Award show nominations are fun and all, but the real joy of entertainment competitions is seeing who actually comes out victorious. That's why we've already started trying to figure out who will win
the 2017 Emmys. With the award show only days away now, it's possible to start reading the tea leaves and predict who will head home with a statue on September 17.
This year's Emmys are packed with tons of talent as
leads the scripted TV categories, with personal favorites like Westworld , The Handmaid's Tale , Big Little Lies , and Atlanta also cleaning up well. Yes, the Television Academy voters are really supposed to figure out who reigns supreme among this stacked list of series. That is what makes predicting the winners all the more difficult.
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To start off on this tough journey as Emmy oracles, we've decided how the acting races will likely end. Will it be Riz Ahmed or Ewan McGregor? Elisabeth Moss or Viola Davis? There's only one way to find out: scroll through the gallery to find out which stars you'll probably see thank the (TV) Academy very soon.
Outstanding Comedy Series Atlanta Black-ish Master of None Modern Family Silicon Valley Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Who should win: Atlanta gave viewers an invisible car, an entire episode dedicated to a Black version of PBS — complete with ridiculously pitch-perfect commercials — and Black Justin Bieber. Who doesn’t want to imagine a world where The Biebs is a bratty, but beloved, young Black man? When Atlanta wasn’t proving to be one of the most daring comedies on TV, it was serving up more pathos than viewers knew what to deal with thanks to moving stories about Earn (Donald Glover) and his complex relationship with his kinda-ex, and this mother of his child, Van (Zazie Beetz). Who will win: Top comedies honors usually go to a show in streaks. Modern Family won for five years straight, and before it, 30 Rock took home the Emmy three years in a row. Now, it seems Veep is the heir apparent to the Emmy’s comedy streak. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led show has one for two years running, and there’s absolutely no reason not to expect it’ll win its third, much-deserved, statue in 2017.
Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul The Crown The Handmaid’s Tale House of Cards Stranger Things This Is Us Westworld Who should win: No show felt more necessary this year, specifically, thank Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopian drama often read less like an hour of Hulu-peddled entertainment every week and more like a dark prophecy of what could happen to society if our more dangerous politicians get their way. Plus, every single person working on Handmaid’s brought their A-game, from the cast to the costumers to the directors. Who will win: This award tends to go to the most prestigious TV show of all the prestigious TV shows. Right now, that means Westworld with its insane budget, high-minded philosophical questions, and obsession-worthy plot.
Outstanding Limited Series Big Little Lies Fargo Feud: Bette and Joan The Night Of Genius Who should win: Like many recent limited series, Big Little Lies came complete with the kind of pedigree previously saved for the silver screen. The HBO drama boasts the stacked cast of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Alexander Skarsgard, and it was solely directed by the Oscar-nominated Jean-Marc Vallée, who also helmed Dallas Buyers Club. Not only did Lies create a wild amount of buzz with its premiere, it managed to maintain it through seven episodes. And it only got better the longer it was on. It’s no wonder fans are desperate for a second season. Who will win: Let’s not play. This is Big Little Lies’ year.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Billy On The Street Documentary Now! Drunk History Portlandia Saturday Night Live Tracey Ullman’s Show Who should win: Keep your Will Ferrells and Adam Sandlers. My favorite Saturday Night Live alum is Bill Hader and it always will be. Bill Hader could read the phonebook and I would laugh (and not only because it’s hilarious to think someone could track down a phonebook). Hader and fellow ex SNL star Fred Armisen are cranking out perfect comedic mini-movies on the weekly with their IFC gem Documentary Now! If the series actually won an Emmy, maybe more people would actually watch it. Who will win: Comedy central took home the Emmy previously with Inside Amy Schumer and Key And Peele. But, Saturday Night Live didn’t feel that necessary before this year. Since election mania took over America, and Donald Trump subsequently became President Of The United States, the sketch show has turned into our vehicle for a weekly dose of national catharsis.
Outstanding TV Movie Black Mirror: San Junipero Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Sherlock: The Lying Detective The Wizard Of Lies Who should win: Netflix is giving viewers audacious, mind-blowing content on the regular with Black Mirror — and San Junipero is the series’ most audacious, mind-blowing installment. It’s time for Netflix to break into this category. Who will win: Since the new millennium began, this award has gone to HBO 13 out of 16 times. PBS managed to wrestle it out of the premium cable network’s grasp twice, while TNT won gold once. So, it’s safe to say HBO likely has this in the bag. Out of the two HBO movies up for the award, the Robert De Niro-led Wizard Of Lies will likely (and sadly) end up being more appealing and recognizable to voters than Oprah Winfrey’s powerful The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Outstanding Reality Show Competition The Amazing Race American Ninja Warrior Project Runway RuPaul’s Drag Race Top Chef Who should win: Logo is making amazing television every single week with RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul essentially revolutionized the reality TV competition with Drag Race and that deserves a major nod from Hollywood. Who will win: The Amazing Race. It is truly that simple. The CBS reality show has won the award every year, save for three, since it was instituted in 2003. However, The Voice has won for the last two years straight, so we could see an unlikely three-peat.
