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Predicting the Winners of the 2020 Emmys

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Best Drama Series

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.7
Succession (2018)
And the Nominees are...



*Better Call Saul
*The Crown
*The Handmaid's Tale
*Killing Eve
*The Mandalorian
*Ozark
*Stranger Things
*Succession

And the Emmy goes to...

**Succession**

This one is going to come down to The Crown, Ozark or Succession. They're the only series here to score both directing and writing nominations (Saul was the only other series to even score writing nods), each has numerous acting nominations, and each have the prestige factor. The Crown is the first one out though; it didn't do that well acting nom-wise (only two for a sprawling cast), and only increased by one directing nomination. It is, also, maybe too prestigious; it's too obvious a winner. Respectable, but not the kind to incite passion or awe.

It comes to Ozark and Succession. Both scored 18 nominations overall, and both have a lot of momentum. Ozark premiered much later, so it's still fresh in voters minds, but I think it's Succession that's more potent. In had it's finale last October, and still managed to crush it with nominations, including scoring nine acting nominations, most of which were for it's main cast, and two directing slots. Ozark did score a surprising amount of writing nominations, leading that field with three, but it didn't exceed expectations elsewhere, with no new cast members nominated despite great work from a great ensemble. I'll stop speaking in circles; either could win, but Succession seems to have more love.

Power Rankings
1. Succession
2. Ozark
3. The Crown
4. The Mandalorian
5. Better Call Saul
6. The Handmaid's Tale
7. Stranger Things
8. Killing Eve
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Best Comedy Series

People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.5
And the Nominees are...



*Curb Your Enthusiasm
*Dead to Me
*The Good Place
*Insecure
*The Kominsky Method
*The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*Schitt's Creek
*What We Do in the Shadows

And the Emmy goes to...

**Schitt's Creek**

This one comes down to Mrs. Maisel and Schitt's Creek, with the latter appearing to have the momentum this time. While the previous winner continues to be a favorite (20 nominations makes it the year's second-most nominated series, behind the limited series favorite), Schitt's Creek's nomination total exploded to 15 compared to last year's modest four, clearly showing a great deal of support for the Canadian hit. Throw in the fact that this is the last chance to reward the series, and it looks pretty strong. Final seasons usually aren't a guarantee, by any regard, but the fact that the series ended as notably as it did, when it's notoriety is at it's peak, is a great boost.

Power Rankings
1. Schitt's Creek
2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
3. The Good Place
4. Insecure
5. What We Do in the Shadows
6. Dead to Me
7. The Kominsky Method
8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
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Best Limited Series

People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Watchmen (2019)
And the Nominees are...



*Little Fires Everywhere
*Mrs. America
*Unbelievable
*Unorthodox
*Watchmen

And the Emmy goes to...

**Watchmen**

It was thought, early in the season, that this would be a relatively close race with Mrs. America and Watchmen. Then COVID hit, and George Floyd's death triggered a fundamental change in the way many Americans saw race in this country. Then the latter series got a staggering 26 nominations. Watchmen is the show of the moment; a searing work that examines the generational toll of racism and oppression. It was a strong contender before, it appears near-unbeatable now.

Power Rankings
1. Watchmen
2. Mrs. America
3. Unorthodox
4. Little Fires Everywhere
5. Unbelievable
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Best TV Movie

People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bad Education (2020)
And the Nominees are...



*American Son
*Bad Education
*Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: These Old Bones
*El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
*Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend

And the Emmy goes to...

**Bad Education**

Possibly the most low energy that this category has ever been, none of these films were particularly beloved. Only two managed to score acting nods (Bad Education and Kimmy Schmidt), none got writing/directing nods, and the most nominated of the bunch was, El Camino, has just four nominations, with the other three nominations beyond this one being sound and editing nominations. With that in mind, Bad Education seems like the easiest to take; it got an acting nomination and it's HBO's only player in a sea of Netflix (splitting support). Again though, it's doesn't seem to matter.

Power Rankings
1. Bad Education
2. El Camino
3. Kimmy vs. the Reverend
4. American Son
5. These Old Bones
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Best Variety Sketch Series

People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
And the Nominees are...



*A Black Lady Sketch Show
*Drunk History
*Saturday Night Live

And the Emmy goes to...

**A Black Lady Sketch Show**

With just three nominees, this category is the most trivial that it's ever been. SNL is the easiest, safest pick here, and Drunk History may get a boost from it's cancellation, but my gut says that they'll take a chance on A Black Lady Sketch Show. It's a guess, but I think voters will see this as a chance to honor both the series, and the oft-overlooked contributions of black women to comedy.

Power Rankings
1. A Black Lady Sketch Show
2. SNL
3. Drunk History
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Best Variety Talk Series

And the Nominees are...



*The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Jimmy Kimmel Live!
*Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
*The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

And the Emmy goes to...

