List of 2017 Emmy Nominations (and my predictions)

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump - Courtesy of NBC
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump - Courtesy of NBC /

The 69th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations have all been revealed, and we’ve got the complete list for them all for you here!

It’s officially Emmy season!

Earlier, the complete list of all of the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations has been revealed. Straight from their official website, a PDF revealing every name and category can now be downloaded. You can take a look at the complete list over there, but for all of the major categories (with my personal predictions), read on ahead!

Best Comedy

Atlanta (FX)

black-ish (ABC)

Master of None (Netflix)

Modern Family (ABC)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Veep (HBO)

We have several deserving comedy shows to choose from here, with my personal favorite among them being Silicon Valley. Ultimately, however, I’m betting they’ll play it safe and give the nod to Modern Family again. But I’m still OK with that.

Best Drama

Better Call Saul (AMC)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC)

Westworld (HBO)

We have a similar situation here, in the sense that these shows are all absolutely fantastic. If I were to pick the winner, however, I’d end up going with AMC’s Better Call Saul. The writing and acting on the Breaking Bad spin-off matches its parent series, if not altogether tops it.

However, HBO’s Westworld has been getting a ton of buzz and is certainly much more popular with both critics and the masses. I’m thinking that one is much more likely to take the win.

Best Limited Series

Big Little Lies (HBO)

Fargo (FX)

Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Genius (National Geographic)

The Night Of (HBO)

In this category, I’d look for Big Little Lies to take the win. While Fargo I think matches the quality, Alexander Skarsgård’s love-to-hate character from Big Little Lies is probably going to be the tie breaker that seals the deal.

Best Actress, Comedy

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)

Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)

Allison Janney (“Mom”)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)

Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

My hunch is that Julie Louis-Dreyfus will end up taking this one for Veep, as she’s certainly one of the best aspects of that series. The role has given her career a resurgence in recent times, and I’m all for giving her this award. She deserves it.

Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)

Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)

Zach Galifianakis, (“Baskets”)

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)

William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

In this case, I don’t even have to think about my response. William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless is probably the most compelling character currently on television. Every other name on this list is enjoyable, but from where I’m sitting, Macy is unable to be topped.

Best 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”)

Elisabeth Moss has just been incredible on The Handmaid’s Tale, and when I saw this list, it was too hard for me to picture anyone else beating her. She’s my pick for this category.

Best 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”)

While I’d personally love to see Bob Odenkirk take this win, I think it’s more likely to go to Kevin Spacey or Matthew Rhys. Having to decide between those two, I’d say ultimately Rhys will get the win.

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)

Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)

Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)

Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are the ones I’m leaning on for this category, oddly enough with roles from the same program. I think they’re both fantastic on the show, but between them it would seem Lange is more likely to win.

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

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”)

The thing about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock is that he does the role so damn well, you don’t even realize it’s the same person. Cumberbatch and Holmes might as well be two completely different people, and in this case, he certainly deserves the win.

Supporting Actor, Drama

Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)

David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)

Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)

Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)

John Lithgow (“The Crown”)

Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)

Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

The many additional layers we’re seeing added to Jonathan Banks’ character in Better Call Saul has been compelling. We’re learning so much more about him, and thanks to the performance from Banks, really understanding and feeling for him so much more. There are some great names on this list, but Banks needs to take this Emmy.

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”)

The Netflix series Stranger Things has been a sleeper hit, proving to be massively popular with both critics and fans. Its most interesting character by far is Eleven, brought to life by the talented Millie Bobby Brown. Playing such a central role in making the series so great, Brown should walk away carrying an Emmy.

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”)

I don’t think there is a real competition here. Alec Baldwin has absolutely crushed it all season long on Saturday Night Live. His take on controversial president Donald Trump has helped bring the series back to the levels of popularity it hasn’t seen in years. Baldwin will be taking this award, as he should.

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)

Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Judith Light (“Transparent”)

Certainly, one of the ladies from SNL is going to be walking out with this one. My gut initially told me Kate McKinnon, but based on Vanessa Bayer leaving the series, I think that might seal the deal on her getting the award instead.

Limited Series

“Big Little Lies” (HBO)

“Fargo” (FX Networks)

“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX Networks)

“Genius” (National Geographic)

“The Night Of” (HBO)

Simply put, if we are looking at the quality between all of these shows, Big Little Lies outreaches them all. I’m thinking it will take several awards home, definitely including this one.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”)

David Thewlis (“Fargo”)

Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

Stanley Tucci (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

Bill Camp (“The Night Of”)

Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Night Of”)

What really makes Big Little Lies work so well is the performance of Alexander Skarsgard. It’s hard to think of a better bad guy currently on television. Without his presence, I’m not sure the series would have had quite the same impact.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a 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”)

Taking it home for Big Little Lies will be the amazing Laura Dern. Like Skarsgard, she adds so much to the show to make it as great as it is.

Variety Sketch Series

“Billy On The Street” (truTV)

“Documentary Now!” (IFC)

“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)

“Portlandia” (IFC)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Based on the rise in the popularity of Saturday Night Live, I’m betting this one is going to win. The parodies of President Donald Trump have lit the show on fire, giving it the highest viewership it has had in over twenty years.

Variety Talk Series

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

“Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Finally, I’m thinking Stephen Colbert’s talk show will take the cake for the Variety Talk Series award. He’s been on a roll lately, and with the highest ratings, he’s the undisputed king of late night comedy. I want it, and expect it, to go to Colbert.

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