69th Emmy Awards: Who Will Win? Here Are Our Predictions

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are finally here. The Emmys aim to honour the best in prime-time television every year and this year is no different.We are getting excited for Justice League in November, it’s predicted to do even better than Wonder Woman did at the box office. The eligibility period for the 69th Emmy Awards was television that aired from June 1st, 2016 until May 31st, 2017.

We at Geeks of Color have decided to see if we can predict some of the winners of the night. The show will air on 17th September with Stephen Colbert as the host on CBS. Jimmy Kimmel did a fantastic job last year and I believe Stephen Colbert will be just as great.

Game of Thrones was ineligible for the Emmys this year due to its late premiere so the drama categories have had some room to breathe. Westworld and Saturday Night Live topped the nominations with 22 each this year. However, the nominations this year seem wide-open so it’ll be interesting to see which way the academy swings. The Crown was a hot favourite for Outstanding Drama Series for a while but it seems like Netflix is in a battle of their own two shows as the odds of Stranger Things nabbing the exclusive Emmy have been slashed to 2/1. Though my love for Westworld cannot believe it to be true, the mind-blowing first season doesn’t look a likely winner at 19/1. Without further ado, here’s who I think will reign supreme on the night.

KEY:
BOLD – They will win.
Italics – They should win.
Italicised Bold – They should and will win.

Outstanding Drama Series

Westworld (HBO)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
House of Cards (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Matthew Rhys – The Americans (FX)
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us (NBC)
Anthony Hopkins – Westworld (HBO)
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Robin Wright – House of Cards (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld (HBO)
Claire Foy – The Crown (Netflix)
Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Silicon Valley (HBO)
Atlanta (FX)
Veep (HBO)
Black-ish (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Zach Galifianakis – Baskets (FX)
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish (ABC)
William H. Macy – Shameless (Showtime)
Aziz Ansari – Master of None (Netflix)
Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon – Better Things (FX)
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Allison Janney – Mom (CBS)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (HBO)
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies (HBO)
The Night Of (HBO)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Fargo (FX)
Genius (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of (HBO)
Ewan McGregor – Fargo (FX)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: “The Lying Detective” (PBS)
John Turturro – The Night Of (HBO)
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Geoffrey Rush – Genius (Nat Geo)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Carrie Coon – Fargo (FX)
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Felicity Huffman – American Crime (ABC)
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: “San Junipero” (Netflix)
The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Sherlock: “The Lying Detective” (PBS)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (NBC)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Mandy Patinkin – Homeland (Showtime)
Michael Kelly – House of Cards (Netflix)
David Harbour – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld (HBO)
John Lithgow – The Crown (Netflix)
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Samira Wiley on The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us (NBC)
Thandie Newton – Westworld (HBO)
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale – Reed Morano (Hulu)
The Crown – Stephen Daldry (Netflix)
Westworld – Jonathan Nolan (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale – Kate Dennis (Hulu)
Stranger Things – The Duffer Brothers (Netflix)
Better Call Saul – Vince Gilligan (AMC)
Homeland – Lesli Linka Glatter (Showtime)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Master of None – Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Netflix)
Atlanta – Donald Glover (FX)
Veep – David Mandel (HBO)
Atlanta – Stephen Glover (FX)
Silicon Valley – Alec Berg (HBO)
Veep – Billy Kimball (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Crown – Peter Morgan (Netflix)
Better Call Saul – Gordon Smith (AMC)
Westworld – Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale – Bruce Miller (Hulu)
The Americans – Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (FX)
Stranger Things – The Duffer Brothers (Netflix)

At the end of the night, I don’t think HBO will be too worried about Game of Thrones missing out, Westworld has the potential to clean up but it will face tough competition from The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown. Saturday Night Live should have a great night; they had a refreshing season of biting political satire and they deserve it. If you’re interested, I will be live-tweeting the event over on Twitter @QamarShafiq13, in addition to seeing how well my predictions go on the night, I want to see yours too!

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