**Last Week Tonight with John Oliver**

At this point, Last Week Tonight is my default prediction. This is an odd year, so I wouldn't call a Daily Show or Late Show win unthinkable, but Oliver's has the pedigree and a history of winning.

Power Rankings
1. Last Week Tonight
2. The Daily Show
3. The Late Show
4. Full Frontal
5. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Mrs. America (2020)
And the Nominees are...



*Cate Blanchett- Mrs. America
*Shira Haas- Unorthodox
*Regina King- Watchmen
*Octavia Spencer- Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
*Kerry Washington- Little Fires Everywhere

And the Emmy Goes to...

**Regina King- Watchmen**

I think it'll be King, but this category is pretty stacked. She's a beloved figure in the industry (three Emmy wins, plus the Oscar), and Watchmen is the most nominated series this year. Blanchett is beloved too though, so she could easily take this one. This category likes heroes though, and she's playing a highly divisive (or, more accurately, hated) figure. Haas isn't, and could make a very possible spoiler; the series was a surprise contender in numerous categories, and it's a breakout performance. Hell, I'd say Washington even has an outside shot at taking this one; she's never won, and the series is well-represented. If the three women above split enough voters, she could easily swoop in for her first win. King is the most probable though, so she's my pick.

Power Rankings
1. King
2. Blanchett
3. Haas
4. Washington
5. Spencer
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Best Actor in a Comedy Series

People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Ramy (2019)
And the Nominees are...



*Anthony Anderson- Black-ish
*Don Cheadle- Black Monday
*Ted Danson- The Good Place
*Michael Douglas- The Kominsky Method
*Eugene Levy- Schitt's Creek
*Ramy Youssef- Ramy

And the Emmy goes to...

**Ramy Youssef- Ramy**

Danson, Levy or Youssef. Levy's show has the momentum; Danson's beloved here, and many could see at his time to finally win another (after only two wins from 13 previous nominations); Youssef is the new kid on the block, benefiting from both that and his auteur bonafides (he's nominated for directing, too). I couldn't take Levy because it just didn't sit right picking Schitt's Creek for (SPOILER) every acting category, and the traditional "straight man" role isn't a fruitful one here; Danson because, as good as he is, he's won before, and despite numerous nominations The Good Place's final season doesn't seem to have the heat that the other departing favorite does. I'm not too certain about Youssef here, but more dramatically-tinged performances have won this category for the past five years, and the last three have been won by creator/stars. Not a lot to go on, but enough for me in a bit of a mixed field.

Power Rankings
1. Ramy Youssef- "You Are Naked in Front of Your Sheikh"
2. Eugene Levy- "The Pitch"
3. Ted Danson- "Whenever You're Ready"
4. Michael Douglas- "Chapter 12: A Libido Sits in the Fridge"
5. Don Cheadle- "Who Are You Supposed to Be?"
6. Anthony Anderson- "Love, Boat"
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Best Actress in a Drama Series

People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Killing Eve (2018)
And the Nominees are...



*Jennifer Aniston- The Morning Show
*Olivia Colman- The Crown
*Jodie Comer- Killing Eve
*Laura Linney- Ozark
*Sandra Oh- Killing Eve
*Zendaya- Euphoria

And the Emmy goes to...

**Laura Linney- Ozark**

This one looks like a rather close race, with Anniston, Colman and Linney all looking like legitimate contenders, and even Comer and Zendaya appearing to be solid spoiler possibilities. My gut says it'll be Linney though; Ozark had a major increase in nominations this year, and the show has, more or less, become her show. Her episode submission "Fire Pink" is the kind of brutal, unforgettable work that's hard to deny, and I think that'll give her the edge.

Power Rankings
1. Laura Linney- "Fire Pink"
2. Olivia Colman- "Cri de Coeur"
3. Jennifer Aniston- "In the Dark Night of the Soul It’s Always 3:30 in the Morning"
4. Jodie Comer- "Are You From Pinner?"
5. Zendaya- "Made You Look"
6. Sandra Oh- "Are You Leading or Am I?"
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Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
And the nominees are...



*Jeremy Irons- Watchmen
*Hugh Jackman- Bad Education
*Paul Mescal- Normal People
*Jeremy Pope- Hollywood
*Mark Ruffalo- I Know This Much is True

And the Emmy Goes to...

**Mark Ruffalo- I Know This Much Is True**

This award typically goes to an actor from a series/movie nominated for a top series prize. If that holds this year, it'll be Irons or Jackman. As it would be pretty surprising if Irons won (it's strong work, but he's an Oscar/Emmy winner already, and his role on Watchmen wasn't the most heralded of this bunch), that gives Jackman a leg up. The TV academy has been shying away from TV movies lately though, with only two of the past 10 winners coming from them (three if you include Cumberbatch's win for Sherlock: His Last Vow, but that's still part of a series). With that in mind, I think Ruffalo's showier work playing twins with mental issues will grab him his first acting Emmy (he won as a producer for The Normal Heart). The miniseries was loved as a whole, but even people who didn't care for it likely won't be able to argue with Ruffalo's work. Mescal or Pope both have shots at surprising; both give breakout performances, which have netted the past two winners here their trophies. Ruffalo seems like the safest, easiest choice; i.e. the one they'll probably take.

