My 70th Emmy Awards Picks!!!!
ATTENTION: ALL MY TV JUNKIES…OUR FAVORITE NIGHT OF THE YEAR IS HERE!!!! The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards are taking place Monday, September 17th. This past year there have been amazing and revolutionary new TV shows, and our old-time faves just keep getting better & better.
I’m especially excited for this year’s Emmy Awards because SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che are hosting! I LOVE THESE GUYS!!!! They are so funny and know how to bring the house down with their comedy.
Soooo, here are my picks for the 70th Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This show is one of my all time favorites and I’m so happy that it made a comeback this year. Larry David is a comedic/TV KING!
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
This Is Us
Is this even a question??? Stranger Things is my favorite show in recent years (maybe my favorite of all time). These kids are stars and deserve every award.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Cordon
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
James Cordon is my favorite late-night talk show host, after Jimmy Fallon of course. Cordon’s comedy is a perfect mix of geeky, funny, and musical! I’ve always loved how he incorporates musical theatre and music in general into his comedy.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home with Amy Sedaris
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show
Saturday Night Live is the best sketch comedy show of all time…PERIOD. I don’t understand why this is even a category anymore because SNL wins and should win every single year.
Outstanding Limited Series
The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
This show was singlehandedly one of the best directed, produced, and written show that Ryan Murphy has ever created. The casting was absolutely phenomenal and left me wanting more!
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul's Drag Race
I have no explanation for this other than its my guilty pleasure LOL.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson on Blackish
Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place
Larry David as Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasim
Donald Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks/Teddy Perkins on Atlanta
Bill Hader as Barry Berkman/Barry Block on Barry
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox on Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom
Issa Rae as Issa Dee on Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on Blackish
Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney is a queeeeennnnn and deserves every award for every single role she’s ever played.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman as Marty Bryde on Ozark
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us
Ed Harris as The Man in Black/William on Westworld
Matthew Rhys as Phillip Jennings on The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson on This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe on Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown
Tatiana Maslany as various characters on Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne/Offred on The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri on Killing Eve
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy on Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso on Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose on Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels as John O. Neill on The Looming Tower
John Legend as Jesus Christ on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons as Captain Robert Daly on Black Mirror: USS Calister
DARREN CRISS…WHO GAVE YOU THE RIGHT??? Darren nailed this role. If he doesn’t win the Emmy I swear I’m turning off my TV.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti on The Sinner
Laura Dern as Jennifer Fox on The Tale
Michelle Dockery as Alice Fletcher on Godless
Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson on Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King as Latrice Butler on Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards on American Horror Story: Cult
AHS is too scary for me, so I haven’t seen much of it, but all I know is that Sarah Paulson is fricken fantastic.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets on Baskets
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry as Alred “Paper Boi” Miles on Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub as Abraham “Abe” Weissman on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson as various characters on Saturday Night Live
Henry Wrinkler as Gene Cousineau on Barry
This award should’ve been given to Kenan ages ago. He’s an SNL legend!
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz as Vanessa “Van” Keefer on Atlanta
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant as various characters on Saturday Night Live
Betty Giplin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan on GLOW
Leslie Jones as various characters on Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon as various characters on Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris on Roseanne
Megan Mullaly as Karen Walker on Will & Grace
Aidy Bryant is an SNL gem!! She’s the cutest and she needs more attention!! She’s hysterical and one of my faves on the cast!
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes on The Handmaid's Tale
David Harbour on Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin on Homeland
Matt Smith on The Crown
This guy is the best and just such a fan favorite. JUST GIVE HIM THE AWARD!
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Blendel on The Handmaid's Tale
Millie Bobby Brown on Stranger Things
Ann Dowd on The Handmaid's Tale
Lena Headey on Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby on The Crown
Thandie Newton on Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski on The Handmaid's Tale
LITERALLY MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME! No one could’ve played this role better than Millie!
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels on Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
John Leguizamo on Waco
Ricky Martin on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg on The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sara Bareilles on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penelope Cruz on The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light on The Assasination Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter on American Crime Story: Cult
Letita Wright on Black Mirror: Black Museum
When I found out that Penelope Cruz was going to portray Donatella Versace, I FLIPPED! Perfect actress for the perfect role! She absolutely nailed it.
