The time is almost here, Sunday night, the main ceremony for the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. This Emmys season has been anything but unorthodox. The Creative Arts Emmys were handed out virtually over five night, concluding this evening, and tomorrow’s telecast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel is surely to look like an Emmy’s ceremony unlike anything we’ve seen before.
It wouldn’t be an Emmy season without predictions, and this season was one of the toughest in recent memory without perennial Emmy favorites Veep and Game of Thrones tying up the majority of the categories with expected wins. There’s actually methodical thought needed to go into many of these categories where a new winner hasn’t been crowded in years, it’s been exhilarating and gut-wrenching all at the same time.
The two biggest shows coming into this awards season with the most Emmy buzz has undoubtedly been Succession and the final season of Schitt’s Creek. Both universally praised for their eligible seasons by critics and viewers, alike! As I was gathering my predictions and making them final, I consulted and agonized with many people in hopes of guidance because I didn’t want to over-predict these two shows with my heart, I wanted to use my head in trying to forecast the reality of the greatest chance to win. On the other hand however, I’ve been the loudest vocal supporter of both Succession and Schitt’s Creek all year win it comes to the Emmys, predicting very early on in the year both will win some acting, directing, writing and top comedy and drama prizes. Since Emmys night is here, there’s no time to let off the gas. I have a lot more confidence that both series won the Emmy for Outstanding Casting, which is highly indicative of Comedy/Drama wins. Even though I’m not predicting a full Schitt’s Creek sweep in all it’s acting categories (it’s so tough to predict against Alex Borstein of Maisel and I see Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef surprising in Lead Actor in a Comedy Series), I still must stay true to my allegiance to both of these series and if I over-predict, what ever will be, will be.
I continue to expect Watchmen to gain momentum and bring home a few more Emmys for HBO in the Limited Series categories, specifically Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for Regina King, which would amount to her fourth Emmy in five years. It’s also expected to win Outstanding Limited Series.
As for competition programming, I don’t see anything stopping RuPaul’s Drag Race from winning it’s third consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program.
Below are my predictions for the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
*CORRECT PREDICTIONS ARE IN BOLD
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: Schitt’s Creek
OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM: RuPaul’s Drag Race
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Succession
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: Watchmen
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Andrew Cividino, Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek “Happy Ending”
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Andrij Parekh, Succession “Hunting”
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Watchmen
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere “Find a Way”
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Ramy Youssef, Ramy
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Brian Cox, Succession
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Laura Linney, Ozark
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Paul Mescal, Normal People
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Regina King, Watchmen
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Kieran Culkin, Succession
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Julia Gardner, Ozark
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Toni Collette, Unbelievable
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending”
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Succession, “This Is Not For Tears”
Come back on Monday for a Emmys season wrap up!