4YE Roundtable: Who Will Win At The 2016 Emmys?

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Television’s golden night is almost upon us.

The 2016 Emmy nominations are out, much to the delight of TV fans everywhere. There are a lot of first timers who are up for awards this year, and a lot of our faves here at 4 Your Excitement are also up for awards.

With the awards a few days away, we thought we would pick who we would like to see win one of the highly coveted Emmys up for grabs this year.

Without further ado, check out our Winners Wish list below!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr Robot

Anna: I’m watching way too many drama shows to be able to decide who should win in this category. Though, my vote goes to Game of Thrones (I know who would have thought). Season six was just absolutely brilliant (as per usual) and the last episodes of it were the perfect ending.

Erika: I have to give it to Game of Thrones because they totally blew it out of the water this year when it comes to delivering a top notch drama series.

Verena: As the only person alive who has yet to see an episode of Game of Thrones, I’m rooting for Mr. Robot. The show started off with an incredibly strong pilot and continued with a solid first season.

Clare: Though I have a sentimental favourite with Downton Abbey, House of Cards this season just blew me away. The entire ensemble cast is fantastic – who knew I’d love a show so much where I cannot stand a single character.

Shelby: I am behind on all of my TV shows but I know Game of Thrones blew everyone out of the water. The quality this year was excellent as was the acting, as seen by the other categories. However, I think Downton Abbey is getting the award this year.

Jacie: Game of Thrones; This series has not only held its own for 6 seasons, it never ever fails to have you either gasping, on the edge of your seat or crying for the loss of (yet another) favourite. Sometimes it does that in one scene! It has now become the most award winning television show in history. I think that speaks for itself.

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Verena: I am partial to Bob Odenkirk, who was one of my favorite things about Breaking Bad back in the day, but Better Call Saul just can’t keep me interested long enough to finish even the first season. So once again my vote goes to Mr Robot. Rami Malek surprised everyone with his performance.

Clare: I agree with Verena, though have managed to get through both seasons of Better Call Saul, just have no strong feelings over the series one way or another. I have to go with Kevin Spacey in House of Cards for this one. He is Frank Underwood.

Shelby: Rami Malek in Mr. Robot. Kevin Spacey is usually a lock for me. The man can do no wrong but Malek is one of those breakthrough actors that just keeps astounding me. I’m rooting for him.

Erika: My vote goes to Rami Malek in Mr. Robot. Malek takes my breath away with his incredible performance.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Anna: The fact that Robin Wright hasn’t won an Emmy yet for her role in House of Cards is something I have yet to understand. It’s why my vote goes to her. She’s fantastic as Claire Underwood and if she doesn’t win then I hope Viola will again.

Verena: Being forced to make a decision between all these incredibly talented women should be illegal. It’s a tie between Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis for me. Both women embody complex and interesting female characters, of which we need more.

Clare: Another one for Robin Wright in House of Cards. She is just outstanding in this series and certainly deserves recognition for her work here. Another favourite is Claire Danes, though the voters have tended to have gone off Homeland in recent years.

Shelby: As much as I’m hoping for some recognition for Tatiana Maslany, I think Taraji P. Henson is going to win this year. Viola Davis paved the way last year for her and she’s just been kicking ass in Empire and in life recently.

Erika: I want it so bad for Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. She has been killing it for over 4 seasons now and deserves this win as she stepped it up a notch by bringing 2 more clones into the mix.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Anna: There are too many talented actresses in this category and I don’t know how the real jury will be able to make a decision on that (good luck!). After thinking about it for a while I’ve decided to give my vote to the girl who has no name: Maisie Williams. We have watched her grow more and more over the past six seasons. Her determination amazes me and I’m sure we’ll see her grow even more in the next two seasons.

Verena: Once again I can’t make up my mind. Constance Zimmer’s Quinn is the textbook definition of “YASS QUEEN!” and she and UnREAL deserve all the love they are getting. But there’s also Maura Tierney. The Affair is such an underrated show and Helen’s journey this season was brilliantly executed. Both ladies have been so refreshing and a total joy to watch.

Clare: No contest… Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey all the way!
Shelby: I’m with Clare on this. Maggie Smith is Queen and she needs one last award for Downton.

Erika: As much as I want to give it to anyone of my three ladies nominated for Game of Thrones, I have to go with Clare and Shelby on this one and pull for Dame Maggie Smith to take home the Emmy one last time.

