The 2017 Emmy Nominations

Has it really been two months since I’ve posted? Yikes! I should probably do some thoughts on RHONY because it continues to be THE best city in the franchise. I am so excited for these women to go to Mexico and watch Luann fall down steps. RHOC started too but I have some concerns about that. Bottom line, I’ll work on a Bravo update because we also have Southern Charm! But we’re not here for that, we’re here to discuss the Emmy Nominations that came out yesterday and I’ll give my VERY early predictions. Let’s see who got nods and who got snubbed!

FYI the show will broadcast on September 17th with host Stephen Colbert. Is Colbert going to be good? I’m sure it will be drenched with political humor, which, I don’t know if I can take. The news is depressing as it is so trying to inject humor into it might be a hard pass for me. But I’ll obviously dig into the rosé and watch. Let’s start with the big categories:

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Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

I don’t watch Better Call Saul even though I loved Breaking Bad. I am terrified to start The Handmaid’s Tale and I watch everything else (but haven’t seen the latest season of House of Cards). Obviously This Is Us is AMAZING and it’s great to see a network show competing after HBO/Netflix dominating the Emmys in recent years. Westworld  was INSANE and was obsessed with Stranger Things. I LOVED The Crown but I’m saving my win for them for another category. So who do I predict? I’m going This is Us because it was so well done, such a great ensemble cast and I think this is where they will be rewarded (as opposed to in the acting categories). I also get really nervous about season twos of shows that start so strong so I’m not sure we’ll see them so well represented next year…

Prediction: This is Us

Possible Spoiler: Westworld

Best Comedy Series

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

I’m sorry but that’s bullshit that Modern Family is nominated. Do they just want Sofia Vergara to show up? Atlanta is the only show I’ve never seen but I’ve heard great things about it. I LOVED season two of Master of None and would love to see it take home the big prize. Veep is always a favorite. Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt had uneven seasons and Back-ish, while great, won’t take home the prize. So my prediction? The show I haven’t seen – Atlanta. It’s getting the most buzz and I should probably check it out.

Prediction: Atlanta

Possible Spoiler: Veep – the Emmys loves them some Veep

Best Limited Series

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Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

I heard Fargo  was uneven and I don’t think Genius  has enough buzz going into the ceremony. The Night Of  was EPIC but it won’t win here. This will come down to Feud  and BLL. I REALLY want this to go to the ladies in Monterey. I didn’t watch Feud but coverage petered out and haven’t we given enough to Ryan Murphy? BLL was the best thing I’ve seen on television in years. The book was amazing and they managed to capture it perfectly for the screen. I’m giving my win to them, purely for selfish reasons.

Prediction: Big Little Lies

Possible Spoiler: Feud

Best Actress in a Drama Series

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

You guys, How to Get Away With Murder  is the worst show. I gave up on it. Viola’s nod is because she’s an Oscar winner now – but she won’t win. Wright and Russell are on shows accused of uneven seasons. Evan Rachel Wood was amazing but this is between Moss and Foy. Again, haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale and I’ve heard Moss was great, but oh boy did I LOVE The Crown. Claire Foy was epic in it. She really pulled you into the headspace of the Queen as she took the thrown. She gets my pick for sure. The big “snub” in this category was Mandy Moore. A bunch of her cast got nominations and some people think as matriarch of Pearson’s, she should have gotten a default nom. Here’s my beef with that -Moore is good on the show. But great? I don’t think so. She can’t touch the ladies in this category. Let’s be real, besides that Nicholas Sparks movie and Princess Diaries, Moore’s acting experience is tenuous at best. I think she overacts quite a bit in scenes. I’d like to see her mellow into the role and maybe we can talk next year.

Prediction: Claire Foy

Possible Spoiler: Elizabeth Moss

Best Actor in a Drama Series

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

That’s a long list – 7 to be exact. Which means there was a tie for the final two slots. I wonder who it was, my guess – Schreiber and Ventimiglia. The Emmys will be excited to potentially honor someone as big as Anthony Hopkins but I think Sterling K. Brown is going to win this. I love him on the show. He makes me cry every episode. And that one with his dying dad – oh boy. Nothing here or in series for Justin Theroux and The Leftovers. What does Mr. Aniston have to do to get some love???