Power Rankings
1. Ruffalo
2. Jackman
3. Mescal
4. Irons
5. Pope
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Best Actress in a Comedy Series

People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
And the nominees are...



*Christina Applegate- Dead to Me
*Rachel Brosnahan- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*Linda Cardellini- Dead to Me
*Catherine O'Hara- Schitt's Creek
*Issa Rae- Insecure
*Tracee Ellis Ross- Black-ish

And the Emmy goes to...

**Catherine O'Hara- Schitt's Creek**

Brosnahan is always a threat here, and this is a pretty loaded category otherwise, but O'Hara looks like the winner this year. It's the last chance to honor her for this fan-favorite character, and the series' looks like the big player in a lot of categories this year. Not a lock, but likely.

Power Rankings
1. Catherine O'Hara- "The Incident"
2. Rachel Brosnahan- "A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo..."
3. Issa Rae- "Lowkey Happy"
4. Christina Applegate- "It's Not You, It's Me"
5. Linda Cardellini- "If Only You Knew"
6. Tracee Ellis Ross- "Kid Life Crisis"
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Best Actor in a Drama Series

People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
This Is Us (2016)
And the Nominees are...



*Jason Bateman- Ozark
*Sterling K. Brown- This Is Us
*Steve Carell- The Morning Show
*Brian Cox- Succession
*Billy Porter- Pose
*Jeremy Strong- Succession

And the Emmy goes to...

**Jeremy Strong- Succession**

This is a pretty stacked category, so it could go a lot of different ways, but I'm leaning towards Bateman, Cox or Strong. Brown's won before and This Is Us dropped off this years; Porter did more top-notch work, but no man has won this award consecutively in 10 years, and Pose missed the Drama series boat; if The Morning Show had scored a series nod or had he gone supporting, Carell might be looking at his first win, but I just don't see the momentum there.

Traditional wisdom says that Cox and Strong will, likely, split; each so good that they'll take each others votes. That would land Bateman his first acting win, and it looks like a solid bet considering Ozark expanded in a big way this year. I don't think his submission is that strong though, and the "due" narrative dried up with his directing win last year. I also don't think the Succession duo will split that much; despite excellent work from Cox all season, especially in his submission "Hunting" ("BOAR ON THE FLOOR!"), Strong's breakout work was one of the major critical takeways from the series' lauded second season. His submission "This Is Not for Tears" is another feather in his cap, leading to a great final moment. Splitting is a very real possibility, but I'm leaning on Strong winning.

Power Rankings
1. Jeremy Strong- "This Is Not for Tears"
2. Jason Bateman- "Su Casa Es Mi Casa"
3. Brian Cox- "Hunting"
4. Billy Porter- "Love's in Need of Love Today"
5. Steve Carell- "Lonely at the Top"
6. Sterling K. Brown- "After the Fire"
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Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
And the Nominees are...



*Mahershala Ali- Ramy
*Alan Arkin- The Kominsky Method
*Andre Braugher- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
*Sterling K. Brown- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*William Jackson Harper- The Good Place
*Dan Levy- Schitt's Creek
*Tony Shalhoub- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*Kenan Thomspon- Saturday Night Live

And the Emmy goes to...

**Dan Levy- Schitt's Creek**

I think I had the hardest time with this one. I'm fairly certain it'll be Levy or Shalhoub, but I really couldn't find much to give either a leg up. Shalhoub won another SAG award, but Levy's got multiple nominations this year, from a beloved departing show looking to take the ceremony by storm. In the end, that was what got me; Schitt's momentum.

Power Rankings
1. Dan Levy- "Happy Ending"
2. Tony Shalhoub- "Marvelous Radio"
3. William Jackson Harper- "Whenever You're Ready"
4. Mahershala Ali- "Little Omar"
5. Alan Alda- "Chapter 14: A Secret Leaks, a Teacher Speaks"
6. Sterling K. Brown- "Panty Pose"
7. Kenan Thompason- "At Home #2"
8. Andre Braugher- "Ranson"
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Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Movie

People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Unbelievable (2019)
And the Nominees are...



*Uzo Aduba- Mrs. America
*Toni Collette- Unbelievable
*Margo Martindale- Mrs. America
*Jean Smart- Watchmen
*Holland Taylor- Hollywood
*Tracey Ullman- Mrs. America

And the Emmy goes to...