Jacie: Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones; The character arc of Williams’ character Arya Stark has showed this young lady has some range within her. She has gone from a naive yet fiesty wee thing to a force to be reckoned with and Williams has shown such immeasurable talents in bringing her to life.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Anna: How did Michael Kelly not win an Emmy yet? He’s just as brilliant in House of Cards as Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey are and by portraying a complex character like Doug Stamper just is, he shows just what kind of actor he is: a first class one!

Clare: While I love Ben Mendelsohn for representing the Aussie contingent, Michael Kelly for House of Cards deserves the gong.

Shelby: Oh no. This is a tough one. Michael Kelly in House of Cards has continued to amaze me in the show’s run. There’s never a dull moment with Doug Stamper. He’s ruthless and unhinged and I like it. But, my heart so desperately wants Kit Harington to win. I know he will have two more seasons to get nominated, but, his performance in “Battle of the Bastards” absolutely sealed the deal for me. It was raw and poignant and so brutally honest.

Erika: My vote is split between Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage. They both delivered outstanding performances this season, especially Kit, for Game of Thrones.

Jacie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; He drinks, He knows things, just give him the damn Emmy.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Verena: Tough category. Modern Family has won enough Emmy’s to last a lifetime, so my vote goes to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I am in love with the characters, the cast, the story, the jokes, the dynamics, the writing, and that damn catchy song. I love Kimmy Schmidt.

Erika: I’m so over Modern Family and Veep. I have really come to love Black-ish so my vote goes to them.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Anna: Let’s be real here: Jane Fonda should have been nominated as well, after all it’s Grace and Frankie and not just Frankie. Though Julia Louis-Dreyfus will probably snatch that Emmy away from these ladies again, I hope Lily Tomlin will come between her and the Emmy and take that thing home!

Verena: How come Lily Tomlin is nominated, but Jane Fonda is not? That just doesn’t seem fair because both these women carry Grace and Frankie and make it irresistibly funny. I protest! Nonetheless I think it will be a tight race between Schumer (2016 was her year!) and Tomlin.

Clare: Likewise can’t understand the nomination of Lily Tomlin and not also Jane Fonda… together they make Grace and Frankie. However, the same could be true for nominating Laurie Metcalf for Getting On and not Alex Borstein. However, having said that, my hope is Laurie gets it for a great final season of Getting On.

Erika: As much as I love me some Amy Schumer, I have to give my vote to Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish. I’ve been a fan of hers since Girlfriends and she proves episode after episode how great that comedic timing of hers is.

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Masters of None
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Verena: Aziz Ansari, hands down. Master of None was relatable, quirky, and real. Jeffrey Tambor is a close second though.

Erika: Anthony Anderson should take this one home. I am so here for some new blood walking home with the Emmy and Anderson has proven his comedic chops in Black-ish.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Clare: Tough category… I’m a big Getting On fan, but adore Allison Janney. I think Allison will come through here.

Erika: I’m with Clare and think Janney will take it home once more. She’s untouchable in Mom.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Verena: Why in the world is Ty Burrell considered a Supporting Actor? That placement just baffles me. How insulting. As for who will get to take this Emmy home I’m betting on Andre Braugher. His subtle hilarity makes B99 just that little more unique. Although in my heart Tituss Burgess wins every single time. I raise my glass of Pinot Noir to you, Sir.

Erika: I want Keegan-Michael Key to take it home. He makes me laugh so hard that I cry in Key & Peele.

TV MOVIE
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Anna: Hands down, Sherlock was the best this year! I was literally glued to the TV while watching the special on New Year’s Day and I’m going to be super mad if they don’t win this year.

Verena: I second that. Everything pales in comparison to Sherlock. Sorry, there’s just no competition.

Shelby: Sherlock absolutely blew the competition away this year. There is no comparison. They’ll take the gong home this year.

Erika: Sherlock; enough said.

Jacie: Luther; Is it wrong to want this to win just because Idris Elba? No? I didn’t think so either.

LIMITED SERIES
American Crime
Fargo
The Night Manager
The People v. OJ Simpson
Roots

Clare: The People v. OJ Simpson had me glued to my screen every week with amazing performances by the whole cast and really great writing. This deserves all the accolades it received and hopefully this will be just one more.

Shelby: The Night Manager was a truly spectacular piece of television this year. The acting, the writing, the camera work, it was all tautly packaged and delivered and it kept me guessing all the way through.