Outstanding Variety Special Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Louis C.K. 2017 Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? Who should win: The Emmys feel like they could be a huge reaction to Donald Trump, and Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents… also happens to be a huge reaction to Trump. Sam Bee is one of the funniest people in late night, and where is her Emmy recognizing that? Who will win: If one variety special that called out the ridiculous politics of 2016 is going to win, that award will likely go to Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale. Voters love giving this trophy to legacy network comedy specials led by men, like last year’s James Corden-fronted The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special or CBS' multi-awarded Kennedy Center Honors, so, Stephen Colbert's baby is the most likely candidate.
Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series American Masters30 for 30 Chef’s Table The Keepers Planet Earth II Who should win: The Keepers kept my colleague Morgan Baila obsessed all the way through, but the true crime series doesn’t exactly have the buzz of a Making A Murderer. Maybe an Emmy would would change that for the wildly bingeable series. Who will win: Planet Earth II has the visual majesty and sweeping scenery that Emmy voters go ga-ga for. Although, American Masters and its history of many, many winds, are the safe bet too.
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series Donald Glover, AtlantaJamie Babbit, Silicon ValleyMike Judge, Silicon ValleyMorgan Sackett, VeepDavid Mandel, VeepDale Stern, Veep Who should win: Atlanta’s “B.A.N.,” which is the nominated installment, is a perfectly directed 24 minutes of television. Not only does Donald Glover nail the faux PBS network he created for his series, he also helmed fake commercials that are just as memorable as the traditional Atlanta content. Who will win: Love for Veep is at an all-time high as the series just announced it will end after the upcoming season 7. That means Emmy voters will likely be ready to heap even more praise than usual onto the beloved comedy. If any Veep episode were to get the Emmy win, David Mandel’s season finale “Groundbreaking” is the most plausible option.
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series Vince Gilligan, Better Call SaulStephen Daldry, The CrownReed Morano, The Handmaid’s TaleKate Dennis, The Handmaid’s TaleLesli Linka Glatter, HomelandThe Duffer Brothers, Stranger ThingsJonathan Nolan, Westworld Who should win: One of the most important parts of directing is putting your personal stamp on a project, and no director(s) achieved that aim as well as the Duffer brothers, who are nominated for Stranger Things premiere “The Vanishing of Will Byers.” From the first few moments of the drama, it’s clear what show this is, where it’s going, and what its vision is. That kind of immediate decisiveness completely comes from the Duffers. Who will win: Every single episode of Westworld feels like a movie, and that’s all thanks to the directors, who managed to take a wild, lengthy script and turn it into actual television. Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan, is the leader of that already illustrious pack, as the creator of the sci-fi epic.
Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series Or Movie Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little LiesNoah Hawley, FargoRyan Murphy, Feud: Bette & JoanRon Howard, GeniusJames Marsh, The Night OfSteve Zaillian, The Night Of Who should win: Please try to find an unappealing shot in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Big Little Lies. I dare you. Who will win: You’re not going to find me betting against Big Little Lies. Not now, not never. Especially since Oscar-nominee Vallee directed each and every episode of Lies’ seven-episode, seven-hour season.
