Emmy’s 2017: My Top Picks

It’s been quite a bit since I’ve made a post, but summer has come to a close and Fall TV season is just around the corner. You know what that means… our favorite shows will be back once again! And you know what else that means? Drumroll please… the 2017 Emmy’s! That’s right, TV’s biggest night is back and it just so happens to be TONIGHT at 8 PM (Eastern Time) on CBS.

In honor of tonight’s awards, here are my hopes and predictions:

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Should Win: Stranger Things. It’s no secret that this Netflix Original Series set the world of television ablaze with its incredible storyline, writing, and performances by a cast made primarily up of children. I myself loved it and feel that it deserves to be recognized for its sheer brilliance.

Will Win: This Is Us. This NBC drama has taken the world by storm and has proven that people love to watch stories about real people, giving them something to identify with, to look forward to, and to relate to. Although all of the nominees are worthy winners, I just don’t see anything beating out This Is Us.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Should Win: Why is Shameless not nominated?

Will Win: Atlanta. Although I have yet to see this series, from what I’ve heard it is beyond excellent and so it’s got my vote!

Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night of

Should Win: Big Little Lies. This limited series was as riveting as they come and delivered seven episodes of mysterious pleasure. I loved it.

Will Win: Big Little Lies. This show deserves it.

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

Should Win: As biased as I am towards the performances of Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us and Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan, I think Sterling K. Brown deserves it. His portrayal of “Randall Pearson” in This Is Us, an African American man adopted at birth by a white family trying to navigate his way through the ups and downs of life, is one of the most honest and heartfelt on television today.

Will Win: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us. Like I said, his performance is unlike any other currently on TV.

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

Should Win: Would you believe I have yet to see any of these shows? I’ve got to catch up! However, from what I hear, Elizabeth Moss is this year’s deserving winner.

Will Win: Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale.

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

Should Win: William H. Macy, Shameless. If you’ve been keeping up to date with this blog, then you already know what a huge fan I am of Shameless and there is no one I would like to see take home the gold more than William H. Macy. His portrayal of “Frank Gallagher,” an alcoholic father of six who has zero redeeming qualities to his name, is one of the finest I have seen.

Will Win: Donald Glover, Atlanta. Like I said, I’ve heard an awful lot about Atlanta lately and I think Donald Glover is going to be the one to take it.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Should Win: Jane Fonda or Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie. For those of you who have yet to see this Netflix Original, get ready for laughter and two incredible and equally talented performances by women who prove age is simply a number.

Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep. Dreyfus has been the queen of this category for quite some time and this year’s win would mark her sixth consecutive. Given the political climate, I just don’t see this year being the year Julia Louis-Dreyfus breaks her streak.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
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 Win: John Turturro, The Night Of. The Night Of received a lot of hype, although I was not a fan. However, the performances were well done. If I had to choose, I would give it to John Turtorro over Riz Ahmed simply because of his performance in the courtroom in the series finale.

Will Win: Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies. Come on… it’s DeNiro. The man’s a legend.

Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
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

Should Win: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone more serving of this award. After her portrayal of “Celeste Wright” in Big Little Lies, an abused mother of two, Nicole Kidman so elegantly embodies the life of a woman in a relationship marred by domestic abuse. Of all of the awards tonight, this is the one I am most rooting for. If by chance Nicole Kidman does not win, I will be so disappointed.

Will Win: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies. I’m pretty confident she’s got this one in the bag.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Should Win: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us. As much as I love David Harbor’s character in Stranger Things, it’s hard not to give it to Ron Cephas Jones for his work on This Is Us. His role as “William,” Randall’s estranged biological father, was one of the finest the show had to offer, and created for some of the most heart wrenching scenes in an already tear-soaked drama.

Will Win: I’m really not too sure about this one. I’m thinking it’s going to go to John Lithgow for his work on The Crown. From what I hear, he is excellent.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Should Win: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things. For a girl to be that talented at the age of 12, I think she is more than deserving. Millie Bobby Brown’s role of “Eleven” in Stranger Things shows the magnitude of just how good the show really is, and what a bright future she holds as a young actress.

Will Win: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things. While I think there’s a good chance it may go to Thandie Newton of Westworld, I think the academy would be silly not to recognize Millie Bobby Brown for her talent.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Should Win: I don’t have too much of an opinion on this one. May the best man win.

Will Win: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live. Again, given our political climate and all of the buzz that Baldwin has received this year already for this role, I think his win is a given.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Should Win: Again, not too much of an opinion on this one.

Will Win: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live. Like I said for Alec Baldwin, considering all of the buzz and praise McKinnon has received for her work on SNL, I think she is a definite frontrunner for tonight’s award.

 

Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

Should Win: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies. I’m obviously biased towards BLL, but Alexander Skarsgard was haunting.

Will Win: I’m shooting in the dark here, but I’m going to say Stanley Tucci in Feud: Bette and Joan. I haven’t seen it, but Tucci delivers an award winning performance in everything he’s in.

Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
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

Should Win: Laura Dern or Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies. Both delivered equally award-winning performances.

Will Win: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies. I think that Dern’s performance will outshine Woodley’s and she will come out the winner.

So, there you have it: My predictions for the 2017 Emmy Awards. What do you think? Who will take home television’s greatest honors? Tell me what you think, and don’t forget to tune in tonight, live on CBS.

 

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