Emmys 2017 Predictions: Who Will Win the Major Categories?
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Emmys 2017 Predictions: Who Will Win the Major Categories?

With the Emmy Awards just a couple of days away, and the Creative Arts Emmys behind us, fans are getting hyped about which of their faves might win at this weekend’s ceremony. And with so many top-tier shows and stars to choose from, the voting members of the Television Academy certainly had their work cut out for them.

We’ll find out who the winners are on Sunday, September 17, but in the meantime, here are our predictions for the major categories at the 2017 Emmys.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

While we love all of the shows on this list, the award will probably go to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ VeepThe show has won in this category for two years straight, and it’s a critics’ fave and one of HBO’s best comedies.

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

This Is Us had us crying right out the gate, and is probably one of the most popular shows in this category, but we’re expecting The Handmaid’s Tale to take this one. The story lines hit close to home, and the way the show has infiltrated pop culture gives it a leg up against some of television’s best shows.

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

Elisabeth Moss, FTW. Moss has been nominated a total of seven (!!) times (previously for her star-making turn as 1960s badass Peggy Olson) but she has never won. Her portrayal of Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale should snag her the award this weekend.

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

Last year’s winner in this category was Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, a fan favorite. This year? With so much stellar talent, it could be anyone’s game. Sterling K. Brown as Randall on This Is Us was one of the best performances of the year, hands down, but with major players like Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Spacey, we could be facing a major upset.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, The Handmaid’s Tale

Samira Wiley as Moira, The Handmaid’s Tale

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Orange Is the New Black

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Stranger Things

Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson, This Is Us

Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, Westworld

Sure, Ann Dowd’s Aunt Lydia is one of the most haunting women ever to appear on TV, but how can we want anyone other than breakout star Millie Bobby Brown to win this award? Her performance as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things was instantly iconic.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, The Crown

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Better Call Saul

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Homeland

Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper, House of Cards 

David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Stranger Things 

Ron Cephas Jones as William Hill, This Is Us

Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, Westworld

With such a stacked category, it’s hard to pick a front-runner, but we like Jeffrey Wright for this one. His character on Westworld unraveled some major shockers throughout the season, and the show itself has 22 nominations, so we already know it’s popular among Academy members. John Lithgow is getting some good buzz for The Crown, though, so he could add another Emmy to his trophy case too. (He has five already.)

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

With the announcement earlier this month that Veep will be ending its epic run after the upcoming season and Julia Louis-Dreyfus cementing her status as one of the funniest women of all time, we’re sure she’ll get this award again (for the sixth year in a row).

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

This category is a tough call. Tambor has won the past two years for his role on Transparent, and Donald Glover is beyond perfect on AtlantaAziz Ansari could be an unexpected dark horse, though.

 

 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep

Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, Transparent

Kathryn Hahn as Raquel Fein, Transparent

This category is stacked with some of the best performances on TV this year, but we suspect Kate McKinnon will steal this one for the second year in a row, particularly for her hilarious impression of Hillary Clinton.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live 

Louie Anderson as Mrs. Baskets, Baskets

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family 

Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, Veep

Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock, Veep

Even though Tituss Burgess’ Titus Andromedon from UBK is one of the funniest characters around, we think that the Emmy voters will give this year’s award to Alec Baldwin for his mix of politics and comedy.

 

 

 

Who do you think will win at this year’s Emmys? Tell us @BritandCo!

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