Outstanding Drama Series
“The Handmaid’s Tale,”
“This Is Us”
“Game of Thrones”
With an eye-popping array of excellent viewing choices, this category is one of the most competitive. These seven shows, however, are all deserving of Emmy nominations after exemplary seasons.
Outstanding Comedy Series
“Will & Grace”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
With perennial nominee/winner "Veep" out of contention this year, the field is wide open for such comedies as Global TV's comeback kid "Will & Grace", Pamela Adlon's brilliant "Better Things" and HBO's out-of-the-box hitman hit "Barry".
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”
J.K. Simmons, “Counterpart”
The competition is fierce in this category, and we can expect both Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia to nab noms for "This Is Us", while Matthew Rhys is expected to be recognized for the final season of "The Americans". Meanwhile, J.K. Simmons is seen as a longshot, but his deft portrayal of dual roles in "Counterpart" is well deserving of a nomination.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
After winning last year, Elisabeth Moss is as close to a lock for a nomination this year after an even-more devastating season of "The Handmaid's Tale". Fans are also hopeful that Canada's own Tatiana Maslany will earn another nod for her final season of "Orphan Black", while Laura Linney's SAG Award nomination for "Ozark" may well presage an Emmy nom as well.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
John Goodman, “Roseanne”
Anyone who watched "Atlanta" this season will understand why Donald Glover is considered the frontrunner in this category, while other strong contenders include Bill Hader's portrayal of a hitman/wannabe thespian in "Barry" and Eric McCormack's reprisal of his iconic "Will & Grace" role. And while John Goodman did some great work on the ratings monster "Roseanne", will Roseanne Barr's Twitter controversy cost him a nomination?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”
Debra Messing's gift for physical comedy was well utilized in the "Will & Grace" revival, while Tracee Ellis Ross continues to dazzle on "Black-ish", while Allison Janney's "I, Tonya" Oscar win is unlikely to go unnoticed by Emmy voters.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Brendan Fraser, “Trust”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Justin Hartley, “This Is Us”
Richard Schiff, “The Good Doctor”
Asia Kate Dillon, “Billions”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Matt Smith, “The Crown”
Standouts in this category include David Harbour's audacious performance in the second season of "Stranger Things" and Brendan Fraser as a sly hostage negotiator in FX's J.P. Getty drama "Trust", while a nomination for Asia Kate Dillon would make history as the first time a non-binary actor has been nominated in this category.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alexis Bledel and Anne Dowd of "The Handmaid's Tale" are both deserving of nominations, while Thandie Newton dove into her game-changing "Westworld" story arc with gusto. Meanwhile, Chrissy Metz delivered a dazzling performance on "This Is Us", which will likely see her nominated this year.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
Bryan Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”
Tony Hale, “Arrested Development”
After winning in this category last year for his "SNL" Trump impression, expect another nomination for Alec Baldwin. Other serious contenders for Emmy nods this year include Henry Winkler for "Barry" and Bryan Tyree Henry for “Atlanta”, both of whom delivered wonderfully nuanced performances.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Rita Moreno, “One Day At A Time”
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”
Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Jessica Walter, “Arrested Development”
From Laurie Metcalf and Megan Mullally reviving their sitcom characters in this season's hit revivals to magnificent performances from veteran actresses Rita Moreno and Jessica Walter, this category promises to be one of the most competitive at this year's Emmys.
Outstanding Limited Series
“The Looming Tower”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Even those who couldn't figure out what the heck was going on in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" revival can concede it was like nothing else seen on television, and pretty much guarantees a nomination in this category. Meanwhile, it's unlikely that Benedict Cumberbatch's devastating performance in "Patrick Melrose" will go unnoticed by Emmy voters.
Outstanding Television Movie
“The Child in Time”
While there's an argument to be made that the performances of Al Pacino and Catherine Zeta-Jones (in, respectively, "Paterno" and Lifetime's "Cocaine Grandmother") outshone the movies themselves, expect nominations for both projects.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“Saturday Night Live”
“Tracy Ullman’s Show”
“I Love You, America”
“The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale”
While admittedly there aren't as many sketch comedy shows as there used to be, "SNL" continues to be a pop-culture touchstone with its weekly take downs of the Trump administration. In addition, now that "Portlandia" has wrapped up its final season, look for the Emmys to send some love to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hilariously quirky comic ode to the Pacific Northwest.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“The Late Late Show with James Corden”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
President Trump has been the gift that's kept on giving for late-night comedy hosts, who have been fired up like never before since November 2016.