'Game of Thrones,' 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'black-ish' lead our 2018 Emmys buzzmeter
By Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2018 | 3:45 AM
It’s the year(s) of Peak TV when there’s so much quality programming on the air that it seems there’s just never enough time to watch everything. All of which makes the Emmys a confusing time for many. How can you know what series might rise above the others come awards time if you haven’t seen them all? That’s exactly why we have a panel of professionals to guide you through it. Here, our Buzzmeter experts tell us what they think will win in 14 key Emmy categories at the big ceremony on Sept. 17. Have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
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Their picks in the key categories:
Drama series nominees: 'The Americans' |'The Crown' | 'Game of Thrones' | 'Handmaid's Tale' | 'Stranger Things' | 'This Is Us' | 'Westworld'
“'Handmaid's Tale.' It won this category last year, and Season 2 of 'Stranger Things' was better than 1, and OMG 'The Crown'! But 'Handmaid's' second season was chillingly topical, the writing is stellar and the music picked for the ending credits was consistently spot on. Talking Heads' 'Burning Down the House' hasn't sounded that relevant in years.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: Glenn, Lorraine, Tom
“Game of Thrones”: Matt
Comedy series nominees: 'Atlanta' | 'Barry' | 'black-ish' | 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' | 'GLOW' | 'Silicon Valley'
“I want 'Atlanta' to win simply because there really is nothing else like it on television. It's sharp, understated, contemporary and authentic in a tongue-in-cheek sorta way. But I have a feeling that 'Mrs. Maisel' will end up surprising absolutely no one and taking the prize.”
“Atlanta”: Glenn, Lorraine, Tom
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Matt
Drama actress 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'
“A repeat win is inevitable for Elisabeth Moss, whose desperation and coiled rage during Offred/June's season of pregnancy was a marvel of sustained intensity. (But I'm hoping for a tie with Claire Foy, her young Queen Elizabeth was graced with nuanced steel.)”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
Drama actor nominees: Jason Bateman, 'Ozark' | Sterling K. Brown, 'This Is Us' | Ed Harris, 'Westworld' | Matthew Rhys, 'The Americans' | Milo Ventimiglia, 'This Is Us' | Jeffrey Wright, 'Westworld'
“When a critically hailed drama goes off the air, voters often love to give a farewell hug to its lead star, as Jon Hamm ('Mad Men') and Kyle Chandler ('Friday Night Lights') discovered. Next up: Matthew Rhys.”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
“Rachel Brosnahan will win for the quality of her work and prominence on a show that deftly explores female empowerment.”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Glenn, Matt, Tom
Issa Rae, “Insecure”: Lorraine
Comedy actor 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'
“Voters love multi-hyphenates like past champs Ricky Gervais and Ray Romano and Donald Glover, who prevailed last year and will probably do so again if he can fend off an upset by multi-hyphenate Bill Hader.”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
Comedy supporting actress nominees: Zazie Beetz, 'Atlanta' | Alex Borstein, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' | Aidy Bryant, 'Saturday Night Live' | Betty Gilpin, 'GLOW' | Leslie Jones, 'Saturday Night Live' | Kate McKinnon, 'Saturday Night Live' | Laurie Metcalf, 'Roseanne' | Megan Mullally, 'Will & Grace'
“'Saturday Night Live's' Kate McKinnon could easily score a three-peat with her incredible chameleon gifts, but Alex Borstein's wisecracking yet deeply loyal manager feels like the rebirth of Thelma Ritter. She deserves to be part of a 'Mrs. Maisel' sweep.”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”: Glenn
Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”: Lorraine, Tom
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Matt
Comedy supporting actor nominees: Louie Anderson, 'Baskets' | Alec Baldwin, 'Saturday Night Live' | Tituss Burgess, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' | Brian Tyree Henry, 'Atlanta' | Tony Shalhoub, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' | Kenan Thompson, 'Saturday Night Live' | Henry Winkler, 'Barry'
“This is a tossup between Henry Winkler and Brian Tyree Henry of 'Atlanta,' but Winkler's portrayal of a sadistic Hollywood acting coach with a chip on his shoulder is the best thing about 'Barry.'”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
Drama supporting actress nominees: Alexis Bledel, 'The Handmaid’s Tale' | Millie Bobby Brown, 'Stranger Things' | Ann Dowd, 'The Handmaid’s Tale' | Lena Headey, 'Game of Thrones' | Vanessa Kirby, 'The Crown' | Thandie Newton, 'Westworld' | Yvonne Strahovski, 'The Handmaid’s Tale'
“It's possible that the three nominees from 'The Handmaid's Tale' will cancel each other out, but Yvonne Strahovski stepped up this season in a strong emotional arc, second only to Offred's, as the once-proud mistress of the house who's as oppressed and abused in her own way as any handmaid.”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Glenn, Matt
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”: Lorraine, Tom
Drama supporting actor nominees: Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, 'Game of Thrones' | Peter Dinklage, 'Game of Thrones' | Joseph Fiennes, 'The Handmaid's Tale' | David Harbour, 'Stranger Things' | Mandy Patinkin, 'Homeland' | Matt Smith, 'The Crown'
“David Harbour will be a chance to reward the popular 'Stranger Things.' And who doesn't love Sheriff Hopper?”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
TV movie nominees: 'Fahrenheit 451' | 'Flint' | 'Paterno' | 'The Tale' | 'Black Mirror: USS Callister'
“Look for a repeat here for 'Black Mirror' with its 'USS Callister' episode, a stinging critique of toxic masculinity.”
“Black Mirror: USS Callister”: Glenn, Matt, Tom
“The Tale”: Lorraine
Limited series nominees: 'The Alienist' | 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' | 'Genius: Picasso' | 'Godless' | 'Patrick Melrose'
“'Versace' has it all: sexy serial killer, fashion superstars, cross-country chase and, oh, yeah, 18 Emmy nominations in all of the key categories, including writing, directing, acting, editing, even sound mixing.”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom
Limited series actress nominees: Jessica Biel, 'The Sinner' | Laura Dern, 'The Tale' | Michelle Dockery, 'Godless' | Edie Falco, 'Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders' | Regina King, 'Seven Seconds' | Sarah Paulson, 'American Horror Story: Cult'
“This will probably go to Laura Dern because she's still on the academy's radar from 'Big Little Lies,' but Jessica Biel's powerful portrayal of haunted murderess Cora in 'The Sinner' was one of the bigger surprises in a year full of them.”
Laura Dern, “The Tale”: Glenn, Matt, Tom
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”: Lorraine
Limited series actor nominees: Antonio Banderas, 'Genius: Picasso' | Darren Criss, 'Versace' | Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Patrick Melrose' | Jeff Daniels, 'The Looming Tower' | John Legend, 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert' | Jesse Plemons, 'Black Mirror: USS Callister'
“Darren Criss will likely win. Although Benedict Cumberbatch could well win too. Neither of their shows were exactly easy to watch, were they?.”