Tonight is the Emmys; the clip above from Entertainment Tonight shows Stephen Colbert in promos for the awards show, which will air on CBS. As usual, Emmys were handed out a few nights ago at the Creative Arts show, with Melissa McCarthy winning Comedy Guest Actress for her hilarious work as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, and Dave Chappelle taking home Comedy Guest Actor for Saturday Night Live. In the Drama Guest Actor category, Gerald McRaney won for This Is Us and Alexis Bledel won Drama Guest Actress for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Let’s predict tonight’s winners.
Drama Series: A very tough category that will see The Crown, This Is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale try to take the Emmy away from Stranger Things. I would prefer The Handmaid’s Tale, but Stranger Things looks like the winner.
Directing: The pilot for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Writing: The pilot for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Actress: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s been a tower of strength in that part, even infusing a sense of humor into this grim series.
Actor: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us.
Supporting Actor: John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, on The Crown.
Supporting Actress: Looks like a showdown between my favorite, Thandie Newton on Westworld, and Millie Bobby Brown on Stranger Things. Newton is likely to win.
Comedy Series: Well, it’s Veep as always, but Atlanta poses a minor threat this year.
Directing: The same battle as the Comedy Series category, but here Atlanta might triumph over Veep.
Writing: Master of None.
Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has seven Emmys at home. She looks likely to win again for Veep.
Actor: Donald Glover, Atlanta.
Supporting Actor: Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live isn’t the best in showbiz… but he’ll win.
Supporting Actress: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live, who’s been terrific this year as Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway.
* LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE:
Limited Series: I would rather see The Night Of or Feud win, but Big Little Lies will pick up the Emmy.
TV Movie: The anthology series Black Mirror is likely to win for its standalone episode “San Junipero”. Closest competitor: The Wizard of Lies.
Directing: Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies.
Writing: David E. Kelley will likely win for Big Little Lies, but faces some competition from Feud.
Actress: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies.
Actor: A competitive category. Riz Ahmed will probably win for The Night Of, but faces a challenge from John Turturro (also The Night Of) and Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies).
Supporting Actor: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies.
Supporting Actress: Laura Dern might pick up an Emmy for Big Little Lies. Regina King (American Crime) and Judy Davis (Feud) are close competitors.