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner, Drunk HistoryAndy Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel LivePaul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John OliverJim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen ColbertDon Roy King, Saturday Night Live Who should win: The Drunk History team makes a mini movie every single week. We all need to recognize that is hard. And last year’s Inside Amy Schumer win proves Emmy voters aren’t above giving a Comedy Central sketch series gold for this category. Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner don’t deserve to miss their shot for directing Drunk History’s “Hamilton” episode. Who will win: First of all, Saturday Night Live is a juggernaut in this category, taking home the Emmy a record six times. But, on top of that, the historic Jimmy Fallon-hosted episode of the comedy behemoth — which was the first SNL installment to ever be simulcast live throughout the entire continental U-S-Of-A — is nominated. That is one hard thing to direct, and it’s likely Don Roy King will be rewarded for the big gamble.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series John Lithgow, The Crown Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Mandy Patinkin, Homeland Michael Kelly, House Of Cards David Harbour, Stranger Things Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us Jeffrey Wright, Westworld Who should win: As we've noted before, Ron Cephas Jones brought to life one of the rarest types of characters on television with This Is Us' William Hill: an aging, bisexual Black man. The longtime actor did so with a level of thoughtfulness and mastery that had fans crying essentially every time Cephas Jones was onscreen. William's heartwrenching death scene in season 1's "Memphis" is enough to merit Cephas Jones an Emmmy. Who will win: This award hasn't gone to an actor from traditional network cable since 2009, when Lost's Michael Emerson took home the statue for his portrayal of the sniveling Ben Linus. The next year, Emerson lost to the buzzy cable hit Breaking Bad and its star Aaron Paul. Maybe you've heard of them? From there, Paul and Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage essentially traded the award back and forth, with Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Canavale and Bloodline's Ben Mendelsohn breaking in to win the category during 2013 and 2016, respectively. All of this proves Westworld's Jeffrey Wright is the one to beat, as he hails from an equally blockbuster-y cable series.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things Chrissy Metz, This Is Us Thandie Newton, Westworld Who should win: It would be easy for the people who side with the sexist, violent, and dangerous Gilead regime in Handmaid's Tale to come off as one-note. At first, Ann Dowd's Aunt Lydia seems like a misogynistic monster, obsessed with torture and slut shaming. But, throughout the Hulu favorite's first season, Dowd manages to make Lydia a multidimensional woman, rather than a cattle prod-happy villain. Think about her scenes with Janine (Madeline Brewer) or her final moment in finale, "Night," when the handmaids refuse to murder Janine. By the end of season 1, Dowd proves Aunt Lydia believes Gillead's savage and criminal ethos is the only way to save the women under her "care," and the world at large — and that is a damn hard trick to pull off. Who will win: If you need some proof the Academy Of Television has drank the Stranger Things Kool-Aid, look no further than Shannon Purser's Guest Actress nomination for playing the meme-friendly Barb. Even the Internet, which has Barb Fever, was confused over the nomination for the character, who mostly made an impression thanks to her too-soon-death. If Purser can get nominated for Barb, it's more than likely newly-minted industry darling Millie Bobby Brown can win for bringing the iconic Eleven to life. If Brown does win the Emmy, she will be the youngest person to take home the award in history.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live Louie Anderson, Baskets Ty Burrell, Modern Family Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tony Hale, Veep Matt Walsh, Veep Who should win: The best moments of the wonderful Veep season 6 usually involve Selina Meyer's dedicated shadow, Gary (Hale). From the time Selina (Julia Louise-Dreyfus) accidentally falls asleep in Gary's bed to the Veep gang's trip to Alabama, the former presidential body man always brings out the best in his series. Who will win: Like most award shows lately, it's likely the Emmys will use the evening to rebuke President Donald Trump's litany of dangerous policies. There is no better way to drag the politician than by giving an award to the man who mercilessly mocked Trump on television for a year, Alec Baldwin. At this point, we wouldn't be surprised if professional Trump impersonator Baldwin arrives to the Emmy Awards in full presidential costume.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live Anna Chlumsky, Veep Judith Light, Transparent Kathryn Hahn, Transparent Who should win: Leslie Jones is so funny, she doesn't actually need to say anything to make you laugh. Although Colin Jost and Michael Che are technically the stars of Weekend Update, Jones is the one who makes the faux news show truly shine with each and every one of her appearances. And, in case you were wondering, the last time a Black woman won Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, Ronald Reagan was still president. Jackée Harry took home the award in 1987 for her performance in 227. Who will win: Last year's winner, Kate McKinnon, effectively put a lock on 2017 victory with this stirring, beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as a pantsuit-clad Hillary Clinton following Donald Trump's shocking 2016 presidential election win.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Bill Camp, The Night Of Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette And Joan Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies David Thewlis, Fargo Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette And Joan Michael K. Williams, The Night Of Who should win: Fargo's David Thewlis imbued every single one of his Fargo scenes as the mysterious V.M. Varga with as much malevolence as possible. Despite the fact the third season of the FX drama didn't exactly make as many headlines as the previous two, it was still worth tuning in to see how Thewlis would manipulate Ewan McGregor's Emmit Stussy every week. Who will win: Over the last decade, this award tends to go to stars of hit FX series or critically-acclaimed HBO projects. With Fargo season 3 and Bette And Joan both failing to make it big in 2017, the cast members of HBO's The Night Of and Big Little are in the lead. Since the award also tends to go to one of the buzzier members of the pack, Alexander Skarsgård's villainous turn in Lies edges out the less high-profile actors of The Night Of.