Sunday, September 22, 2019

Final Emmy Winner Predictions


Tonight, I’ll be in southern Oregon fresh from an early start at Crater Lake National Park, watching the show from the comfort of my hotel room. It might not be as social as previous years, but I’m looking forward to an intimate opportunity to relax and enjoy what I hope will be a rewarding and engaging ceremony.

I feel like a good number of the categories are looking somewhat set, but there’s still a lot of chance for surprises. I’m up one from last year in terms of the guest acting categories that have been handed out, correctly picking Bradley Whitford for “The Handmaid’s Tale” but not foreseeing Cherry Jones, who I hadn’t remembered had only about a minute of screentime, for the same show. Since that series didn’t actually air this season, it’s only a threat in the directing and writing categories, though I can’t understand why “Holly” was chosen over the far superior season finale. On the comedy side, Luke Kirby and Jane Lynch both won for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is a big deal given that it’s the defending champion, even if most of their competition was from “Saturday Night Live.”

It’s hard to imagine anything defeating “Game of Thrones” for Best Drama Series, though I’d be thrilled if the least likely candidate – “Bodyguard” – pulled it off. Even though I didn’t want it at first, I’d also be happy for “Pose,” though that seems just as unlikely. On the comedy side, it would be wonderful for it to be “Fleabag,” though I loved “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and would be happy as long as “Veep” doesn’t take it for its final season. In the acting races, there’s no one I’m rooting for as strongly as in years past, though Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be a great choice. I’m mostly playing it safe and would love to be pleasantly surprised in a few races (Jodie Comer would be a great example). I just want it to be interesting and to see a diverse crowd of deserving actors rewarded.

In the limited series categories, I’ve actually watched a full hour of all the top nominees, and “When They See Us” is the only one I watched until the end. I’d love to see that pick up victories along with the underrated “A Very English Scandal,” which missed out on the top category despite directing and writing bids. I’ve seen exactly zero of the nominated TV movies, and will be watching those with only minimally more interest than the reality races.

As always, I’m excited for the show, and will post some brief reactions either immediately afterwards or the next morning. Enjoy the show, and leave your thoughts in the comments! For detailed predictions in all applicable categories, click on the hyperlinked category name.

No guts, no glory:
Marin Hinkle eclipses Alex Borsteing for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

DRAMA SERIES:
Game of Thrones

DRAMA LEAD ACTOR:
Billy Porter (Pose)

DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS:
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)

DRAMA DIRECTING
:
The Long Night (Game of Thrones)

DRAMA WRITING
:
The Iron Throne (Game of Thrones)

COMEDY SERIES:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR
:
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
:
Tony Hale (Veep)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

COMEDY DIRECTING:
All Alone (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

COMEDY WRITING
:
Episode 2.1 (Fleabag)

LIMITED SERIES:
When They See Us

TV MOVIE:
Deadwood: The Movie

TV MOVIE/LIMITED ACTOR:
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)

TV MOVIE/LIMITED ACTRESS:
Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)

TV MOVIE/LIMITED SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)

TV MOVIE/LIMITED SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)

TV MOVIE/LIMITED DIRECTING:
When They See Us

TV MOVIE/LIMITED WRITING:
When They See Us

COMPETITION PROGRAM:
RuPaul’s Drag Race

VARIETY TALK SERIES:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:
Saturday Night Live

VARIETY DIRECTING:
Saturday Night Live

VARIETY WRITING:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

1 comment:

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