Emmys 2018 Predictions: Who Will Win?
It’s never too early to start casting your imaginary Emmys ballot, and with the 2018 nominations now officially out, it’s time for the predictions to begin. Here are our early picks for the shows and actors most likely to take home the gold on September 17.
The nominees: Atlanta, Barry, black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The verdict: This is Atlanta’s year. While Donald Glover won two awards as the show’s lead actor and director in 2017, this category went to Veep. With Veep out of the running and Atlanta arguably buzzier than ever coming off its second season, it’s hard to imagine this going to another show.
The nominees: The Americans, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld
The verdict: This category looks very similar to how it did in 2017, but Game of Thrones being back in the running shakes things up a little. Still, The Handmaid’s Tale seems likely to continue its reign – it won eight awards last year and has only gathered critical and popular steam since then, even after its divisive season two finale.
The nominees: The Alienist, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Godless, Genius, Patrick Melrose
The verdict: With Big Little Lies out of the running until next year, there’s no clear frontrunner here. While The Assassination of Gianni Versace didn’t have quite the impact of its Emmys-sweeping predecessor The People v OJ Simpson, it was still a sharply written and lusciously cinematic exploration of a serial killer and his victims, and could well take the prize.
The nominees: Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Donald Glover (Atlanta) Bill Hader (Barry), William H. Macy, Shameless
The verdict: There are two major new players here in Ted Danson and Bill Hader, both of whom are already beloved enough as comedians to make a win feel plausible. And though not a new player, Larry David’s return to this category for the first time since Curb went off the air in 2011 makes this even tougher to call. And then there’s the strong possibility that Donald Glover takes this award for the second year running.
The nominees: Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Allison Janney (Mom), Issa Rae (Insecure), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
The verdict: Rachel Brosnahan’s sensational, vibrant performance in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is the one to beat; she won the Golden Globe in the equivalent category, and since the show overall scored a huge 14 nominations, there’s clearly a lot of voter support here.
The nominees: Antonio Banderas (Genius), Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower), John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar), Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)
The verdict: Darren Criss’s mesmerizing performance as serial killer Andrew Cunanan felt like a shoo-in for this award when the show premiered back in January, and that hasn’t substantially changed. Cumberbatch is an Emmys mainstay at this point; he’s been nominated on a near-annual basis since 2012, and his work in Patrick Melrose is stellar, so he could be Criss’s biggest competition.
The nominees: Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Laura Dern (The Tale), Michelle Dockery (Godless), Edie Falco (Law & Order: The Menendez Murders), Regina King (Seven Seconds), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
The verdict: Laura Dern. Not only because she is Laura Dern, but because her stunning turn in HBO’s timely sexual abuse drama The Tale is the kind of performance that demands recognition.
The nominees: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Ed Harris (Westworld), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
The verdict: This is Matthew Rhys’s third nomination for The Americans, and with the beloved, acclaimed FX spy drama now concluded, this could finally be his year to win. But Sterling K Brown could well pull off a repeat win for his consistently MVP work on This Is Us; he’s already won the Globe and SAG award this year.
The nominees: Claire Foy (The Crown), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
The verdict: Claire Foy has now left The Crown along with the rest of its major cast (the show has been entirely recast with older actors from season three onwards), and her nuanced depiction of the young Queen Elizabeth was exceptional. She’s already won the SAG Award this year, and this is the Emmys’ last chance to vote for her in this role. But it’s also hard to imagine Elisabeth Moss not winning again for The Handmaid’s Tale; her performance in season two was somehow even more emotionally rich and devastating than in season one.
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