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie 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 Who should win: Shailene Woodley may not have the showiest part in Big Little Lies, but she does have one of the most emotionally resonant as Jane Chapman, an amazing mother who's raising a son conceived by rape. No one has ever made running on a beach look so desperate, heartbreaking, or memorable. Who will win: Another Limited Series category, another impossible choice when it comes to the Big Little Lies cast. While Woodley played the grounding character of Jane, co-star Laura Dern was allowed to chew the scenery to her heart's content as the explosive, cuss-loving Renata Klein. Who can even count how many times Renata screamed next to her pristine Monterey, California pool? We may never be able to answer that question, but we do know Emmy voters will remember every single guttural screech out of Dern's mouth.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, The Americans Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, Better Call Saul Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, House Of Cards Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan, Ray Donovan Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson, This Is Us Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, This Is Us Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Ford, Westworld Who should win: Matthew Rhys has been turning in amazing work on The Americans since 2013. It's time that finally gets recognized. Who will win: This year's Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama competition is a whole new world compared to 2016. Fan-favorite Rami Malek won last year, but isn't even nominated this year. Bloodline's Kyle Chandler is also missing. That means this year's competition may prove to be anybody's game. But, if we had to choose a likely winner right this moment, Sterling K. Brown's extremely buzzy starring role in NBC's This Is Us gets our vote. After years of cable getting all the great performances — including one from Brown in 2016's The People V. O.J. Simpson — it's probable Academy voters will want to reward him for proving broadcast TV can still offer actors stellar, meaty work.
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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown Elisabeth Moss as Offred, The Handmaid's Tale Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, House Of Cards Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, How To Get Away With Murder Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Westworld Who should win: I'm rooting for Viola Davis, if only to keep up the powerhouse actress' astounding and much-deserved 2017 hot streak. Davis has already won an Oscar, a Golden Globe this year, and a BAFTA this year. Let's add an Emmy to the list. Who will win: In some crime against television, Elisabeth Moss was nominated six times for her portrayal of Peggy Olson on Mad Men and never won. Academy voters are well aware of this travesty, and her intense work on Handmaid's Tale (along with the news she memorized her voiceovers to match her on-screen facial expressions) should finally push her to victory.
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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Donald Glover as Earn Marks, Atlanta Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets / Dale Baskets, Baskets Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson, black-ish Aziz Ansari as Dev, Master Of None William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Shameless Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, Transparent Who Should Win: Donald Glover couldn't be better on Atlanta. While his FX co-stars often get showier challenges, Glover's technically homeless single dad Earn is the heart of the show. The actor especially shines in the quieter moments of his comedy, when he deals with juggling big dreams and the reality of being flat broke. Plus, Glover conveys more with one dubiously raised eyebrow than anyone says in all the screaming of a show like . Friends From College Who Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor is slowly turning into the Julia Louis-Dreyfus of the comedy actor race. The Transparent star has won the award for Outstanding Actor In A Comedy for two years straight, with 2017 marking his third nomination for his role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman. It's unclear if voters will be ready to give their love to someone like Glover, whose performance also sheds light to another usually under-represented voice on television.
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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox, Better Things Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, black-ish Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, Grace And Frankie Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein, Grace And Frankie Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mom Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep Who should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is queen. Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is queen.
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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy/Emmit Stussy, Fargo Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, Genius Riz Ahmed as Nasir "Naz" Khan, The Night Of John Turturro as John Stone, The Night Of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock: The Lying Detective Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, The Wizard Of Lies Who should win: Since Internet bae Rami Malek isn't up for any awards, we would like to see his successor Riz Amed give an acceptance speech come Emmys night. Coincidentally, his performance in HBO limited series The Night Of is definitely award-worthy. Who will win: Robert De Niro's acting career may span five full decades, but this is the Oscar-winner's first-ever Emmy nomination. It's possible voters will want to hand the trophy to De Niro for his forgettable turn as infamous criminal Bernie Madoff as either a way to lure him to television's biggest night or as a pseudo lifetime achievement award. If this doesn't happen, the award belongs to the very worthy Riz Ahmed.
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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Felicity Huffman as Jeanette Hesby, American Crime Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Big Little Lies Reese Witherspoon as Madeline MacKenzie, Big Little Lies Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, Fargo Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, FEUD: Bette And Joan Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, FEUD: Bette And Joan Who should win: Can't the entire Big Little Lies crew share the award à la the Spring Fling crown in Mean Girls? Who will win: No one can ignore Nicole Kidman's flawless portrayal of a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, but still passionately in love with her rage-filled husband. This is Big Little Lies' year, and Kidman's win will be just the tip of the iceberg.