**Jean Smart- Watchmen**

Unlike a lot of categories, none of them women are due here; in fact, Collette's the only one who hasn't won multiple. That may change, as she's been the most consistently precursor-nominated person here; Golden Globe and SAG nominations, with a Critics' Choice win. The downside to that is that Unbelievable was released well before any of these other series, and doesn't appear to have their momentum. As good as they are, I'd say that the Mrs. America women are going to split the vote, as none seem to have much momentum over the other two (if one of them does, it's probably Aduba, but I'm not sure). Despite customarily strong work, I really don't see Taylor pulling off an upset. All of this leads me to believe that Smart will win this based on vote-splitting, the sheer power of her performance, and the clear love that Watchmen has.

Power Rankings
1. Jean Smart- "She Was Killed By Space Junk"
2. Toni Collette- "Episode 6"
3. Uzo Aduba- "Shirley"
4. Holland Taylor- "Jump"
5. Margo Martindale- "Bella"
6. Tracey Ullman- "Betty"
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Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
And the Nominees are...



*Nicholas Braun- Succession
*Billy Crudup- The Morning Show
*Kieran Culkin- Succession
*Mark Duplass- The Morning Show
*Giancarlo Esposito- Better Call Saul
*Matthew Macfayden- Succession
*Bradley Whitford- The Handmaid's Tale
*Jeffrey Wright- Westworld

And the Emmy goes to...

**Billy Crudup- The Morning Show**

A very strong category that, to my eyes, comes down to Crudup and Culkin. While Culkin's got the hotter show, and has seemingly been in the poll position for Succession here, scoring two straight Golden Globe nominations, he's also gotta compete against two costars. Braun isn't a major threat, but Macfayden's bizarrely endearing character has been a unique scene-stealer since the start, enough so that I see him as a potential winner, and a definite voter-splitter with Culkin. Crudup, in contrast, doesn't have much competition from his own series. Duplass is solid, but Crudup won the Critics' Choice Award, and scored a SAG nod; i.e. he's the priority. Though a Esposito upset isn't out of the cards (between this and The Mandalorian, the academy seems to love the guy), I think this one is Crudup's.

Power Rankings
1. Billy Crudup- "Chaos Is the New Cocaine"
2. Kieran Culkin- "Tern Haven"
3. Matthew Macfayden- "This Is Not for Tears"
4. Giancarlo Esposito- "JMM"
5. Bradley Whitford- "Sacrifice"
6. Jeffrey Wright- "Crisis Theory"
7. Mark Duplass- "The Interview"
8. Nicholas Braun- "This Is Not for Tears"
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Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

People who added this item 1138 Average listal rating (831 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
And the Nominees are...



*Alex Borstein- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*D'Arcy Carden- The Good Place
*Betty Gilpin- GLOW
*Marin Hinkle- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*Kate McKinnon- Saturday Night Live
*Annie Murphy- Schitt's Creek
*Yvonne Orji- Insecure
*Cecily Strong- Saturday Night Live

And the Emmy goes to...

**Annie Murphy- Schitt's Creek**

Borstein is still a very strong contender here, but no woman has won this category more than twice in a row since Doris Roberts won three consecutive from 2001-2003. While I could easily see her being the one to break the streak, I think voters will look past her this year. For those reasons, as well as a Schitt's Creek love train and the strength of her work, I think Murphy wins. It's the kind of likable, scene-stealing work that often takes this category.

Power Rankings
1. Annie Murphy- "The Presidential Suite"
2. Alex Borstein- "Marvelous Radio"
3. Kate McKinnon- "Host: Daniel Craig"
4. D'Arcy Carden- "You've Changed Man"
5. Marin Hinkle- "A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo..."
6. Yvonne Orji- "Lowkey Lost"
7. Betty Gilpin- "A Very GLOW Christmas"
8. Cecily Strong- "Host: Eddie Murphy"
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Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Movie

People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Hollywood (2020)
And the nominees are...



*Yahya Abdul-Mateen II- Watchmen
*Jovan Adepo- Watchmen
*Tituss Burgess- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
*Louis Gossett Jr.- Watchmen
*Dylan McDermott- Hollywood
*Jim Parsons- Hollywood

And the Emmy goes to...

**Tituss Burgess- Kimmy vs. the Reverend**

Burgess may seem like a total longshot, but this category has a long history of vote-spittling resulting in surprise winners. Sure, miniseries or movies with multiple nominees have won here before, but they usually had favorites (Jeremy Irons of Hugh Dancy for Elizabeth I; Tom Wilkinson over Stephen Dillane and David Morse for John Adams; Guy Pierce over Brían F. O'Byrne for Mildred Pierce); Sterling K. Brown over David Schwimmer and John Travolta for The People vs. O.J. Simpson), whereas I'm not certain that either Hollywood or Watchmen has. The latter has a bigger problem than the former; while each gives terrific performances, none really stand out as the favorite. Abdul-Matenn II might, but I just think the other two have enough heft and impact that they'll draw away from him.

