The Emmy nominations were announced this week, and their selections leave us to make some very difficult choices as to who should win. But choose we must, and here’s who we think will emerge victorious come this September 17, when the ceremony, hosted by SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will take place.
Best Drama Series
This is perhaps the tightest competition of the year, as 2017’s ceremony left Game of Thrones out of the running and paved the way for newcomer Handmaid’s Tale to easily walk away with the trophy. This year, the two titans will go head-to-head. The former has 22 nominations total in 2018, the latter 20. Ultimately, both are deserving recipients, but in the end, one feels much more timely and relevant in the current climate, also having come out much closer to the the actual voting deadlines, which is why we give the prize to: The Handmaid’s Tale.
Best Comedy Series
The Best Comedy Series Emmy hasn’t gone to someone other than Veep, Modern Family, or 30 Rock since 2006, with Veep holding the crown since 2015. But this year, Veep isn’t in the running, leaving a new champion open to victory. We predict: Atlanta.
Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jesse Plemons is a strong contender for his Black Mirror episode USS: Callister, as is Darren Criss for American Crime Story. But if John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar, he will EGOT. And we love an EGOT, plus: he was good! So: John Legend.
Best Actress in a Limited Series of Movie
We must always honor our High Queen: Laura Dern for The Tale.
Best Actor in a Comedy
We think Donald Glover will probably win, deservingly, but it would be fun to see some praise for Bill Hader in Barry.
Best Actress in a Comedy
It’s the first time Julia Louis-Dreyfus won’t win since Obama’s first term. Our money is somewhere between Issa Rae in Insecure and Allison Janney in Mom.
Best Actor in a Drama
Honestly, we’re not sure at all. But Westworld looks to be losing out in many other tight categories, so perhaps the award could go to Jeffrey Wright or Ed Harris, both nominated.
Best Actress in a Drama
It’s such a tough category, and every woman nominated deserves an Emmy. Claire Foy’s last chance for recognition from The Crown is this year, and Tatiana Maslany on Orphan Black is transcendent. But, ultimately, we know what we must do: Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale.
Best Limited Series / Movie
We’re going to go with The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Best Supporting Actor / Actress in a Comedy
We’ll be giving our SNL friends some love here: Kenan Thompson has been on the show since 2003, the longest of any cast member ever, and he deserves it. Similarly, we must honor our “mother,” Kate McKinnon.
Best Supporting Actor / Actress in a Drama
We’re betting Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones and Ann Dowd for Handmaid’s Tale, though Thandie Newton for Westworld would also work.