Emmy Awards predictions 2016 is kind of tough, to say the least. For instance, it’s hard to say if Julia Louis-Dreyfus will bag her fifth Emmy as Best Comedy Actress. Or, has her winning streak weaned this year?
Also, in the best actor category, there are a lot of nominees who were never on the list before. Bryan Cranston, John Hamm and Jeff Daniels are no longer in the running. Could Kyle Chandler of Bloodline make it then?
This year, there might be a lot surprises coming up. Here’s the full list this coming weekend:
Outstanding Drama Series
Who?s Gonna Win: Game of Thrones
Who Might Win: The Americans
This season’s Game of Thrones went beyond the story lines in the novels. This is challenging for the people behind the production. They risked a lot of things, had to figure out how much they’d give in to the viewer’s wishes. They had to put humor in a very dark time, and ended up with a big battle to satisfy their fans’ craving. So it’s pretty much a sure win.
However, The Americans has been a long time fave by critics and for the first time, it is nominated in a drama category after their very strong season. We still need to find out if the Emmy’s will want to give them the honor this year. Make up for the years of being ignored, perhaps?
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Who Might Win: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
A new leading man is up for grabs now that Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm are no longer in the running. Malek has been a critic fave as the delusional hacker for Mr. Robot.
Kevin Spacey hasn’t bagged this category yet for House of Cards. Unfortunately, last season wasn’t that good and even highlighted co-star Robin Wright more than him. Odenkirk, on the other hand, gave an amazing performance on Better Call Saul. But knowing the Television Academy, they’d probably give the nod to Malek.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who Might Win: Keri Russell, The Americans
Last season’s House of Cards gave it their all for Wright. They gave her a fighting chance as she fought for her independence from Frank Underwood played by Spacey. The Television Academy appreciated the effort and might just hand her the Emmy.
Russell of The Americans will be her toughest competitor. Russell is nominated in the category for the first time. Talks are starting about the series moving forward after four seasons. The Television Academy may want to give them credit for this.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Veep
Who Might Win: Transparent
HBO‘s Veep came out really strong last season, that’s why they got a nod for nominations. If they win this year, it’s going to be the best comedy for two years back-to-back.
But Transparent also did an amazing job this year. This is their second nomination. And this year, there has been much conversation about trans issues. Will a powerful acceptance be their motive to swing the vote and choose them over Veep? We’ve yet to find out.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Who Might Win: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Tambor might actually bag the Emmy this year for Transparent.
However, Ansari gave a new perspective and style on diversity in Master of None. The Emmy’s might wish to consider Ansari for his hard work as writer, co-creator and star of the show.
Anthony Anderson of ?Black-ish might also win the award. This show is very timely and he put a lot of people smiling when he read his own name during July’s Emmy nominations.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Who Might Win: Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Right now, Louis-Dreyfus is tied with Helen Hunt for a record of four Emmys in this category. The show’s hot and it’s unlikely she’s going to lose this year.
If there’s anybody else who stands a chance against her, it’s Kemper. She gave a fresh take on the role of a girl saved from being locked up in a bomb shelter for years. All she ever wants is to experience life at its fullest.
Outstanding Limited Series
Who’s Gonna Win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Who Might Win: Fargo
Right now, audiences are thirsty for true crimes. So The People v. O.J. Simpson made the perfect timing. Also, people were not disappointed when they tuned in. The show got the second highest number of nominations next to Game of Thrones. So, it’s pretty much set for this category.
On the other hand, Fargo also has a fighting chance. It bagged the Emmy last year, which was both good and bad. Winning one could mean having the chance to snag it again. But it could also mean, once is enough. So give others a chance.
Outstanding TV Movie
Who’s Gonna Win: All the Way
Who Might Win: Confirmation
HBO is known for bagging this award for years, so that’s their edge.
Confirmation starred by Kerry Washington, who played the role of Anita Hill, is also very timely. It tackled race and gender in America which is very important especially last year.
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
Who’s Gonna Win: The Voice
Who Might Win: Top Chef
American Idol has left the air so it’s just The Voice remaining as the last standing singing competition. The Emmys might want to give them the award for that. It has strong viewership and rakes in superstar guest mentors.
And then there’s Top Chef. Its culinary theme gave viewers an alternative when reality shows were becoming a bore. Nominations for the show also kept on coming since 2007, winning one Emmy. But the show hasn’t changed much over the years. So Voice might still get the Emmy this time.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Key and Peele
Who Might Win: Inside Amy Schumer
It’s a tough battle for comedy shows this year. Inside Amy Schumer won last year. But Schumer was hot last year. Trainwreck was a success and even graced the cover of some magazines. However, this season lacked hype, and Schumer herself mentioned that she wanted to take a break from it.
So Key and Peele is going to win this time. And the show ended last year. So the Television Academy may choose to honor them for their hard work.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Who’s Gonna Win: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Who Might Win: Late Late Show with James Corden
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is the frontrunner to win the category. It’s been getting a lot of buzz lately especially during late-night chat.
However, James Corden is also getting a lot of hype especially after Corden showed his hosting prowess in the Tony Awards. Its “Carpool Karaoke” segment also got a lot of positive feedback. The fans love the biggest talents that guested in the segment.