Parsons, in contrast, seems like the main player from Hollywood. That said, McDermott's nomination is a surprise, so this is a performance that must be resonating more than expected. Add to that the sentiment that Parson's work here was rather divisive, and I think four-time nominee Burgess will walk away with a win for the brilliant comic creation of one Titus Andromedon.

Power Rankings
1. Tituss Burgess
2. Jim Parsons- "Outlaws"
3. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II- "A God Walks into Abar"
4. Louis Gossett Jr.- "See How They Fly"
5. Dylan McDermott- "Meg"
6. Jovan Adepo- "This Extraordinary Being"
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Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
And the nominees are...



*Helena Bonham Carter- The Crown
*Laura Dern- Big Little Lies
*Julia Garner- Ozark
*Thandie Newton- Westworld
*Fiona Shaw- Killing Eve
*Sarah Snook- Succession
*Meryl Streep- Big Little Lies
*Samira Wiley- The Handmaid's Tale

And the Emmy goes to...

**Helena Bonham Carter- The Crown**

Carter, I guess. I'm having a hard time choosing between her, Garner and Snook. Garner is the reigning champ here and, again, owns and steals almost every scene on Ozark, and Snook really upped her game for Succession's second season, creating a more complex character. Either could win, but Carter seems like the easiest pick here. She's a highly respected actor who's never won an Emmy, in a hit show, playing a historical figure. It helps that, despite compelling work for the other two women mentioned, Carter has a pretty stellar stand-alone showcase in her submission "Cri de Coeur". Any could win (I wouldn't even rule out a surprise Newton or Streep win), but my gut says Helena Bonham Carter wins her first.

Power Rankings
1. Helena Bonham Carter- "Cri de Coeur"
2. Julia Garner- "In Case of Emergency"
3. Sarah Snook- "The Summer Palace"
4. Meryl Streep- "I Want to Know"
5. Thandie Newton- "The Winter Line"
6. Laura Dern- "Tell-Tale Hearts"
7. Fiona Shaw- "Management Sucks"
8. Samira Wiley- "Sacrifice"
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Best Directing for a Comedy Series

People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Great (2020)
And the Nominees are...



*The Great ("The Great")- Matt Shakman
*The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("It's Comedy or Cabbage")- Amy Sherman-Palladino
*The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("Marvelous Radio")- Daniel Palladino
*Modern Family ("Finale, Part 2")- Gail Mancuso
*Ramy ("Miakhalifa.mov")- Ramy Youssef
*Schitt's Creek ("Happy Ending")- Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy
*Will & Grace ("We Love Lucy")- James Burrows

And the Emmy goes to...

**Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy- Schitt's Creek**

The TV academy seems to love Mrs. Maisel's directing, but dual nominations can be a killer here; just look at "Teddy Perkins" and "ronny/lily", arguably the favorites going into the past two years who were undone by separate nominations from their prospective shows (Atlanta and Barry). While I would consider "Cabbage" easily the more likely of the two (the final act of that episode is beautifully composed), "Marvelous Radio" could take some votes, and that'll hurt it against sentimental favorite Schitt's Creek's sole submission, it's series finale. Though the other four nominees here could sneak in, it'd be an anomaly, as only seven non-series nominees has ever won here, the last happening a whole 12 years ago (Pushing Daisies's pilot "Pie-lette").

Power Rankings
1. "Happy Ending"
2. "It's Comedy or Cabbage"
3. "Marvelous Radio"
4. "The Great"
5. "Miakhalifa.mov"
6. "Finale, Part 2"
7. "We Love Lucy"
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Best Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.8
And the Nominees are...



*Little Fires Everywhere ("Find a Way")- Lynn Shelton
*Normal People ("Episode 5")- Lenny Abrahamson
*Unorthodox- Maria Schrader
*Watchmen ("It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice")- Nicole Kassell
*Watchmen ("Little Fear of Lightning")- Steph Green
*Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being")- Stephen Williams

And the Emmy goes to...

**Lynn Shelton- Little Fires Everywhere**

Traditionally, this is a category that's won by the Miniseries/Movie winner, or by a director who's directed an entire project. If this year follows suit, it'll be one of the three Watchmen submissions, or Maria Schrader for Unorthodox. While I expect Watchmen to do pretty well in most other categories, three nominations here is going to split votes a lot. "Little Fear of Lightning" probably isn't winning, but I think voters are going to have a hard time picking between "Summer", the first episode that sets the tone and pace of the entire series, and "Being", which is one of the most distinct episodic entries in recent television history. I'd give the former the slight edge, but I don't know if it'll be enough. History isn't on the series' side either; only once has a series with multiple nominations won this trophy (Fargo in 2014).