Prediction: Sterling K. Brown

Possible Spoiler: Anthony Hopkins

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Best Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Allison Janney moved from supporting to lead categories, I’m not sure that will help her. Ellie was just ok in an uneven series. I think in this category, Lily and Jane will cross each other out. Pamela Aldon is the wildcard nomination here – someone was paying attention to their FX lineup! Tracee Ellis Ross is REALLY good and has a shot but I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus has this one in the bag. Some will say, hasn’t she won enough already?? But here’s the thing – if we award actors simply based on the performance they gave in the eligible year, it has to be her. Sorry but she is just the best there is on this show. Now if the academy thinks she’s had enough and her nomination is acknowledgement that she rocks, but hey they’re trying something different, we could see Ross or Adlon walk away with it. But again, unlikely. PS I just noticed- nada for Girls with the exception of some guest actor noms. I guess I’m not the only one with Lena Dunham exhaustion.

Prediction: JLD

Possible Spoiler: Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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

I need to watch Atlanta so I can definitively say who deserves this. Tambor has ran with this for a few years and his character IS named Maura, so he’s got that going for him. I didn’t realize people still watched Shameless. Anderson is good but they’ll think his nomination is gift enough. People LOVE Baskets, but I haven’t seen it because I can’t deal with Louise Anderson in drag. Were there really no female actors to play the role? Like female actresses are losing out female roles to men now – I could not survive in Hollywood. This, in my mind, is between Aziz and Donald and I think Donald is the heavy favorite. But Aziz’s acceptance speech would have been very funny…

Prediction: Donald Glover

Possible Spoiler: Aziz Ansari

Best Actress in Limited Series or TV Movie

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

Well Carrie Coon and Felicity Hoffman can just go enjoy the free gift bags, because that’s about all they’re going home with. Emmy voters LOVE movie stars floating around their little ceremony. They’ve bestowed major love on Lange over the years. I almost feel like Susan Sarandon’s controversial political stand might work against her. People also like to vote for those who they think will give great speeches. If they worry Sarandon will go on a Bernie rant, they’ll stay clear. Reese was fantastic but she couldn’t touch Nicole Kidman. So Kidman vs. Lange, who will it be? I think Kidman – I think she is in a career renaissance and the voters will want her up on that stage. She had the buzziest performance this year.

Prediction: Nicole Kidman

Possible Spoiler: Jessica Lange

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

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

This is a heavy category! Some big names!! Wizard of Lies came and went with a wimper. John Turturro was good but Riz was better. I heard Fargo wasn’t great this year but Ewan DID play two roles and voters love that nonsense. Not much to say about Geoffrey Rush or Cumberbatch so my prediction is between Riz Ahmed and Ewan McGregor. Let me tell you something – The Night Of was so flipping good. On the heels of true crime stories like Making a Murderer, it really took advantage of our current obsession with whodunits. And Riz Ahmed was delightful in it. Or as delightful as a (SPOILER ALERT) wrongly accused student turned imprisoned heroin addict can be. Please please please give it to him. Plus, he’s not too shabby to look at either 😏

Prediction: Riz Ahmed

Potential Spoiler: Ewan McGregor

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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

Ok so I read this article with Chrissy Metz about her nomination and how she’s so happy that Gerald McRaney got his FIRST ever Emmy nomination and I was SHOCKED – because how was he never nominated for Major Dad? HOW? But I digress. As noted, haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale and I gave up on OITNB last year (sorry not sorry) so I can’t say much for those nominees, but I LOVE Millie/Chrissy/Thandie so this is TOUGH. I’m disregarding the nominees I don’t know because this is my blog and I can do what I want. I’m going to go Chrissy on this. I think the academy will LOVE themselves for giving it to an unconventional star. And who doesn’t love a good pat on the back? Plus she’s really good on the show so it’s not entirely unearned. Thandie is delightfully creepy on Westworld so I think in a different year, she could have taken it. They’ll consider a nomination at age 13 enough of a prize for Millie Bobby Brown which, how come we never discuss that her name is basically Millie ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston? PS nothing for Winona Ryder. I guess some people can never get over a shoplifter. #winoforever

