The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards – Nomination Predictions
July is here and that can only mean one thing; it’s time for the Primetime Emmy Predictions! With the official nods being announced by Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold on July 12, it’s only fitting that we give you our thoughts on who we think will be nominated.
We have coined the 2018 Emmys as the ‘Year of Comebacks.’ We saw several reboots make their way back to television (both network and streaming) over the past 12-months and we’ve also seen some of our favorite actors return to television as well. While movie reboots and remakes rarely work, the same can’t be said for television.
For the ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series’ category we foresee Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) all being nominated. All three men have won Emmys in the past and their current portrayals have been outstanding over the past year. So who do we think should get the Emmy out of these three? Our money is on entertainment vet, Larry David.
For the ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ category, there will definitely be some repeats from previous years. “SNL’s” Kate McKinnon (who won last year), Meghan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), and Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) are shoe-ins for repeat nods given their stellar performances this past season. We’re also hoping that Betty Gilpin from Netflix’s “GLOW” will get a nomination for her work on the new series. Though plagued with controversy due to Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter remarks, we are pulling for Laurie Metcalf to be nominated for her work on the reboot of ABC’s “Roseanne.” A nomination and win for Metcalf would mean she would have both a Tony and an Emmy win under her belt in less than six months.
Alec Baldwin is the man to beat for the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’ category. Baldwin’s uncanny imitation of Donald Trump on “SNL” continues to be a hit. His comedic timing is amazing and can’t be touched. Some may argue that he isn’t a regular cast member of the show, but Baldwin has gotten more air-time on the NBC series than some of the credited cast. If Baldwin isn’t nominated and awarded the Emmy, then our fingers are crossed for Tituss Burgess from Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
We can’t help but root for the cast members of ABC’s “Scandal” to get thrown into the nominations mix somehow; mainly because the show ended its seven-year run in May. Notably, actor Jeff Perry (who played Cyrus Beene on the series) had a roller coaster story-line this past season that made us love him and then hate him all over again. We know that ‘TGIT Queen’ Shonda Rhimes can’t win ’em all, so if Viola Davis can be nominated (again) for ‘Best Actress in a Drama Series,’ then we won’t be too sad if Perry isn’t given a nod.
This year’s ‘Best Comedy Series’ category will probably be one of the most diverse we’ve seen in a long time. We predict that “Atlanta” (FX),“black-ish” (ABC), “GLOW” (Netflix), “Modern Family” (ABC) and “Will & Grace” (NBC) will all be nominated, with “Will & Grace” taking home the win. The outcome for this category would likely be different, if “VEEP” wasn’t on hiatus due to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer treatment.
With the now second season of the “The Handmaid’s Tale” coming to an end, the wildly popular HULU series will definitely be knocking the competition out of the park for the 2018 Emmys. We predict that the show will be nominated for ‘Best Drama Series,’ actress Elizabeth Moss will get a nod for ‘Best Actress in a Drama Series,’ and both Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd will be nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.’
While we wait in anticipation for the nominations to be revealed, we will happily watch and re-watch our favorite shows just to see if our feelings change between now and the big night, where Hollywood’s elite will be rewarded for their work.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost. Tune in to see the winners, as the 2018 Emmys will air on Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.