So, Unorthodox then? Not so fast. Though Schrader does some exceptional work on a series that was, clearly, more beloved than most expected, I think the potential Watchmen split opens the door more for Lynn Shelton. Shelton unfortunately died earlier this year. While I don't take awards' voters to be the most sentimental lot, I think there's enough love and respect for her as an artist that she could sneak in in a tough field. Plus, it helps that "Find a Way" best exhibits here skills as a director (it's a powerful explosion).

Power Rankings
1. "Find a Way"
2. "This Extraordinary Being"
3. "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice"
4. Unorthodox
5. "Little Fear of Lightning"
6. "Episode 5"
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Best Directing for a Drama Series

People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Crown (2016)
And the Nominees are...



*The Crown ("Aberfan")- Benjamin Caron
*The Crown ("Cri de Coeur")- Jessica Hobbs
*Homeland ("Prisoners of War")- Lesli Linka Glatter
*The Morning Show ("The Interview")- Mimi Leder
*Ozark ("Fire Pink")- Alik Sakharov
*Ozark ("Su Casa Es Mi Casa")- Ben Semanoff
*Succession ("Hunting")- Andrij Parekh
*Succession ("This Is Not for Tears")- Mark Mylod

And the Emmy goes to...

**Mark Mylod- Succession**

For the first time ever, three series have scored multiple nominations here. Though I wouldn't rule out Leder or Linka Glatter sneaking in, thanks to vote splitting, only twice in the past 20 years has a winner here not come from a Drama series-nominated series. With that in mind, where's the vote splitting going? I'd say of the three dual nominees, Ozark is probably the most affected. While "Fire Pink" is probably the main player, I don't know if the episode is distinct enough, from a narrative or thematic stance, to really jump out ahead of "Su Casa Es Mi Case". The Crown and Succession, meanwhile, have very clear frontrunners; "Aberfan" may be the former's largest episode in terms of scale, resulting from the dramatization of the Aberfan disaster. The Crown's direction has won here before, for a smaller episode in Stephen Daldry's "Paterfamilias", so it's clearly respected.

"This Is Not for Tears" is an all-timer though. While "Hunting is expertly done, resembling claustrophobic euro-drama, "Tears" is nominated elsewhere, and is the episode that three of the series six nominated leads are submitting for consideration; i.e. it'll be the most seen. That's really what I'm banking on; with so many dual nominees, and so much possible vote-splitting, I think "Tears" will win out simply because it's the most memorable, most watched and, arguably, best episode of the bunch.

Power Rankings
1. "This Is Not for Tears"
2. "Aberfan"
3. "Fire Pink"
4. "The Interview"
5. "Hunting"
6. "Prisoners of War"
7. "Cri de Coeur"
8. "Su Casa Es Mi Casa"
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Best Writing for a Comedy Series

People who added this item 203 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
And the Nominees are...



*The Good Place ("Whenever You're Ready")- Michael Schur
*The Great ("The Great")- Tony McNamara
*Schitt's Creek ("Happy Ending")- Dan Levy
*Schitt's Creek ("The Presidential Suite")- David West Reade
*What We Do in the Shadows ("Collaboration")- Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil
*What We Do in the Shadows ("Ghosts")- Paul Simms
*What We Do in the Shadows ("On the Run")- Stefani Robinson

And the Emmy goes to...

**Michael Schur- The Good Place**

I think this one might finally be where The Good Place gets recognized. What We Do in the Shadows is, clearly, highly respected by the writers, but three nominees with no clear frontrunner will likely result in vote splitting. If The Great had scored a series nod, it would be a very appealing spoiler. While it can't be ruled out (the fact that it also scored a directing nod shows it's got legs), only four times in the past 30 years has a non-series nominee won this category; Ellen in 1997, Malcolm in the Middle in 2000, The Bernie Mac Show in 2002, My Name Is Earl in 2006. The TV landscape has changed dramatically since then though, and, it should be noted, all of those series had support from the actors' branch; The Great doesn't. That leaves The Good Place and Schitt's Creek's dual nominations fighting it out. Though "Happy Ending" is, likely, the draw here, two nominees against such a strong single entry from The Good Place, a series finale from a series routinely praised for it's writing, leads me to predict Schur gets a going away present for his unique series.

Power Rankings
1. "Whenever You're Ready"
2. "Happy Ending"
3. "The Great"
4. "The Presidential Suite"
5. "On the Run"
6. "Ghosts"
7. "Collaboration"
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Best Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Normal People (2020)
And the Nominees are...



*Mrs. America ("Shirley")- Tanya Barfield
*Normal People ("Episode 3")- Sally Rooney and Alice Birch
*Unbelievable ("Episode 1")- Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
*Unorthodox ("Part 1")- Anna Winger
*Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being")- Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson

And the Emmy goes to...

**Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson- Watchmen**

I feel comfortable with picking Watchmen. It's the most beloved project here, and looks to be one of the big success stories of this year's Emmys. I could, honestly, see any of these sneaking in a win though; this is an exceptional category.