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Atlanta (Episode: "FUBU"), directed by Donald Glover
Atlanta (Episode: "Teddy Perkins"), directed by Hiro Murai
Barry (Episode: "Chapter One: Make Your Mark"), directed by Bill Hader
The Big Bang Theory (Episode: "The Bow Tie Asymmetry"), directed by Mark Cendrowski
GLOW (Episode: "Pilot"), directed by Jesse Peretz
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: "Pilot"), directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Silicon Valley (Episode: "Initial Coin Offering"), directed by Mike Judge
Donald Glover has it all. He’s an amazing artist, writer, actor, comedian, and director. His show Atlanta is phonemail and his work as director and lead actor are stunning!
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
The Crown (Episode: "Paterfamilias"), directed by Stephen Daldry
Game of Thrones (Episode: "Beyond the Wall"), directed by Alan Taylor
Game of Thrones (Episode: "The Dragon and the Wolf"), directed by Jeremy Podeswa
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "After"), directed by Kari Skogland
Ozark (Episode: "The Toll"), directed by Jason Bateman
Ozark (Episode: "Tonight We Improvise"), directed by Daniel Sackheim
Stranger Things (Episode: "Chapter Nine: The Gate"), directed by the Duffer Brothers
BOW DOWN TO AMERICA’S FAVORITE BROTHERS! These guys are amazing. They brought back that old feeling of The Goonies and E.T. with Stranger Things and all I have to say to that is THANK YOU!
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, directed by Stan Lathan (Netflix)
Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld, directed by Michael Bonfiglio (Netflix)
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life, directed by Marcus Raboy (Netflix)
Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake, directed by Hamish Hamilton (NBC)
The Oscars, directed by Glenn Weiss (ABC)
JT’s halftime show for Super Bowl LII was, in my opinion, one of the most underrated halftime performances. It may have lacked flashy visual effects, but it showed true talent.
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Episode: "The Man Who Would Be Vogue"), directed by Ryan Murphy
Godless, directed by Scott Frank
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, directed by David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski
The Looming Tower (Episode: "9/11"), directed by Craig Zisk
Paterno, directed by Barry Levinson
Patrick Melrose, directed by Edward Berger
Twin Peaks, directed by David Lynch
Ryan Murphy is a TV genius. I’ve followed him since Glee all through Scream Queens, AHS, and ACS. He could literally write a show about my sock and it would be the best show ever made.
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Atlanta (Episode: "Alligator Man"), written by Donald Glover
Atlanta (Episode: "Barbershop"), written by Stefani Robinson
Barry (Episode: "Chapter One: Make Your Mark"), written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Barry (Episode: "Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going"), written by Liz Sarnoff
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: "Pilot"), written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Silicon Valley (Episode: "Fifty-One Percent"), written by Alec Berg
Once again, DONALD GLOVER. Love this guy!
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Americans (Episode: "START"), written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
The Crown (Episode: "Mystery Man"), written by Peter Morgan
Game of Thrones (Episode: "The Dragon and the Wolf"), written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "June"), written by Bruce Miller
Killing Eve (Episode: "Nice Face"), written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Stranger Things (Episode: "Chapter Nine: The Gate"), written by the Duffer Brothers
The fact that these guys were able to come up with and write a story that is so twisted, scary, and interesting is insane to me.
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated), written by Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Miles Kahn and Nicole Silverberg
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, written by John Mulaney
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, written by Michelle Wolf
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, written by Patton Oswalt
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, written by Steve Martin and Martin Short
I LOVE JOHN MULANEY. His comedy is so smart, funny, and witty. This special was just that. He was going to perform at my university recently and last minute he backed out because he booked SNL. I was so mad, but that was a solid excuse.
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
American Vandal (Episode: "Clean Up"), written by Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Episode: "House by the Lake"), written by Tom Rob Smith
Black Mirror: USS Callister, written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker
Godless, written by Scott Frank
Patrick Melrose, written by David Nicholls
Twin Peaks, written by Mark Frost and David Lynch
This guy was the magic behind the Versace series. It is insane how he was able to take the tragic story of his death and show us what truly happened through his genius writing.
I hope my picks game you some insight of what’s going down at the Emmy’s this Sunday! Let me know who you think is gonna win big in the comments below!