Prediction: Chrissy Metz

Possible Spoiler: Thandie Newton.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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

I call BS that my beloved Ed Harris isn’t in this group. But sure, throw Mandy Patinkin a nomination? Homeland has been on a downward spiral since Brady died and I definitely think if you were going to give anyone the nod from last season it should have been the heartbreaking end of Rupert Friend’s character. RIP Quinn. I love the nominations for Ron Cephas Jones and David Harbour – because definitely unexpected but definitely earned. Jeffrey Wright was amazing – that realization of his true origins episode was INSANE. But nobody took on a character the way John Lithgow did in The Crown. That was a master class in acting. His portrayal of Churchill was dominating but somehow sympathetic at the same time. Lithgow and Foy really brought to life the relationship the Queen and Churchill had post-war. It was like a history lesson that I actually wanted to tune in for. It’s his to lose!

Prediction: John Lithgow

Possible Spoiler: Jeffrey Wright

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Wait, what? I get that it was an election year and SNL really took on the job of skewering every crazy moment of it, but THREE nominations for SNL in this category? Excessive. And what’s Vanessa Bayer’s for? Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy? So confusing. And Leslie Jones is fantastic, but this nomination might be for her tweets more than anything. I love Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn is a Clevelander, but I think this will go to Kate McKinnon. It will be Hillary Clinton’s consolation prize – rewarding the actress who portrayed her. I would love to see Anna Chlumsky take this because she is so quietly funny on Veep and doesn’t get enough recognition, but alas, the Emmys are all about SNL this year.

Prediction: Kate McKinnon

Possible Spoiler: Judith Light, because she’s fricking Judith Light (and was obviously the boss)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Alec Baldwin’s to lose. Enough said.

Prediction: Alec Baldwin

Possible Spoiler: Alec Baldwin accepting as Donald Trump

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Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV 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

Jackie Hoffman was so funny on WWHL the other week, but alas I’m out of touch because I didn’t see Feud. The big snub here is Catherine Zeta Jones and I bet she is PISSED. She’s halfway to an EGOT damnit! This could have gotten her one voicework job away from the prized honor! I’m just excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer on the red carpet. Little factoid for you all – Michelle and her husband are both nominated on the big night. David E. Kelley wrote the adaptation of BLL!

Laura Dern is amazing and deserves everything but I heard Judy Davis is fantastic too so it’s a showdown of awesome ladies! I’m giving it to Dern because I saw the show and because she is epic. I’m shocked Entertainment Weekly hasn’t hired me as an expert columnist yet…

Prediction: Laura Dern

Possible Spoiler: Judy Davis

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael K. Williams, The Night Of

Who the hell is Bill Camp? OH the detective. Whatever, how do we not give this to Omar?? I could blah blah blah about everyone else but Michael K. Williams is such a good actor and has stood out in just about everything he is in so it’s about time we recognized him for it – right? Right.

Prediction: Omar Little Michael K. Williams

Possible Spoiler: Alexander Skarsgard – he WAS really creepy, while being super sexy

So there is my super professional take on who should/will win an Emmy on September 17th. I will say this – I typically win any ballot contest so do not discount my votes. Overall, I think it’s going to be another big night for HBO even without Game of Thrones (they weren’t eligible this year and PSA the premiere is in 48 hours and I CANNOT WAIT). Westworld and Big Little Lies should take home decent hardware. NBC will also have reason to celebrate between This is Us and SNL. Should help the brand as they deal with the disaster that was hiring Megyn Kelly. Should be an interesting night! And definitely some good fashion: Witherspoon, Kidman, Newton, Foy, Russell. I’m into it!!!

 

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  1. CatZzzzzz
    July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Yassss girl yasssss

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