Power Rankings
1. "This Extraordinary Being"
2. "Part 1"
3. "Shirley"
4. "Episode 3"
5. "Episode 1"
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Best Writing for a Drama Series

People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Ozark (2017)
And the Nominees are...



*Better Call Saul ("Bad Choice Road")- Thomas Schnauz
*Better Call Saul ("Bagman")- Gordon Smith
*The Crown ("Aberfan")- Peter Morgan
*Ozark ("All In")- Chris Mundy
*Ozark ("Boss Fight")- John Shiban
*Ozark ("Fire Pink")- Miki Johnson
*Succession ("This Is Not for Tears")- Jesse Armstrong

And the Emmy goes to...

**Jesse Armstrong- Succession**

Of the numerous Succession wins I'm predicting, this seems like the safest one. Armstrong was able to pull of an upset in a very crowded field last year, and "This Is Not for Tears" is in the pantheon of all-time episodes; i.e. it has to be the favorite. Ozark's clearly got a lot of love though, with three nominations; it's Succession's biggest competitor and, clearly, it's third season struck a nerve with voters. Three episodes will split votes though, and "Tears" would be a hard episode to beat even if the Netflix drama had a clear frontrunner. Saul is in a similar boat (two episodes splits support, plus it's momentum is certainly down this time), and I don't think I'll ever predict The Crown here, unless it finally wins (winners here usually have strong backing; Morgan's drama has respect, but the top two shows appear to have the love).

Power Rankings
1. "This Is Not for Tears"
2. "Aberfan"
3. "Fire Pink"
4. "All In"
5. "Bagman"
6. "Bad Choice Road"
7. "Boss Fight"
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Creative Arts & More: Programs

People who added this item 167 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 3.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Big Mouth (2017)
Best Reality-Competition Program
**RuPaul's Drag Race**


Best Structured Reality Program
**Queer Eye**


Best Unstructured Reality Program
**Cheer**


Best Variety Special (Live)
**Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'**


Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
**Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones**


Best Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
**Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath**


Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
**Tiger King**


Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special
**Becoming**


Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
**One Child Nation**


Best Animated Program
**Big Mouth (Episode: "Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!")**


Best Short-Format Animated Program
**Steven Universe Future (Episode: "Fragments")**


Best Children's Program
**We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest**


Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
**Star Trek: Short Treks**


Best Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series
**Between the Scenes — The Daily Show**


Best Short Form Variety Series
**Carpool Karaoke: The Series**


Best Original Interactive Program
**When We Stayed Home**


Best Derivative Interactive Program
**Big Mouth Guide to Life**


Best Interactive Extension of a Linear Program
**Westworld: Free Will is Not Free Interactive Experience**
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Acting

People who added this item 788 Average listal rating (525 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.8
Black Mirror (2011)
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
**Eddie Murphy- Saturday Night Live**


Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
**Wanda Sykes- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel**


Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
**Phylicia Rashad- This Is Us**


Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
**Giancarlo Esposito- The Mandalorian**


Best Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
**Christoph Waltz- Most Dangerous Game**


Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
**Jasmine Cephas Jones- #FreeRayshawn**


Best Character Voice-Over Performance
**Maya Rudolph- Big Mouth (Episode: "How to Have an Orgasm")**


Best Narrator
**David Attenborough- Seven Worlds, One Planet (Episode: "Antarctica")**
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Casting and Choreography

People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Best Casting for a Comedy Series
**Lisa Parasyn and Jon Comerford- Schitt's Creek**


Best Casting for a Drama Series
**Nina Gold and Robert Sterne- The Crown**


Best Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
**Victoria Thomas and Meagan Lewis- Watchmen**


Best Casting for a Reality Program
**Danielle Gervais, Beyhan Oguz, Pamela Vallarelli, Ally Capriotti Grant, Hana Sakata- Queer Eye**


Best Choreography for Variety and Reality Programming
**Al Blackstone- So You Think You Can Dance (Routines: "I'll Be Seeing You"/"Mambo Italiano"/"The Girl from Ipanema")**
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Cinematography

People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.6
Westworld (2016)
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
**Donald A. Morgan- The Ranch ("Ain't My Fault")**


Best Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
**Greig Fraser and Baz Idoine- The Mandalorian ("Chapter 7: The Reckoning")**


Best Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One-Hour)
**M. David Mullen- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("It’s Comedy or Cabbage")**


Best Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
**Gregory Middleton- Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being")**


Best Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
**Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins- Apollo 11**


Best Cinematography for Reality Programming
**Melissa Langer and Erynn Patrick- Cheer ("Hit Zero")**
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Commercial and Costumes

People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Carnival Row (2019)
Best Commercial
**"Back-to-School Essentials"**


Best Costumes for a Period Series
**Amy Roberts, Sidonie Roberts, Sarah Moore- The Crown ("Cri de Coeur")**


