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2018 Emmy Winner Predictions: Drama, Comedy, Limited Series and TV Movie

The fight for the top series categories is going to be a tough one this year as The Handmaid’s Tale will have to defend its title against two-time champ Game of Thrones, which it didn’t have to battle last year. While each show’s last season took some critical hits, and both aired only shortened seasons within the eligibility period, I’m siding with The Handmaid’s Tale to keep its momentum in the face of the HBO behemoth.

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

2018 Emmy Winner Predictions: Drama, Comedy, Limited Series/TV Movie Acting Categories

This also is likely a two-show face-off. Atlanta comes in strong with a comedy field-best 16 nominations for its second season (up from just 6 last year) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was just behind with 14 for its first. Before nominations I would have predicted Mrs. Maisel to take this, and to be the nomination leader in comedy. That it isn’t gives me pause and redirects my winner prediction to Atlanta. Each show has three acting nominations but Atlanta has two directing and two writing and with Veep out of the way it’s time to claim its place.

1. Atlanta (FX)
2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
3. Barry (HBO)
4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
6. GLOW (Netflix)
7. Black-ish (ABC)
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

2018 Emmy Winner Predictions: Reality, Variety and Animated Categories

With a field-best 18 nominations in its section, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the clear frontrunner. It has directing and writing noms and six acting nods. Godless is its closest competitor but it doesn’t really feel like a competition at all.

1. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
2. Godless (Netflix)
3. Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
4. Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
5. The Alienist (TNT)

2018 Emmy Winner Predictions: Writing and Directing Categories

Black Mirror cleverly subverted traditional Emmy rules (albeit within the guidelines) in how it submitted its anthology series and won two awards out of three nominations last year (both for San Junipero), including this one. This year, it has eight nominations, seven of which come from USS Callister. The Tale might give it some chase but it woefully underperformed elsewhere, missing out on writing and directing.

1. USS Callister: Black Mirror (HBO)
2. The Tale (HBO)
3. Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
4. Flint (Lifetime)
5. Paterno (HBO)

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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