2017 Emmy Award Nominations and Our Random Thoughts

Posted on July 13, 2017

DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul
The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

 

We’d bet on The Handmaid’s Tale for this one.

 

COMEDY SERIES

Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Probably a tossup between Atlanta and Master of None.

 

 

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Oooh, that’s an unusually tough lineup. They’d probably love to give it to Hopkins.

 

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Again, we think this is probably a race between Ansari and Glover.

 

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

 

Moss. Maybe we’re over-emphasizing the more political or culturally diverse choices in our predictions, but we’ll see.

 

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

 

Janney. But also maybe Fonda or Tomlin.

 

LEAD ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

DeNiro or Rush. Ahmed’s a possibility too.

 

LEAD ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud
Susan Sarandon, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

KIDMAN, DAMMIT.

Sorry, Jessica.

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

 

Lithgow or Wright, probably.

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Baldwin. We’d honestly be surprised if it was anyone else.

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Would love to see Millie take this. Would love for Miss Uzo to take a break. It’s an over-rewarded peformance, to be frank. Honestly, any one of these is a possiblity.

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

McKinnon.

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

No real feel for this one, but we wouldn’t mind Molina winning it.

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Judy Davis, Feud
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

DERN, DAMMIT.

 

VARIETY TALK

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Samantha Bee would be our choice, by far.

 

VARIETY SKETCH

Billy on the Street
Documentary Now
Drunk History
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracy Ullman’s Show

That’s a tough one.

 

REALITY TV

Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

RUPAUL, BITCHES.

 

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Riz Ahmed, Girls
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie, Veep
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
Matthew Rhys, Girls

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Becky Ann Baker, Girls
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes, black-ish

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us
BD Wong, Mr Robot

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
Cecily Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Alison Wright, The Americans

Absolutely no thoughts on these last four.

So? Weigh in, kittens.

 

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