICK: Letitia Wright
She’s just amazing.  

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Jeff Daniels (Godless)
Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
John Leguizamo (Waco)
Finn Wittrock (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Ricky Martin (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower)

OUR PICK: Finn Wittrock

Outstanding variety talk series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
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)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

OUR PICK: The Late Late Show With James Corden

Outstanding variety sketch series
At Home With Amy Sedaris (TruTV)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

OUR PICK: Portlandia

Outstanding reality competition series
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

OUR PICK: Top Chef

Outstanding structured reality program
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Fixer Upper (HGTV)
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Shark Tank (ABC)
Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

OUR PICK: Queer Eye
I mean there’s really no question here. 

Outstanding unstructured reality program
Born This Way (A&E)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Intervention (A&E)
Naked And Afraid (Discovery Channel)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

OUR PICK: United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program
Kamau Bell (United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell)
Ellen Degeneres (Ellen’s Game Of Games)
RuPaul (Rupaul’s Drag Race)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)

OUR PICK: Kamau Bell
I really want Kamau Bell to win something. He’s a genius. 

Outstanding TV movie
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Flint (Lifetime)
Paterno (HBO)
The Tale (HBO)
USS Callister (Black Mirror) (Netflix)

OUR PICK: The Tale
See aforementioned comment on Laura Dern.   

Outstanding variety special (live)
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs (HBO)
The Oscars (ABC)

OUR PICK: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert 

Outstanding variety special (pre-recorded)
Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special (CBS)
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018 (CBS)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated) (TBS)
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (Netflix)

OUR PICK: Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

Outstanding informational series or special
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (A&E)
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic)
Vice (HBO)

OUR PICK: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Rest In Peace to this beautiful soul, may he earn one last win. 

Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series
American Masters (PBS)
Blue Planet II (BBC America)
The Defiant Ones (HBO)
The Fourth Estate (Showtime)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

OUR PICK: Wild Wild Country
If you didn’t binge this on Netflix who even are you?

Outstanding animated series
Baymax Returns (Disney XD)
Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
The Simpsons (FOX)
South Park (Comedy Central)

OUR PICK: Rick and Morty

Outstanding children’s program
Alexa & Katie (Netflix)
Fuller House (Netflix)
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

OUR PICK: Fuller House 

Outstanding directing in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Stephen Daldry (The Crown)
The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
Jeremy Podeswa (Game Of Thrones)
Daniel Sackheim (Ozark)
Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones)

OUR PICK: The Duffer Brothers
The visuals in Stranger Things are like 50% of what makes it amazing. 40% the cast, 10% the story.

Bill Hader (Barry)
Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)
Hiro Murai (Atlanta)
Jesse Peretz (GLOW)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

OUR PICK: Hiro Murai 

Outstanding directing in a variety series
Andre Allen (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)
Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia)
Jim Hoskinson (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
Tim Mancinelli (The Late Late Show With James Corden)
Paul Pennolino (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver)

OUR PICK: Carrie Brownstein

Outstanding directing in a limited series or movie
Scott Frank (Godless)
David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)
Barry Levinson (Paterno)
Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose)
Ryan Murphy (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Craig Zisk (The Looming Tower)
David Lynch (Twin Peaks)

OUR PICK: Edward Berger
Patrick Melrose is STUNNING. If you haven’t seen this show, you need to.

Outstanding writing in a drama series
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones)
The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Peter Morgan (The Crown)
Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve)

OUR PICK: Pheobe Waller-Bridge

Outstanding writing in a comedy series
Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)
Alec Berg and Bill Hader (Barry)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Sefani Robinson (Atlanta)
Liz Sarnoff (Barry)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

OUR PICK: Alec Berg and Bill Hader

Outstanding writing in a variety series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Night With Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

OUR PICK: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie
Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus (American Vandal)
Scott Frank (Godless)
David Nicholls (Patrick Melrose)
Tob Rob Smith (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
David Lynch and Mark Frost (Twin Peaks)
William Bridgers and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister (Black Mirror))

OUR PICK: David Lynch and Mark Frost
Gotta give credit to the bizarre and beautiful Twin Peaks reboot. They kept it true for fans, and then upped their game. 

To find out who wins, watch the 70th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018. 

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