Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Emmy Nominees: Best Drama Series

My predictions: 5/8

Last year, there were eight likely contenders and there ended up being eight nominees. This year, there were many more than that and what resulted is a surprising list that doesn’t quite match how other categories played out. For instance, “The Morning Show” got eight nominations but isn’t here. “Westworld” got eleven and isn’t here either. The Mandalorian is the real surprise, mainly because just one of its fourteen other bids is for something that’s not technical. Stranger Things, which netted zero acting nominations, is also here, which I’m all for even though most don’t seem to have loved season three. Killing Eve did better than expected despite minimal buzz. The Handmaid’s Tale got ten nominations and Better Call Saul got seven, even though they both missed in some important categories, namely their lead actors. The Crown did well with thirteen, second only to Ozark and Succession, both of which scored eighteen bids. I have to watch “The Mandalorian” but overall this category is fine, even if I would have kept in “Pose,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld” over some of the others.

What should win? From what I’ve seen, I’d choose “The Crown” at this point.
What will win? Given its juggernaut status, I think Succession is far enough ahead of its closest competition, “Ozark” and “The Crown.”

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