70th Annual Emmy Awards Predictions: Who Will Win?
Tonight is the the 70th Emmy Awards! Hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, the telecast will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8:00 PM ET on NBC. BroadwayWorld will be updating live as winners are announced tonight, so make sure to check back here to find out if your favorite nominee won!
Until then, as BroadwayWorld's resident television aficionado, I've decided to give my predictions for the winners of the 2018 Emmys! Read below to see who I've chosen in all of the major categories, and come back Sunday to see how close I got! I'm putting my biases aside and choosing each category based on how I see the Television Academy choosing on Monday night.
The Americans (FX Networks)
The Crown (Netflix)
***Game of Thrones (HBO)***
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Game of Thrones is back in contention, and after a thrilling season of battles, romance, and dragons, I think it will win Best Drama heading into its final season.
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Jason Bateman Ozark (Netflix)
Ed Harris Westworld (HBO)
Matthew Rhys The Americans (FX Networks)
Milo Ventimiglia This Is Us (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright Westworld (HBO)
Sterling K. Brown won this category last year, the first black actor in this category to win in almost two decades. THIS IS US continues to be praised for its emotional and relatable depiction of a family, with Brown at the center of it.
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
***Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)***
Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black (BBC America)
Elizabeth Moss The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Sandra Oh Killing Eve (BBC America)
Keri Russell The Americans (FX Networks)
Evan Rachel Wood Westworld (HBO)
This was a hard category to chose, with Kerri Russell, Claire Foy and Tatiana Maslany both with nominations for their final appearances in their respective shows. I've chosen Claire Foy because I think that her performance in season 2 of The Crown was incredible, and Foy's performance really stands out in my mind.
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Game of Thrones (HBO)
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones (HBO)
Joseph Fiennes The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
***David Harbour Stranger Things (Netflix)***
Mandy Patinkin Homeland (Showtime)
Matt Smith The Crown (Netflix)
David Harbour's character Jim Hopper showed so much growth and depth in the second season of Stranger Things that I believe he deserves to win this category. Hopper's relationship with Eleven added a side to Hopper we only caught glimpses of in season one.
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Alexis Bledel The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Millie Bobby Brown Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ann Dowd The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Lena Headey Game of Thrones (HBO)
***Vanessa Kirby The Crown (Netflix)***
Thandie Newton Westworld (HBO)
Yvonne Strahovski The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Vanessa Kirby showed incredible talent in season two of The Crown. Princess Margaret struggles greatly throughout the season, first with her desire for love and later her tumultuous relationship with Atony, and Kirby made Margaret's emotions feel so raw and vulnerable, which makes her incredibly deserving of this award.
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
***The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)***
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
I've chosen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel because it premiered this year on Amazon Prime to incredible reviews and a lot of buzz. The show took home three Emmys during the Creative Arts presentation and it won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. Created by Amy-Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an incredibly sharp-witted and fast-paced comedy that I believe deserves to win.
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson Black-ish (ABC)
Ted Danson The Good Place (NBC)
Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
***Donald Glover Atlanta (FX Networks)***
Bill Hader Barry (HBO)
William H. Macy Shameless (Showtime)
Donald Glover won the Emmy last year for his performance on FX's Atlanta, and with the show's sophomore season receiving just as much critical acclaim as it's first, I see him winning for a second year in a row. Though, I could also see Ted Danson winning for his portrayal of "Michael" on the The Good Place, a show that is growing in popularity by the day. His character has shown a lot of depth since the first season, and Danson shines in the comedy.
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon Better Things (FX Networks)
***Rachel Brosnahan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)***
Allison Janney Mom (CBS)
Issa Rae Insecure (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross Black-ish (ABC)
Lily Tomlin Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Since this is the first year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't nominated, this category could be anyone's game. All of these women have given incredible performances in their respective roles, but I have to give it to Rachel Brosnahan for her portrayal of divorcee Midge Maisel. This breakout role has shown how incredibly talented and comedically timed Brosnahan is, which is why she won the Golden Globe for Lead Actress - Musical or Comedy.
Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Louie Anderson Baskets (FX Networks)
Alec Baldwin Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Brian Tyree Henry Atlanta (FX Networks)
***Tony Shalhoub The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)***
Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Henry Winkler Barry (HBO)
I believe this is the year of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Tony Shalhoub is a big part of it. In a show dominated by incredible female performances, Shalhoub is a welcomed juxtaposition as the strong-willed father of Midge. Shalhoub plays Abe fiercely and his comedic timing fits perfectly along with star Rachel Brosnahan.
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz Atlanta (FX Networks)
***Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)***
Aidy Bryant Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Betty Gilpin GLOW (Netflix)
Leslie Jones Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne (ABC)
Megan Mullally Will & Grace (NBC)
Once again, I see a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star taking home the trophy. Alex Borstein is the perfect partner to Brosnahan and her dry wit and blunt personality adds so much to this incredible show.
Make sure to come back to BroadwayWorld for your Emmys coverage and to see if my predictions come true!