The nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were just announced. Without further ado, my picks for who will take home the trophy.
Outstanding Drama Series
- The Americans
- Better Call Saul
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Mr. Robot
Will Win: Game of Thrones. The sixth season of this mega hit was arguably it’s best and had the best 20 minutes of television this year in the season finale. Can’t see any show taking this one down.
Should Win: Game of Thrones. It’s nice to see a criminally underrated show like The Americans get recognition, and Mr. Robot is the next breakout hit but this year there is no stopping Thrones. King of the North? More like King of the Emmy’s, amiright?! (I’m so sorry).
Snub: The Leftovers. A show that was forced to stick to the source material in the first season found new life in it’s second season.
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Master of None
- Modern Family
- Silicon Valley
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Will Win: Black-ish. After the controversy of #OscarsSoWhite the Emmy’s made a great job of nominating a diverse group of shows and actors. Black-ish has the benefit of being a hysterically funny and deserving show with the added benefit of having a black cast. It seems like a safe pick this year.
Should Win: Veep. In my opinion the funniest show on television. The actors nominated will hopefully take home some individual awards throughout the night. Nice to see a show like Master of None get love it’s first season.
Snub: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This show will never get nominated but it’s fun to imagine. At least the Big Bang Theory was nominated.
Outstanding Limited Series
- American Crime
- The Night Manager
- American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
Will Win: American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson. A show that surprised a lot of people this year after it’s casting was mocked early on. After a great OJ documentary on ESPN the voters will still have this show on their minds.
Should Win: Toss Up. “Simpson” was the most talked about show but all of the nominees are deserving. The Night Manager could sneak in there.
Snub: The Night Of. Okay, technically it’s not even eligible and has only aired one episode but wow, that show has so much potential. I’m predicting a 2017 win for it in this category.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
- Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
- Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Matthew Rhys, The Americans
- Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan
- Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
Will Win: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot. A relative unknown before the series started, Malek is quickly becoming a household name because of his performance as the paranoid, schizophrenic hacker, Elliot.
Should Win: Matthew Rhys, The Americans. One of the best shows no one is watching finally gets nominated and one of the main reasons is because of it’s outstanding cast, lead by Rhys.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
- Taraji P. Henson, Empire
- Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
- Keri Russell, The Americans
- Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Will Win: Keri Russell, The Americans. A weaker lineup of nominees and a critically acclaimed show needing some recognition after years of being overlooked will lead to Russell taking home the trophy.
Should Win: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black. She plays like 12 characters on the show. That should be worth something.
Snub: Eva Green, Penny Dreadful. I’ve never seen the show but people seem to like her performance.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
- Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
- Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
- Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
- Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones
- Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Will Win: Kit Harington, Game of Thrones. THE KING OF THE NORTH! THE KING OF THE NORTH!
Should Win: Johnathan Banks, Better Call Saul. He’s been the rock that holds both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul together. Give this man what he’s earned.
Snub: Cristian Slater, Mr. Robot. Maybe Mr. Robot himself will hack the ballots and enter himself into consideration.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
- Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
- Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
- Maura Tierney, The Affair
- Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
- Constance Zimmer, UnREAL
Will Win: Lena Headey, Game of Thrones. I’m scared if she doesn’t win that she will blow up the whole theater will Wildfire.
Should Win: Lena Headey, Game of Thrones. The show has had it’s fair share of memorable villains but none as conniving and long lasting as Cersei.
Snub: Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones. I would have picked her over Maisie Williams as the better supporting actress from the show. Actually the the biggest snub was the actress who player the little Momont queen. Stole every scene she was in.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
- Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
- Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth
- William H. Macy, Shameless
- Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
- Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Will Win: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish. Always the funniest character in any production he has been in and has finally found his star-making vehicle in Black-ish.
Should Win: Anyone. Whoever wins at least won’t be Jim Parsons. I think even he was beginning to question how he kept winning for playing the same one note, stereotypical, unfunny, annoying, shrill, and downright stupid character. Sorry Jim, you seem like a nice guy in real life. I would happily play Sheldon Cooper if I was making over a million an episode too.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
- Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
- Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
- Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
- Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie
Will Win: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish. I’m going with a Black-ish sweep this year. Why not?
Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep. I don’t care how many times she has won this award, she is above and beyond anyone the funniest woman (maybe person) on television right now.
Snub: The baby of Zooey Deschanel. As much as I love New Girl, those episodes where she missed due to her pregnancy were the best of the season. Thanks baby for helping out.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
- Louie Anderson, Baskets
- Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family
- Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Tony Hale, Veep
- Keegan Michael-Key, Key & Peele
- Matt Walsh, Veep
Will Win: Tony Hale/Matt Walsh, Veep. Hale won last year so he’s the front runner, but Walsh’s arc trying to adopt a Chinese baby this year was a roller-coaster.
Should Win: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Captain. Raymond. Holt. No one else could play this role half as good as Braugher does.
Snub: Timothy Simmons, Veep. Probably frowned upon to nominate three actors from the same show but Simmons delivered one of the best lines I’ve every heard on television (pardon the vulgarity and hilarity), “I’m eating so much pussy I’m shitting clits son.” Genius. All the better that it’s uttered in a room full of school children.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
- Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
- Allison Janney, Mom
- Judith Light, Transparent
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Niecy Nash, Getting On
Will Win: Allison Janney, Mom. The Emmy’s can’t ignore every show that’s on CBS while it broadcasts itself on that network.
Should Win: Either actress, Transparent. The show constantly upsets for reason and this would be the category has has the best chance to do so this year.
Snub: Kaitlin Olsen, It’s Always Sunny in Philidephia. The most snubbed show in the history of television. Maybe Olsen didn’t get nominated because the Emmy’s don’t consider birds actresses.