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series Riz Ahmed, Girls — “All I Ever Wanted” Matthew Rhys, Girls — “American Bitch” Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live — “Host: Dave Chappelle” Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live — “Host: Lin-Manuel Miranda” Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live — “Host: Tom Hanks” Hugh Laurie, Veep — “Blurb” Who should win: Saturday Night Live had tons of memorable digital shorts this past season — remember ? Melanianade The Handmaid’s Tale? ? — but, very few Trump-or-Hillary-free live sketches actually stood out. That is, except for Girl At A Bar Haunted Elevator, better known as “ The David Pumpkins One.” The sketch, featuring David Pumpkins as “his own thing!” with two skeletons for sidekicks who are “part of it!” was the most bizarre, hilarious, live moment of season 42. And it only worked because of Tom Hank’s affable likability and complete commitment to the Halloween-friendly gag. Who will win: Matthew Rhys. Or, more specifically, Matthew Rhys’ haunting wolf smile. More than any other man, Rhys left an indelible, unforgettable mark on comedic TV this year with just a single episode. Who did win: Dave Chappelle
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Wanda Sykes, Black-ish — “Lemons” Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe — “Episode 6” Becky Ann Baker, Girls” — “Gummies” Angela Bassett, Master of None — “Thanksgiving” Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live — “Host: Kristen Wiig” Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live — “Host: Melissa McCarthy” Who should win: Carrie Fisher was a force to be reckoned with and a Hollywood icon. Her role in Catastrophe as Mia, the mother of lead Rob Norris (Rob Delaney), was her last, and she deserves to be recognized for how uproariously funny and fearless she was. Who will win: Not only does Fisher deserve to be recognized for Catastrophe, it’s almost impossible she won’t be by the Television Academy as a posthumous nod to her awe-inspiring greatness. Who did win: Melissa McCarthy
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline — “Part 32” BD Wong, Mr. Robot — “eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc” Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan — “Norman Saves the World” Denis O’Hare, This Is Us — “Last Christmas” Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us — “Memphis” Gerald McRaney, This Is Us — “The Big Day” Who should win: “ Memphis” was the most moving episode of This Is Us’ very moving freshman year. Although Sterling K. Brown and John Cephas Jr. did a lot of the heavy lifting, Tyree Henry was a huge part of what made the installment so magical. Who will win: The Academy tends to reward men in this category who make a big impact on their shows by starring in just a few episodes (read: as opposed to merely one). Previous winners like Scandal’s Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky are prime examples of this. Gerald McRaney’s “Doctor K.” perfectly falls into this category as the doctor who delivered the Pearson twins and eventually gave grieving dad Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) the strength to adopt Randall (Sterling K. Brown). If anyone is going to pull the average voter’s heartstrings, it’s McRaney. Who did win: Gerald McRaney
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series Alison Wright, The Americans — “The Soviet Division” Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale — “Late” Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder — “Go Cry Somewhere Else” Ann Dowd, The Leftovers — “The Most Powerful Man In The World (And His Identical Twin Brother)”) Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black — “Doctor Psycho” Shannon Purser, Stranger Things — “Chapter Three: Jolly, Holly” Who should win: Alexis Bledel’s massive blue eyes say more in one terrified, wide-eyed stare on Handmaid’s Tale, than Fred The Rapist (Joseph Fiennes) — remember, I will never call him the ridiculous title of “The Commander" — says in any long-winded monologue. Although a lot happens in the episode Bledel is nominated for, “Late,” including the scene where Aunt Lydia (category nominee Ann Dowd) tasers June (Elisabeth Moss), all anyone talked about after seeing that installment was the horror inflicted upon Emily (Bledel). Emily’s trapped terror while her lover strangles to death, and subsequent further terror when she’s the victim of forced female genital mutilation, couldn’t be more haunting. Who will win: If you don’t love Laverne Cox you’re probably a monster. And no one in Hollywood wants to believe they’re a monster. Who did win: Alexis Bledel
Outstanding Host Reality In A Program Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef Junior Alec Baldwin, Match Game Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway RuPaul Charles, RuPaul Drag Race W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell Who should win: When I was a childed, I irrationally hated Martha Stewart because she seemed far too buttoned up to be realistic. I found her so extreme, I very lamely called her “Pertha,” making a portmanteau for the words “Martha” and “Perfect.” But, that Martha is no more. She drags Jonathan Cheban! She has a cooking show with Snoop Dogg! And the cooking show is a weed-themed pun! Someone reward Martha for proving me so very wrong! Who will win: Most of these nominations are total new additions, so this race particularly feels like it’s anyone’s game. But, last year’s award went to RuPaul, and I would never bet against The Queen.