Erika: So many to choose from but I have to give it to The Night Manager. From start to finish, this series had it all.

Jacie: The Night Manager; What can I say, this series had a stellar cast including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and many others. The script was excellent and while it did differ from the book in some places, it was still an edge of your seat about whether he’d be sprung or not at any given moment. It should win all the awards.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Verena: I love, love, love Kerry Washington. But my vote goes to Sarah Paulson. Not everyone can rock that perm and still look so damn graceful.

Clare: Seriously just give Sarah Paulson any award she’s nominated for. The lady never does anything by half and is so enchanting to watch. Pure class, seemingly effortless, engaging performances each and every time.

Erika: This one is Sarah Paulson’s to lose. There’s no way she isn’t going to take this one home.

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Anna: Tough one. Hiddleston and Cumberbatch were both great in their respective roles and I honestly can’t decide whom to give my vote to. I think in the end it will be Cumberbatch, after all he showed us so many different sides to Sherlock in just 90 minutes which is just amazing to watch.

Verena: Look at that list. That’s the creme de la creme, the who-is-who of Hollywood. How anyone can make a choice in this category is beyond me. If I really had to pick – and thank God I don’t – it would be Cumberbatch. Or Elba. Or Hiddleston. Argh.

Clare: Wow two for The People v. O.J. Simpson! While both were great performances, I think Courtney B. Vance would edge out over Cuba in this one.

Shelby: Cumberbatch and Hiddleston wowed this year. Their performances were sharp as a sword and they both kept me glued to the screen. However, I think Hiddleston has a slight edge this season. The Night Manager was just too well done to ignore here.

Erika: I really want this one to be a 3 way tie because Elba, Hiddleston, and Cumberbatch really stepped it up for their roles. That being said, I’d love for Hiddleston to take it home since this really has been his year to shine and his turn as Pine was the talk of the town for weeks.

Jacie: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager; Because as Jonathan Pine…. He WAS The Night Manager. Hiddleston brought him to life from the pages just as I had imagined him. Except hotter.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Melissa Leo, All The Way
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Verena: I’m going with Sarah Paulson again. See above.

Clare: See my comments above about Sarah Paulson. Ditto!

Shelby: I have to disagree with Verena and Clare here. I think first time nominee Olivia Colman will win. She has been wowing viewers across the pond for years and I hope voters will see that her character in The Night Manager is truly nuanced and very well acted.

Erika: I’m siding with Shelby here and want to give it to Olivia Colman.

Jacie: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager; Colman was UTTERLY and devastatingly brilliant in the gender swapped role of Angela Burr. She brought a whole new dimension to the story and portrayed Burr with such fierceness.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Verena: David Schwimmer as a Kardashian. That’s something I never thought I’d see. That should be enough to get him an Emmy right? If not, let’s try a little Unagi.

Clare: I’ve never been overly impressed with David Schwimmer, but in The People v. O.J. Simpson he was fantastic and really held his own with the other stars.

Shelby: All the awards for The Night Manager. Hugh Laurie really upped his game here. He made me fear for my life and made my skin crawl as the villain Richard Roper. I am definitely rooting for him.

Erika: Shelby and I are in sync so I’m siding with her for the same reasons for Hugh Laurie to take it home.

Jacie: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager; I was brought up on Laurie as a comedian first and foremost and every time I see him in a dramatic role I am blown away. The fact that for Dickie Roper he was maliciously evil in what he did and did it with effusive charm made his performance all the more impressive.

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Verena: I am in awe at the physical condition those American Ninja Warrior contestants are in. IN AWE. And slightly jealous. So that’s definitely a win for me. Also, Stephen Amell publically declared he wants to give it a try and I am so ready for that.

Erika: I love Dancing with the Stars so my vote goes to them every year.

VARIETY TALK SERIES
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Anna: James Corden and Jimmy Fallon are both amazing… can’t they just win both? Share their Emmy? I can’t make a decision like that!

Verena: Any of the Jimmy’s deserves this Emmy. And Corden, but only if he takes me for a ride. Our duets would probably break the internet.

Shelby: Oh my gosh. No. I can’t choose. I’m with Anna here. Just let James and Jimmy share the Emmy. They both deserve it.

Erika: Let’s just give it to James and Jimmy and be done with it.

Jacie: The Late Late Show with James Corden; The man who brought us CarPool Karaoke. Say no more.

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