Television’s golden night is almost upon us.
The 2017 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 Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
This Is Us
Emmy: Only because Game of Thrones isn’t nominated this year, I think This Is Us will be the one to beat. From start to finish, this show has polarized audiences everywhere with its storylines and not to mention, had us grabbing tissues with every episode.
Shelby: This is really This is Us’s category to lose this time around. I’ve not seen it save for clips and recaps but from what I’ve heard, it is phenomenal. It’s on my watch list for sure.
Anna: Oh, this is a tough category and while I absolutely love This is Us, I think The Crown or The Handmaid’s Tale will take it home.
Veren: THIS. IS. US. I have rarely ever cried this much during a television show, and i cry a lot as per usual. The big three have taken my heart by storm. Also, Milo Ventimiglia.
Lara: If there is a god, The Handmaid’s Tale will sweep this year. #Resist
Outstanding Comedy Series
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Emmy: I would really love for Black-ish to take it this year. That show is so well written and its cast is superb. If not this one, then please give it to Atlanta because Donald Glover kills it every time.
Verena: I like most of these series, but none of them really enough to want them to win. If i have to choose my vote goes to Kimmy Schmidt. Titus Burgess makes the show.
Lara: For me, it’s a tie between Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I think Aziz Ansari is an amazingly gifted writer, and Tituss Burgess is a riot as Titus Andromedon.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
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)
Emmy: I’d love for Viola Davis to take it this year because how epic would that be if she also took an Emmy the same year she won an Oscar?!
Shelby: This is really a tight category. Wow. Umm. I am really rooting for Viola Davis just because she gets better and better with age. She is graceful and so talented.
Anna: There are too many great actresses in this category and I want all of them to win. I have a feeling Elisabeth Moss will take it home, but I’m secretly rooting for Queen Claire. Robin Wright would deserve it too, as her performance als Claire Underwood is outstanding each season.
Verena: Viola Davis has owned this category for the past couple years, but it’s time to hand over the crown. WINK.
Lara: This is a tough call. Claire Foy was a pleasant surprise this year. Robin Wright as Claire Underwood is one of my all time favorite television characters. But I would watch, DVR, and Live Tweet two hours, every thursday of Viola Davis stoically sobbing and staring directly into the camera.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
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)
Emmy: Sterling.K.Brown. That is all. Watch the episode “Jack Pearson’s Son” and you’ll understand why he deserves the win.
Shelby: As much as I think Kevin Spacey will win, I am all about some Matthew Rhys. He’s great. Multi-faceted and talented. It is his time to be recognized.
Anna: I’m all for Kevin Spacey and I think I don’t even need to give a reason here, as the latest House of Cards season speaks for itself.
Verena: All the This Is Us boys! I love Milo Ventimiglia with all my heart, but Sterling K. Brown was phenomenal this season. “Memphis” is likely the best hour of television i have seen this year. So many tears, so many emotions. This is why i love TV.
Lara: Oh, give it someone other than Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Spacey. That’ll be enough for me.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Emmy: If there is an Emmy-god of some sort, it will be merciful and not let Julia win again.
Shelby: Grace and Frankie is the only show that I have watched in this category and both Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda nail it. If either of them win it, I’ll be happy.
Anna: I really hope either Jane Fonda or Lily Tomlin will take this home, but I have a feeling Julia Louis-Dreyfus will once again win it.
Verena: I’m a bit tired of Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning this category, bless her heart, but I need some excitement. I’m rooting for my favorite vibrator selling ladies, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Can they both win it together please?
Lara: Really not a huge fan of comedies, but I do love Allison Janney and Ellie Kemper.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Emmy: It’s Donald Glover’s to lose this year.
Lara: I love Shameless, but I’m rooting for Aziz Ansari.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Emmy: Going to go with Ron Cephas Jones; absolutely brilliant as William.
Shelby: Michael Kelly. Michael Kelly. Michael Kelly. Please! His turn as Doug Stamper has gotten better, darker, and more sinister as the seasons of House of Cards have progressed. I’m ready for him to bring one home for the team.
Anna. Yep, I can only agree with Shelby here.
Verena: Once again I’m consumed by my love for This is Us. Jones was nothing short of incredible in his role of William.
Lara: I’m gonna side with Shelby and Anna on this one. Michael Kelly.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Emmy: I love Thandie Newton and her portrayal as Maeve was absolutely breathtaking.
Verena: All of them strong contenders … tough one. Thandie Newton was probably my favorite part of Westworld, but how good is Millie Bobby Brown? I plead the fifth.
Lara: This is impossible. Uzo Aduba is the only reason I finished Orange Is The New Black this season. It was astounding to watch newcomer Millie Bobby Brown capture so much with so little dialogue in Stranger Things. Thandie Newton’s Maeve was the touchstone of Westworld. But I am pulling for Samira Wiley’s visceral performance as Moira with every fiber of my little queer heart.
