2017 Emmy Awards: Who is Going to Win These Things Anyway?

The 2017 Primetime Emmy Award nominations came out last week and despite them being the most predictable of the major award shows, there were still a fair amount of snubs and shocks to be had. We here at Oohlo Labs™ take pride in our algorithms and blind stabs in the dark that forecast the winners of golden statuettes of all kinds, so let’s get right to the predictions for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing September 17th:

Best Comedy Series
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Who got snubbed?: While it doesn’t raise to the level of some snubs down the line, it would have been nice to see a charming, clever series like The Good Place on the list instead of Modern Family.

Who should win?: This is a tough call between Atlanta and Master of None. I’d give the vote for Master because it followed a brilliant season with a season that was fairly different yet still brilliant.

Who will win: Here’s where the predictability of the Emmys kicks in: Emmy voters love Veep, so it will win.

Comedy — Best Actor
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Who got snubbed?: This is a pretty solid field, so kudos to Emmy voters here.

Who should win?: Glover and Ansari were both great, but Ansari’s Dev is more of an alter-ego rather than a character, so Glover should be the winner here.

Who will win: Glover has a good shot, but voters are so accustomed to marking the box next to Tambor‘s name, he’ll take home the prize.

Comedy — Best Actress
Pamela Aldon (Better Things)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)

Who got snubbed?: There are some good selections here, but wouldn’t the list be more adorable if Kristen Bell of The Good Place were on it?

Who should win?: While I admit to having a soft spot for Kemper, Louis-Dreyfus makes the most of one of the best characters in comedy.

Who will win: Louis-Dreyfus winning Emmys is as predictable as the sunrise.

Comedy — Best Supporting Actress
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)

Who should win?: McKinnon brought with a vengeance this season. She more than deserves an Emmy.

Who will win: The tide of Veep goodwill will carry Chlumsky to the win.

Comedy — Best Supporting Actor
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Matt Walsh (Veep)

Who should win?: Baldwin’s Donald Trump had the most impact of anything else on TV this year.

Who will win: Baldwin will break the Veep stranglehold on comedy.

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

Who got snubbed?: Legion had a stylish and cinematic quality to it, it should earned some Emmy recognition. Also critics loved the final season of The Leftovers, so it probably deserved a nod too.

Who should win?: With Game of Thrones not eligible this year, the category really opened up with five newcomers among the nominees. There weren’t many TV shows that had people obsessed quite the way Westworld did, that has to count for something.

Who will win: This is the most unpredictable category of the night, but I think the dart will land on The Handmaid’s Tale.

Drama — Best Actress
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)

Who got snubbed?: People loved Carrie Coon in The Leftovers. She deserved a nomination here.

Who should win?: Moss knows how to pick good parts and she carries Handmaid’s Tale effortlessly.

Who will win: As much as Emmy voters love Moss, they love Davis more. She’ll once again be network TV’s award winner.

Drama — Best Actor
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)

Who should win?: Rhys is part of the reason why The Americans is such a solid drama.

Who will win: The This Is Us guys will split the vote opening the door for Hopkins to walk through. He may not deserve it, but Emmy voters love it when movie stars dabble in TV.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Who got snubbed?: Rhea Seehorn is always great as Kim on Better Call Saul, but never gets nominated.

Who should win?: Brown if only to hear her acceptance speech.

Who will win: Newton owned the screen as Maeve. It’s not even a close competition.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Who got snubbed?: Michael McKean turned in one of the best performances on TV this year. He blew castmate Jonathan Banks out of the water, but walking away with nothing. *Cindy says:  Homeland‘s RUPERT FRIEND GOT ROBBED.

Who should win?: Other than McKean, Wright is never showy in his roles, but he gets so deep in them it’s a pleasure to see him work.

Who will win: Feeling Lithgow here because he did a solid job of accurately playing a historical figure we have archival recordings of.

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

Who should win?: Although it didn’t quite live up to its second season (Cindy disagrees), Fargo was still really good.

Who will win: FX has had a strangle hold on this category in recent years, so we’ll go with Feud.

Limited Series — Best Actress
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Jessica Lange (Feud)
Susan Sarandon (Feud)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Carrie Coon (Fargo)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Who should win?: Although there are some Oscar winners on that list, Coon was just so good on Fargo.

Who will win: The TV Academy will make up for its error of not nominating Coon for Actress in a Drama by picking her for the win here.

Limited Series — Best Actor
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)

Who should win?: Ahmed has some buzz and was good in The Night Of.

Who will win: McGregor played two roles well and that’s good enough for me.

Best Supporting Actress — Limited Series
Regina King (American Crime)
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Judy Davis (Feud)
Jackie Hoffman (Feud)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)

Who got snubbed?: Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Fargo was so amazing in every episode she was in – by far the best performance from anyone on that show this season.

Who should win?: Hoffman as Joan Crawford’s housekeeper/confidant Mamacita was the best part of Feud.

Who will win: This feels like it will go to another movie star, and Dern seems the most likely nominee.

Supporting Actor — Limited Series
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Alfred Molina (Feud)
Stanley Tucci (Feud)
Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Who should win?: Tucci played studio boss Jack Warner to the letter and is definitely worthy of winning.

Who will win: Thewlis‘ character on Fargo was scary and intimidating without ever needing to raise his voice.

Best Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time with Bill Maher

Who should win?: Last Week Tonight and John Oliver did a better job than the new of covering the 2016 election.

Who will win: Colbert and The Late Show went from the verge of a major re-tool to regularly beating The Tonight Show in the ratings because of Colbert’s ability to mine comedy from the country’s political climate.


Craig Wack

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