My Take On… #205: 6th Annual Complete Emmys Preview

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Sunday marks the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards with host Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and it’s time for our annual predictions and looks at who I think will and should win in the big Emmy categories this year. So without further ado, let’s get right to it:

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
(Episode: “Manna From Heaven”)

Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper on The Night Manager (AMC)
(Episode: “Episode 5”)

Jesse Plemons as Ed Blumquist on Fargo (FX)
(Episode: “Loplop”)

David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
(Episode: “Conspiracy Theories”)

John Travolta as Robert Shapiro on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
(Episode: “100% Not Guilty”)

Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan on Fargo (FX)
(Episode: “Palindrome”)

Who I think will win: David Schwimmer, People V. OJ Simpson

Who I think should win: Anybody but John Travolta

I’m sorry, I don’t care what anybody says, John Travolta was TERRIBLE on The People v. OJ Simpson, he’s the lone thing about that series that failed miserably.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Kathy Bates as Iris on American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
(Episode: “Battle Royale”)

Olivia Colman as Angela Burr on The Night Manager (AMC)
(Episode: “Episode 6”)

Regina King as Terri LaCroix on American Crime (ABC)
(Episode: “Season Two: Episode Eight”)

Melissa Leo as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson on All the Way (HBO)

Sarah Paulson as Sally McKenna on American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
(Episode: “The Ten Commandments Killer”)

Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt on Fargo (FX)
(Episode: “Fear and Trembling”)

Who I think will and should win: Regina King, American Crime

She won the Emmy last year and I think she might repeat this year too.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul (AMC)
(Episode: “Bali Ha’i”)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones (HBO)
(Episode: “No One”)

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones (HBO)
(Episode: “Battle of the Bastards”)

Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper on House of Cards (Netflix)
(Episode: “Chapter 44”)

Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn on Bloodline (Netflix)
(Episode: “Part 23”)

Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan on Ray Donovan (Showtime)
(Episode: “The Kalamazoo”)

Who I think will win: Peter Dinklage

Who I think should win: Kit Harrington

A very tough call, both Dinklage and Harrington were excellent on Game Of Thrones this year and either way, if one of them wins, I won’t be too disappointed.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones (HBO)
(Episode: “Book of the Stranger”)

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones (HBO)
(Episode: “The Winds of Winter”)

Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey (PBS)
(Episode: “Episode Six”)

Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway on The Affair (Showtime)
(Episode: “204”)

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones (HBO)
(Episode: “No One”)

Constance Zimmer as Quinn King on UnREAL (Lifetime)
(Episode: “Mother”)

Who I think will win and should win: Anybody from Game Of Thrones

I think anybody from Game Of Thrones this year could easily take this award home this year, Lena Headley, Emilia Clarke, and Maisie Williams all were excellent this year on GOT.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets on Baskets (FX)
(Episode: “Easter in Bakersfield”)

Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
(Episode: “The Oolong Slayer”)

Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
(Episode: “Kimmy Gives Up!”)

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)
(Episode: “The Party”)

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh on Veep (HBO)
(Episode: “Inauguration”)

Keegan-Michael Key as Various Characters on Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
(Episode: “Y’all Ready for This?”)

Matt Walsh as Mike McLintock on Veep (HBO)
(Episode: “Kissing Your Sister”)

Who I think will win: Tony Hale, Veep

Who I think should win: Louie Anderson, Baskets

I really think that Tony Hale is gonna get that award again for the third year in a row but I think Louie Anderson should get some Emmy love for being one of the few good things about Baskets.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on Veep (HBO)
(Episode: “C**tgate”)

Gaby Hoffmann as Alexandria “Ali” Pfefferman on Transparent (Amazon)
(Episode: “Bulnerable”)

Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom (CBS)
(Episode: “Terrorists and Gingerbread”)

Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent (Amazon)
(Episode: “Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump”)

Kate McKinnon as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
(Episode: “Host: Ariana Grande”)

Niecy Nash as Denise “DiDi” Ortley on Getting On (HBO)
(Episode: “Don’t Let It Get in You or on You”)

Who I think will win: Allison Janney, Mom

Who I think should win: Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Again, the Emmys have tend to give the supporting awards to repeat winners over the years so I have a good feeling that Janney will win yet again but can we please give some Emmy love to Anna Chlumsky please. She does just as much as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale do, give her some Emmy love for god’s sake.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson on All the Way (HBO)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride” (PBS)

Idris Elba as DCI John Luther on Luther (BBC America)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O. J. Simpson on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine on The Night Manager (AMC)

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Who I think will and should win: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Easily the greatest thing about American Crime Story, Courtney B. Vance should win this award easily, his performance as Johnnie Cochran was excellent.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist on Fargo (FX)

Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham on American Crime (ABC)

Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (HBO)

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine on American Crime (ABC)

Kerry Washington as Anita Hill on Confirmation (HBO)

