2016 Emmy Predictions

The Emmys are on THIS SUNDAY and we are pumped for this year’s nominations. This year’s nominees are diverse and full of surprises and exciting prospects for some of the soon-to-be winners. Here are our picks!

Predictions by Catherine Gonzales and Dana Summers

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Photo Credit: USA Network
Photo Credit: USA Network

Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”)

Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)

Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Why? Look, I love my Coach Taylor, but Kyle Chandler has already won an Emmy for his memorable role in “Friday Night Lights.” He’s solid in “Bloodline,” but I’m rooting for Rami Malek for his portrayal of the uber nerd hacker in Mr. Robot. This decision was a close tie with Matthew Rhys, whose work in “The Americans” has finally been acknowledged! I’m still going with Rami for the win for making nerds and loners everywhere cool and sexy! -Catherine

Best Actress in a Drama Series

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Photo Credit: BBC America

Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”)

Claire Danes (“Homeland”)

Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”)

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)

Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Why? I got to go for my girl Tatiana for this one! I love the underdog, and yes, Keri can be considered an underdog as well for her role in the very underestimated “The Americans” I’m leaning toward the multi-clone portrayal this year. Since this is the last season of “Orphan Black” I feel like maybe this will be the year for acknowledging Tatiana’s great work throughout the series! -Catherine

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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Photo Credit: Netflix

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)

Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)

Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”)

William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”)

Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Why? This may be a long shot as Jeffrey Tambor is probably the favorite to win, but we’re rooting for Aziz. This would not only be a step towards diversity, but a well-deserved win for Aziz who created a show that is not only entertaining to watch, but breaking stereotypes! -Catherine

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

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Photo Credit: HBO

Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Laurie Metcalf (“Getting On”)

Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)

Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”)

Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

Why? Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a shoe in to win because “Veep” is as hot as ever with the critic and it will be hard for Emmy voters to resist making Julia Louis-Dreyfus the most awarded lead comedy actress in Emmy history after her already record breaking four consecutive lead actress wins for Veep. While Amy Schumer and Tracee Ellis Ross are definitely going to give the Louis-Dreyfus a run for her money, it’s going to be an upset if the “Veep” star doesn’t come out on top. -Dana

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Image Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Image Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)

Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)

Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)

Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”)

Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”)

Why? Please just read our Season 6 recaps if you need more clarification on our pick. I love you Peter Dinklage, but I think your nomination was wasted this year and should have gone to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kit has come along way from the portrayal of being Ned Stark’s bastard son. The reason why “Battle of the Bastards” was so good was because of Kit’s performance and growth throughout the series that has made us so invested! (The curls don’t hurt either.) -Catherine

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Photo Credit: HBO

Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”)

Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)

Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”)

Maura Tierney (“The Affair”)

Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”)

Constance Zimmer (“UnREAL”)

Why? Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont) got robbed of a nomination, so this is a no-brainer. Emilia Clarke’s work was nothing new in this season–solid and empowering, yes–but nothing like the transformation that Lena had to portray. Her fierceness as Cersei this season has contributed to scaring the shit out of us and for that, she deserve all the accolades! -Catherine

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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Photo Credit: Netflix

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)

Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)

Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Tony Hale (“Veep”)

Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”)

Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Why? This category is easily one of the tightest races this year. While it’s difficult to choose, my vote goes to Tituss Burgess for his scene stealing role as Titus Andromedon in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” In just one season, Titus Andromedon became iconic with his hilarious moments being shared in the forms of reaction gifs, memes, and videos throughout social media. Burgess has cemented his role as Titus Andromedon the funniest character on Netflix if not television right now. -Dana

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

From left to right: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Photo Credit: CBS
From left to right: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Photo Credit: CBS

Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

Gaby Hoffmann (“Transparent”)

Allison Janney (“Mom”)

Judith Light (“Transparent”)

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Niecy Nash (“Getting On”)

Why? Allison Janney is a veteran in this category with two consecutive wins and is expected to snag a third. While this isn’t the most competitive category of the Emmy’s, there may be an upset with  Anna Chlumsky taking the award after four consecutive nominations. People have been rooting for Chlumsky to win for ages and if she manages to rally enough support and PR behind her, she just might be coming home with the gold. -Dana

Best Drama Series

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“The Americans” (FX)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“Mr. Robot” (USA)

“Homeland” (Showtime)

Why? “Game of Thrones” will probably win this category because it’s a cultural phenomenon that people can’t get enough of. Was this season its best season? Hell no, but it’s probably going to win anyway because it’s the most influential show on television right now. However, the winner really should be “Mr. Robot” or “The Americans” because both shows are ambitious, innovative, and thrilling. “Mr. Robot” is changing the face of modern-day television with its unconventional storyline and its unique cinematic aesthetic. I’m not expecting an upset, but I hope “The Americans” or “Mr. Robot” come out as the dark horse and snatch the Emmy away from “Game of Thrones.” –Dana

Best Comedy Series

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“Veep” (HBO)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Master of None” (Netflix)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Black-ish” (ABC)

Why? “Silicon Valley” makes tech nerd life funny, cool, and a step up from the almost too family friendly, “The Big Bang Theory” who is on its last leg, having not being nominated in this category. Where “The Big Bang Theory” can’t go, “Silicon Valley” can, which makes a more raw, entertaining view of a world that few of us will ever be a part of. -Catherine

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