Best Costumes for a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series
**Sharen Davis, Valerie Zielonka- Watchmen
("It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice")**


Best Costumes for a Contemporary Series
**Debra Hanson, Darci Cheyne- Schitt's Creek ("Happy Ending")**


Best Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Series
**Zaldy Goco- RuPaul's Drag Race ("I'm That Bitch")**
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Directing

People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Tiger King (2020)
Best Directing for Nonfiction Programming
*Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert- Leaving Neverland**


Best Directing for a Variety Series
**Don Roy King- Saturday Night Live ("Host: Eddie Murphy")**


Best Directing for a Variety Special
**Pamela Fryman and Andy Fisher- Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'**


Best Directing for a Reality Program
**Greg Whiteley- Cheer**
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Hairstyling, Hosting and Lighting

People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Best Contemporary Hairstyling
**Black-ish ("Hair Day")**


Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling
**Hollywood ("A Hollywood Ending")**


Best Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program
**RuPaul's Drag Race ("I'm That Bitch")**


Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
**Nicole Byer- Nailed It!**


Best Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
**Saturday Night Live ("Host: John Mulaney")**


Best Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
**Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira**
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Main Title Design and Makeup

People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Best Main Title Design
**The Morning Show**


Best Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)
**Euphoria ("And Salt the Earth Behind You")**


Best Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)
**Pose ("Acting Up")**


Best Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic)
**RuPaul's Drag Race ("I'm That Bitch")**


Best Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special
**The Mandalorian ("Chapter 6: The Prisoner")**
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Music

People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Best Music Composition for a Series
**Ludwig Göransson- The Mandalorian ("Chapter 8: Redemption")**


Best Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
**Nathan Barr- Hollywood ("Hooray for Hollywood, Part 2")**


Best Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special
**Kamasi Washington- Becoming**


Best Music Direction
**Sheila E., Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis- Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince**


Best Original Music and Lyrics
**Euphoria- "All for Us" ("And Salt the Earth Behind You")**


Best Music Supervision
**Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("It's Comedy or Cabbage")**


Best Original Main Title Theme Music
**Nathan Barr- Carnival Row**

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Picture Editing

People who added this item 993 Average listal rating (693 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
**Dean Zimmerman and Katheryn Naranjo- Stranger Things ("Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt")**


Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
**Kate Sanford and Tim Streeto- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo...")**


Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie
**Skip Macdonald- El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie**


Best Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
**Cheryl Campsmith- One Day at a Time ("Boundaries")**


Best Picture Editing for Variety Programming
**Ryan Barger- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
("Eat Shit, Bob")**


Best Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
**Todd Douglas Miller- Apollo 11**


Best Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
**Ryan Taylor and Tony Zajkowski- Queer Eye ("Disabled but Not Really")**


Best Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program
**Arielle Kilker, David Nordstrom, Kate Hackett, Daniel McDonald, Mark Morgan, Sharon Weaver and Ted Woerner- Cheer ("God Blessed Texas")**
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Production Design

People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Space Force (2020)
Best Production Design for a Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)
**Elisabeth Williams, Martha Sparrow, Robert Hepburn- The Handmaid's Tale
("Household")**


Best Production Design for a Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
**Martin Childs, Mark Raggett, Alison Harvey- The Crown
("Aberfan")**


Best Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less)
**Andrew L. Jones, Jeff Wisniewski, Amanda Serino- The Mandalorian
("Chapter 1: The Mandalorian")**


Best Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality, or Competition Series
**Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, Keith Ian Raywood, N. Joseph DeTullio- Saturday Night Live ("Host: Eddie Murphy", "Host: John Mulaney"")**


Best Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special
**Misty Buckley, Joe Celli, Jason Howard- The Little Mermaid Live!**
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Sound

People who added this item 189 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Boys (2019)
Best Sound Editing for a Series (One-Hour)
**Stranger Things ("Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt")**

Best Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
**Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being")**

Best Sound Editing for a Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
**The Mandalorian ("Chapter 1: The Mandalorian")**

Best Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
**Apollo 11**

Best Sound Mixing for Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
**The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ("A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo...")**

Best Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
**Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being")**

Best Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
**The Mandalorian ("Chapter 2: The Child")**

Best Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
**The 62nd Grammy Awards**

Best Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
**Apollo 11**
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Special Visual Effects and Stunt Coordination

People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Devs (2020)
Best Special Visual Effects
**The Mandalorian ("Chapter 2: The Child")**


Best Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
**Devs ("Episode 8")**


Best Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series
**Space Force**


Best Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
**The Mandalorian**
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Technical Direction and Writing

People who added this item 681 Average listal rating (440 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
Best Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
**Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ("629")**

Best Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
**The Little Mermaid Live!**

Best Writing for Nonfiction Programming
**The Cave**

Best Writing for a Variety Series
**Last Week Tonight with John Oliver**

Best Writing for a Variety Special
**Hannah Gadsby: Douglas**
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