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Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live) Louie Anderson (Baskets) Ty Burrell (Modern Family) Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Tony Hale (Veep) Matt Walsh (Veep)Who Should Win: Louis Anderson's work on the little seen, but critically acclaimed, Baskets continues to be exceptional. Never playing Christine Baskets as a joke, Anderson deserves another Emmy to put on the mantle. Who Will Win: I suspect voters will give this one to Alec Baldwin, taking the political path rather than rewarding the best performance of the past year. Who Should Have Been Nominated: While Tony Hale and Matt Walsh do great work on Veep, Timothy Simon's Jonah Ryan and Sam Richardson's Richard Splett are the male standouts on the series. They should have gotten a nod.
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) Anna Chlumsky (Veep) Judith Light (Transparent) Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)Who Should Win: Judith Light turned in a spectacular performance in season three of Transparent, and out of this less-than-inspiring group of nominees, she deserves to take the statue. Who Will Win: I think this one will go to McKinnon once again, considering how prevalent SNL was in the nominations for a season that wasn't as good as the nominations suggest, but was buzzy enough to get the notice. McKinnon is the strongest cast member on the series, and out of her fellow SNL nominees, she deserves the win. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Master of None's Lena Waithe wasn't in much of this past season, but her work in her standalone episode "Thanksgiving" was a master class in combining comedy and drama. Also knocking it out of the park this past year was Atlanta's Zazie Beetz.
Anthony Anderson (black-ish) Aziz Ansari (Master of None) Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) Donald Glover (Atlanta) William H. Macy (Shameless) Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)Who Should Win: Donald Glover, hands down. Atlanta was a masterwork, and he deserves the win. Who Will Win: With all of the awards Glover has won this past year, I would be surprised if he didn't take an Emmy as well. That being said, the Emmy's are notorious for not rewarding new work that challenges the status quo, and might stick with Jeffrey Tambor once again. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Catastrophe is one of the best comedies on television, and Rob Delaney is one half of the show.
Pamela Adlon (Better Things) Tracee Ellis-Ross (black-ish) Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) Allison Janney (Mom) Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)Who Should Win: Tracee Ellis-Ross is doing some wonderful work on black-ish. No one is going to stop the Julie Louis-Dreyfus train, but she deserves a win. Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to win this year. And she will win one last Veep Emmy next year. Who Should Have Been Nominated: As I said before, Catastrophe is one of the best comedies on television, and Sharon Hogan is the other half of the show. Also deserving a nod are One Mississippi's Tig Notaro, and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Atlanta (FX) black-ish (ABC) Master of None (Netflix) Modern Family (ABC) Silicon Valley (HBO) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Veep (HBO)Who Should Win: Atlanta should take this win. It was creative, smart, took some major chances (which is also true for Master of None, but Atlanta was more successful over the course of the whole season), and created some truly memorable characters. Who Will Win: If Donald Glover wins, I think Atlanta can take this one. If he doesn't, I think Veep will win again. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Catastrophe, The Good Place, Fleabag, or Speechless.
John Lithgow (The Crown) Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) Michael Kelly (House of Cards) David Harbour (Stranger Things) Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)Who Should Win: John Lithgow, who managed to turn in a solid performance as Winston Churchill, despite being American and also significantly taller than the actual Churchill. Who Will Win: The Emmy's love Lithgow, and I can see him taking this. Although Ron Cephas Jones would signal a sweep in the making for This is Us. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Michael McKean gave one of the greatest performances of the year on Better Call Saul and couldn't get a nomination. He should be walking away with this category, and his lack of nomination is stunning.
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) Thandie Newton (Westworld)Who Should Win: Ann Dowd gave two great performances this year, and was nominated for both (the other as guest actress for The Leftovers, an award that rightfully went to her Handmaid's Tale co-star Alexis Bledel). She was chilling in Handmaid's Tale, and deserves the award. Who Will Win: This one is hard to call. The Emmy's love Uzo Aduba, who was good, but not great in season four of Orange. This is Us is likely going to take a number of awards (for saving broadcast television, despite not being a great show overall), but Metz's character isn't really a well-developed character and the show doesn't seem to know what to do with her. So, I think this one comes down to the quiet performances: Millie Bobby Brown or Thandie Newton. I think Newton will take it, in a win for Westworld, which will likely get shut-out in all other major categories. Who Should Have Been Nominated: I would have loved to see a nomination for Amy Brenneman for The Leftovers or Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul. Samira Wiley's nomination should have been for her standout work on her final season of Orange is the New Black, rather than for The Handmaid's Tale.
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) Anthony Hopkins (Westworld) Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) Matthew Rhys (The Americans) Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)Who Should Win: Bob Odenkirk. He has been spectacular as Saul over the past three seasons, but turned in a really great turn this past season, towing the line between Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman. Who Will Win: Sterling K. Brown, who is far and away the best part of the emotionally manipulative This Is Us. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Justin Theroux, who was so heartbreaking in the final season of The Leftovers.
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) Claire Foy (The Crown) Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) Keri Russell (The Americans) Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) Robin Wright (House of Cards)Who Should Win: Elisabeth Moss, who was just incredible, hitting every emotional beat asked of her and more. Who Will Win: If anyone other than Moss wins, it will be insane and the most ridiculous upset in recent Emmy memory. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Moss was superb, but the greatest acting performance on television this past year was Carrie Coon on The Leftovers, full stop. Yes, she got a nomination for her work on Fargo, but the lack of a nomination in this category is just silly. Especially considering how weak this category's nominees are.
Better Call Saul (AMC) The Crown (Netflix) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) House of Cards (Netflix) Stranger Things (Netflix) This Is Us (NBC) Westworld (HBO)Who Should Win: The Handmaid's Tale was the perfect show for this current climate, and it was executed nearly flawlessly. Who Will Win: Emmy voters love to reward broadcast television for beating cable, premium, and streaming, and they haven't had a chance to do that in years. With Game of Thrones ineligible this year, I suspect This Is Us will win. Who Should Have Been Nominated: Have I mentioned The Leftovers lately? Because it was the best series this year. . .