Shelby: I think Millie Bobby Brown has this in the bag. She accomplished so much in Stranger Things and her praises need to keep being sung.
Outstanding Limited Series or Movie
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of
Emmy: Absolutely loved Feud but this is definitely Big Little Lies to lose.
Shelby: Another tight race. Noah Hawley continues to slay with Fargo but Ryan Murphy and his evil brain children are here to steal the glory no doubt with Feud. However, I hope Big Little Lies wins. A story about women banding together and kicking ass and taking names? Yes, please.
Verena: Feud was very good, but Big Little Lies had me glued to my screens every week. Absolutely brilliant! I can only echo Shelby’s praise.
Lara: Big Little Lies is the juggernaut here, no two ways about it. They had the source material (wonderful novel by Liane Moriarty), the budget, and the pedigree (Witherspoon, Dern, Skarsgard, and Kidman). Frankly, I’ll be astounded if they don’t sweep.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Carrie Coon (Fargo)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Emmy: My Jessica Lange loving heart will always pull for her to win all the awards.
Shelby: Nicole Kidman. Hands down. Her arc on Big Little Lies was devastating and powerful. She deserves the kudos.
Verena: Tight one between Nicole and Reese, but I think this one will go to Ms Kidman. Her performance was incredible, particularly in regards to such a sensitive topic.
Lara: This is Nicole Kidman’s award, which will shock absolutely no one.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
John Turturro (The Night Of)
Emmy: See Anna’s response below. That is all.
Anna: Have you seen Sherlock’s “The Lying Detective”? Because if you do, you know Benedict Cumberbatch will take this home.
Verena: I have to vote for Cumberbatch or Anna hurts me.
Shelby: I think Cumberbatch may have finally cinched this one. Hopefully.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Stanley Tucci (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)
Emmy: Alexander Skargard is seriously underrated and I think if he wins, everyone will finally see how brilliant he is.
Verena: This one goes to Alexander Skarsgard, for making me hate him but love him but hate him but root for him to get better.
Lara: Skarsgard will take this one.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King (American Crime)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Jackie Hoffman (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
Judy Davis (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)
Emmy: My money is on Laura Dern with Michelle Pfeiffer as a close second.
Shelby: I’ve been following Shailene Woodley since she was on FreeForm’s show The Secret Life of the American Teenager and she has only gotten better and more refined. An Emmy win would just solidify her as a major contender. Not to mention, her role as Jane Chapman was nuanced and powerful.
Verena: I have to agree with Shelby on this one, Shailene’s got a good chance to take this home. But i once again think this is a tight race between the Big Little Lies ladies. Laura Dern’s character gave us moments of rage and immense real estate envy.
Lara: I haven’t even seen The Wizard of Lies, but if Michelle Pfeiffer wins does that mean we get to keep her? Because that sounds fair to me. Laura Dern is the one to beat.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Matt Walsh (Veep)
Emmy: See Verena’s answer below.
Verena: Have i told you how much i love Tituss Burgess yet? It’s a lot. He’s fantastic, and funny, and the kind of friend you don’t really need, but definitely enriches your life.
Lara: I’ve got your back Verena. Tituss Burgess, please and thanks.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Emmy: Can this one be a tie between Kate and Leslie? Just thinking about all the amazing gifs that will come of their combine winning speeches would be so worth it.
Lara: On the one hand, I adore Kate McKinnon. On the other, Leslie Jones would live tweet her own acceptance speech and I am here for it.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Matthew Rhys (Girls)
Riz Ahmed (Girls)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Saturday Night Live)
Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
Tom Hanks (Saturday Night Live)
Hugh Laurie (Saturday Night Live)
Emmy: 3 words: Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Shelby: Can I vote for Matthew Rhys twice? Is that how this works? Because the dude is hilarious outside The Americans and that is so often overlooked.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)
Becky Ann Baker (Girls)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)
Carrie Fisher (Catastrophe)
Angela Bassett (Master of None)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Emmy: Just because I miss her so much….please give it to Carrie Fisher.
Lara: Melissa McCarthy on the grounds that her Sean Spicer was basically a public service.
Outstanding Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Emmy: Rupaul’s Drag Race better sissy that walk to a win, hunty.
Verena: I made my mom watch American Ninja Warrior the other day and she didn’t hate it. That’s about as much of a compliment you can get from her. Also, the celebrity edition had Stephen Amell on it, who made it look like a goddamn cake walk, and I was here for it.
Lara: RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shante you stay. Everyone else, sashay away.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher
Emmy: I love me some James Corden.
Lara: I really enjoy Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, but he can get a bit pedantic when he’s educating his audience. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is consistently hilarious and informative. She strikes a perfect balance in my opinion.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Billy on the Street
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show
Emmy: Drunk History is amazing.
Verena: I’ve watched hours worth of Billy on the Street on my 12 hour flight, and i’m still not tired of it. Do i dream of bumping into him at some point of my life? Maybe.
Lara: Drunk History is genius.
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