The most prestigious television awards, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, are finally here and we’re more excited than ever! The choices are tough, there are a lot of new entries and the Emmy veterans keep getting better. Nevertheless, we decided to pick our favourites of the lot who might just snag their deserved winged woman statuette.
Series: The People V Oj Simpson
The People v OJ Simpson is full of cracker performances, which has earned the show a huge number of nominations in the Emmys this year. The lesser-known Olive Kitteridge was a surprise last year, but People v OJ looks like a safe bet for the win this time around. It being one of the most talked-about cases does help its credentials too. The Night Manager is the only one that could prove to be a wet blanket on their celebrations.
Actor: Cuba Gooding Jr (the people v oj simpson) Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston — with such a power-packed choice of nominees, it’s very hard to find out who will win. But our bet lies with Cuba Gooding Jr for The People v OJ Simpson. His work portraying the criminal OJ Simpson stunned audiences worldwide and being the underdog in the group could make the win even sweeter. Despite the heavy contenders, Cuba is the person who will grab the award.
Actress: Kirsten Dunst(Fargo) Although Sarah Paulson has been a glorious leading lady to the The People V OJ Simpson cast and could potentially be the winner, we’re never the ones for clean sweeps. Fargo has been a strong classic for a while and the cast and writing keeps getting better. If that is anything to go by, we believe that Kirsten Dunst has a big shot at receiving the award for Best Actress in this cateogry.
Drama Series: Game of Thrones Is there any way Game of Thrones, that has in the past earned outstanding praise, accolades and nominations, could ever let up their hold on Outstanding Drama Series We think not! But as is the case with most nominees, this too has some contenders that could get surprise wins — The Americans and Mr Robot. Nonetheless, the last season of GoT was one of the most impactful in the series and the award is probably theirs to lose.
Actor: Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) Mad Men is gone and with it is Jon Hamm as a contender for Emmys this year. That makes this year’s Outstanding Actor in Drama one of the most exciting! There has been much noise about Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Lieve Schreiber in Ray Donovan and even Matthew Rhys in The Americans. But we think this year it’s Rami Malek’s and his astounding work in Mr Robot supports that.
Actress: Viola Davis (How to get away with murder) The leading ladies of drama television are known to be a tough pack and the fight to the top is hard this year as well. With a historic win and a heart-rending speech by Viola Davis last year, we don’t see any reason why she doesn’t deserve it this year as well! Keri Russell’s brand new nomination could stand a chance and Taraji’s fireball performance in Empire stands out too, but Viola will probably nick this one.
Comedy Series: Veep Veep still holds fast on its stronghold in this category and it’s hard to grab the awards from them. Although Transparent is the only candidate that could do some damage to the leader, and Black-ish is the dark horse that could surprise us all — Veep is still going strong. The show ended Modern Family’s streak last year and it’s highly possible that the hilarious political comedy could be holding on this year as well.
Actor: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) With last year’s win, Jeffrey Tambor’s exceptional performance in Transparent doesn’t seem to be letting up! There is some stiff competition from William H Macy in Shameless whose work is flawless and Anthony Anderson in Black-ish who has a dedicated fan following, but Jeffrey is the most prominent bet. His acting chops will most probably earn him yet another feather in his cap.
Actress: Laurie Metcalf (Getting On) Although Julia-Louis Dreyfuss has done a stellar job in Veep and could be keeping this award, Laurie Metcalf’s work in Getting On could prove to be a big upset! Laurie’s stellar portrayal of a dysfunctional nurse in the female geriatric ward gives her an edge over the others. Not only that, the fact that this will be the last time Getting On will be nominated since their series finale aired could be a reason for the award going to the seasoned actress.