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2018 Emmy Nomination Predictions

With the Emmy nominating ballots out we know now where certain performers are submitted and which writing and directing episodes will be in contention.

Riley Chow of GoldDerby and I combed through the lists for our podcast last week and right here you can find my updated predictions based on the ballots and that podcast.

There are a lot of contentious category battles in store, even with an expanded number of nominees. New rules, such as the ability for a voter to nominate as many choices as they’d like could provide more than a few surprises and I’m also predicting Donald Glover and Bill Hader to compete directly with each other in FIVE different categories.

Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be revealed on July 12th and I’ll have more podcasts and more predictions in the coming month.

Here are predictions in top categories for June 14th, 2018.

Outstanding Drama Series

1. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
3. This Is Us (NBC)
4. The Americans (FX)
5. The Crown (Netflix)
6. Westworld (HBO)
7. Stranger Things (Netflix)

OTHER CONTENDERS
The Deuce (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mindhunter (Netflix)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Ozark (Netflix)
Queen Sugar (OWN)
Trust (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1. Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
2. Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC)
3. Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
4. Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor (ABC)
5. Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO)
6. Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)
Paul Giamatti, Billions (Showtime)
Damian Lewis, Billions (Showtime)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)
J.K. Simmons, Counterpart (Starz)
Donald Sutherland, Trust (FX)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

1. Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
2. Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
3. Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
4. Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC)
5. Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
6. Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce (HBO)
Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Mandy Moore, This Is Us (NBC)
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

1. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
2. David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)
3. Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC)
4. Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
5. Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things (Netflix)
6. Anthony Hopkins, Westworld (HBO)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Harris Dickinson, Trust (FX)
Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime)
Noah Emmerich, The Americans (FX)
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Brendan Fraser, Trust (FX)
Zahn McClarnon, Westworld (HBO)
Matt Smith, The Crown (Netflix)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

1. Gerald McRaney, This Is Us (NBC)
2. Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (NBC)
3. Cameron Britton, Mindhunter (Netflix)
4. Michael C. Hall, The Crown (Netflix)
5. Beau Bridges, Homeland (Showtime)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Alan Alda, The Good Fight (CBS All-Access)
Michael J. Fox, Designated Survivor (ABC)
Matthew Goode, The Crown (Netflix)
Nathan Lane, The Good Doctor (ABC)
Peter Mullan, Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

1. Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
2. Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
3. Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
4. Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)
5. Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
6. Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown (Netflix)
Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)
Elizabeth Marvel, Homeland (Showtime)
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Susan Sarandon, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Maggie Siff, Billions (Showtime)
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Hilary Swank, Trust (FX)
Holly Taylor, The Americans (FX)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

1. Dame Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)
2. Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
3. Marisa Tomei, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
4. Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
5. Margo Martindale, The Good Fight (CBS All-Access)

OTHER CONTENDERS
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Viola Davis, Scandal (ABC)
Margo Martindale, The Good Fight (CBS All-Access)
Carrie Preston, The Good Fight (CBS All-Access)
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Next page: Comedy categories…

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About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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