And the Winner is…Our Predictions for the 69th Emmy Awards
The 69th Emmy Awards ceremony is less than two months away and we have put together a shortlist of who we believe will bring home their very own prized statue for the most popular categories.
This year’s Emmy nominations were announced on Jul 13 and they were chock-filled with surprises. From Saturday Night Live‘s reemergence by snagging a whopping 22 nods to Lena Dunham being snubbed for the final season of Girls.
For Lead Actress in a Drama series, we are betting on Viola Davis (once again) for her role as Annalise Keating in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Davis has proven time and time again that she is a versatile actor who isn’t afraid to be stripped of her make-up so she can fully dig into a role. Her win would be the perfect way to round out the year, having already won her first Oscar for the movie Fences in February.
Veteran Anthony Hopkins is the reason everyone loves Westworld, so it would a complete to shock to not see him take home the award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Though ageism runs rampant in the entertainment industry, Hopkins proves that an actor’s talent does not diminish as they get older. His portrayal of Dr. Robert Ford commands attention no matter who else is on the screen at the time.
This year’s nominees for Best Drama Series is a tough one to call, with shows such as House of Cards, This is Us and Better Call Saul, in the running, it is anyone’s guess. But even though the competition is stiff, we are giving our vote to Westworld. The freshman series has an exquisite cast of actors that kept the show entertaining week after week. We’d also like to make honorable mention to HULU‘s The Handmaid’s Tale, which was also nominated despite the criticism the show received for its subject matter.
For the Best Comedy Series category only two major network shows made the cut – Black-ish and Modern Family – with the remaining nominees coming from cable and Netflix. Though we’d love see Modern Family take home the Emmy, we firmly believe VEEP will take home the honor for the third year in a row.
We are ecstatic to see that year’s nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series are diverse! Jeffery Tambor is nominated once again, after having won the past two years for his role in Transparent. Though a third time would be a charm for the actor, we foresee Aziz Ansari from Masters of None winning this year.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the woman to beat for the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. The actress has won the award five consecutive times for her work on VEEP. While it would great to see someone else win, Louis-Dreyfus’s comedic talent cannot be denied and another win would be well-deserved and historic.
It was a huge year for Saturday Night Live and given the attention the show received this past season, it would be a huge let down to not see the show pick up some statues. Notably, we are betting on the show taking home wins for Alec Baldwin (Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series), Leslie Jones (Best Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series), and Melissa McCarthy (Guest Actress in A Comedy Series) and Best Variety Series.
Check out our previous post for the full list of nominees.
The 69th annual Emmy Awards is slated to air September 17 on CBS. Late night funnyman Stephen Colbert will serve as host.
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