Who I think will win: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Who I think should win: Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Out of all the nominees, I’d say that Sarah Paulson has the best shot of taking this award but since Kerry Washington didn’t get a nomination this year for Scandal, why not give her an Emmy for Confirmation, she’s long deserved it.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn on Bloodline (Netflix)
(Episode: “Part 23”)

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot (USA)
(Episode: “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov”)

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul (AMC)
(Episode: “Klick”)

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings on The Americans (FX)
(Episode: “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”)

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan on Ray Donovan (Showtime)
(Episode: “Exsuscito”)

Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood on House of Cards (Netflix)
(Episode: “Chapter 52”)

Who I think will win: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Who I think should win: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

I think the Emmys this year are going to give this to Rami Malek for Mr. Robot BUT I would love to see Bob Odenkirk finally get some Emmy love this year for Better Call Saul.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Homeland (Showtime)
(Episode: “Super Powers”)

Viola Davis as Prof. Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
(Episode: “There’s My Baby”)

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on Empire (Fox)
(Episode: “Rise by Sin”)

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Beth Childs, Rachel Duncan, and MK on Orphan Black (BBC America)
(Episode: “The Antisocialism of Sex”)

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans (FX)
(Episode: “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”)

Robin Wright as First Lady Claire Underwood on House of Cards (Netflix)
(Episode: “Chapter 49”)

Who I think will win: Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Who I think should win: Tatitana Maslany, Orphan Black

Taraji P. Henson seems like she has the best chance of taking this Emmy home this year and I won’t complain if she does. Still would love for Tatiana Maslany get some Emmy love for Orphan Black.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Sr. on Black-ish (ABC)
(Episode: “Hope”)

Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah on Master of None (Netflix)
(Episode: “Parents”)

Will Forte as Phil “Tandy” Miller on The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
(Episode: “30 Years of Science Down the Tubes”)

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless (Showtime)
(Episode: “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing”)

Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks on Silicon Valley (HBO)
(Episode: “The Empty Chair”)

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (Amazon)
(Episode: “Man on the Land”)

Who I think will win: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Who I think should win: William H. Macy, Shameless

Black-ish is one of the best network television shows out there and I think the Emmys will give Anderson his first Emmy for the award this year. At the same time, how about some Shameless love already?

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
(Episode: “Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!”)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer on Veep (HBO)
(Episode: “Mother”)

Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James on Getting On (HBO)
(Episode: “Am I Still Me?”)

Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on Black-ish (ABC)
(Episode: “Sink or Swim”)

Amy Schumer as Amy on Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
(Episode: “Welcome to the Gun Show”)

Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
(Episode: “The Test”)

Who I think will win: Ellie Kemper or Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Who I think should win: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Usually, the Emmys tends to give this award to the first time nominees for a new show, this is an award that has been given to Louis-Drefus for the first years of both Old Christine and Veep, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, and Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly. So, it’s not gonna surprise me if Ellie Kemper snags the award for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or if it gets another win for Dreyfus.

But, I want to see Tracee Ellis Ross get the award this year for Black-ish as she’s one of the reasons why that show works so well plus it’d be history as she’d be the first black actress to win a leading actress in a comedy series category since Isabel Sanford won for The Jeffersons in 1981.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

Who I think will and should win: The Voice

Still the best reality show out of all the nominees, quit giving this award to The Amazing Race every goddamn year.

Outstanding Television Movie

All the Way (HBO)

Confirmation (HBO)

Luther (BBC America)

Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride” (PBS)

A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

Who I think will win: Confirmation

Who I think should win: A Very Murray Christmas

Confirmation, I think, stands the best chance of winning this award but I wish that A Very Murray Christmas would win the award to give Netflix a boost this year.

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime (ABC)

Fargo (FX)

The Night Manager (AMC)

The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Roots (History)

Who I think will and should win: The People v. O.J. Simpson

It’s the most high profile of all the nominees, it’s got it in the bag.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now! (IFC)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Portlandia (IFC)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Who I think will win: Inside Amy Schumer

Who I think should win: Key & Peele

Amy Schumer’s show won the Emmy last year, wouldn’t surprise me if it won again but I think Key & Peele, which ended last year, should get it as a farewell from the Emmys.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

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 Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Who I think will and should win: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

For the first time this year, neither The Daily Show nor a show with Stephen Colbert is not nominated this year so the table is wide open for any show to take it’s place, Last Week Tonight has the chance to fill that void in this category and have a long standing run in this category like Daily Show and Colbert Report did.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans (FX)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Mr. Robot (USA)

Who I think will and should win: Game Of Thrones

A really good category this year but nothing compares to Game Of Thrones, it’s not gonna surprise me if this wins for the second year in a row.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)

Master of None (Netflix)

Modern Family (ABC)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Veep (HBO)

Who I think will win: Veep or Silicon Valley

Who I think should win: Black-ish

Veep will probably take the win this year again, I would even say Silicon Valley has a really solid chance this year. The biggest shock of the night would be if Black-ish takes the award this year, I think the comedy really has stepped up big time to become the one sitcom that saved network television from total extinction and I think that the show should get the award and fill that void Modern Family held for four years.

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