Television’s golden night is almost upon us.
The 2018 Emmy Awards are this weekend, 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
The Americans (FX)
The Crown (Netflix)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Shelby: I’m calling it now. This will be the year of either This is Us or The Handmaid’s Tale so… I’m going with This is Us.
Emmy: Given the crazy season it had last year, I’m giving this to Game of Thrones. It totally blew our minds and didn’t hold back at all.
Clare: The Handmaid’s Tale was so powerful and such a warning for what is happening in the world currently that I think it would have resonated not only with viewers but with Emmy voters as well.
Verena: This is a tough one. As much as I would love for the big prize to go to This is Us or even Stranger Things, I have a feeling The Americans might take it home for the final season.
Abby: This feels like an easy one. My vote goes to The Handmaid’s Tale. It was equal parts “wow” and “yikes,” which is what we hope for in any good drama.
Kirsty: For me I am going to agree with Clare and Abby and say that it has to The Handmaid’s Tale. This world has been with me for 20 years and the way the world has been brought to life in a terrifying familiar way, it is the one true winner. Under His Eye!
Melissa: I finally binged all of Handmaid’s Tale and I honestly don’t know how it doesn’t win. It’s so dark, but so powerful.
Lara: I think The Americans could win as this is it’s last chance to win, but my money’s on The Handmaid’s Tale seeing as how the response for Game Of Thrones was mixed last season. It’ll be a real test of Hulu’s voting power up against the HBO juggernaut.
Outstanding comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Shelby: I’ve not seen any of these but seeing as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took everyone by surprise last year, it’s safe to say it might do it again this year.
Emmy: I would love for this one to go to Atlanta. It’s so brilliantly written and Donald Glover is at the top of his game with this show.
Clare: I have only seen one of these and was not that impressed with this season. Based on what I’ve heard about each, I think it will be down to Atlanta and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel with Atlanta taking it home.
Verena: I’m with Emmy and Clare on this one. Donald Glover is a beast, and Atlanta deserves the win.
Abby: I haven’t seen it yet, but I am going to choose Atlanta, as well. I’ve hear so much buzz and can’t wait to watch it!
Kirsty: There aren’t many I’ve actually got round to watching but I would go for Glow or Atlanta with Atlanta unfortunately getting the edge.
Lara: I’m not going to break from the herd, it should be Atlanta.
Melissa: While I did love Glow I think this is going to Atlanta as well.
Outstanding limited series
The Alienist (TNT)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
Shelby: If it isn’t Glee, it’s something else of Ryan Murphy’s. It’ll go to American Crime Story.
Emmy: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is taking this one home. It was unbelievable, jaw dropping, intense, and just so well done from start to finish. It didn’t have a dull episode or moment and honestly had one of the best casts.
Clare: There was just something magical about The Assassination of Gianni Versace: the right story, the right cast, the right time in history, the right crew and it just all worked unbelievably. This is a story that still lingers with you vividly months after the finale aired. This is truly the series to beat.
Verena: It’s almost too boring to go with The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but we’ve all seen this work of art. I’d almost go as far and say this one’s a sure thing.
Abby: ^ Same.
Kirsty: There is only one true winner in this category and it is The Assassination of Gianni Versace. A fabulous retelling of a moment of modern history I remember unfolding. It was a truly awesome (in the real sense of the word) piece of must watch TV.
Lara: I’ll take The Assassination of Gianni Versace on the grounds that HBO’s Sharp Objects aired too late to compete this year.
Melissa: not going to lie I haven’t seen any of these so… what they said.
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Shelby: I’m not playing it safe in this category. I think it’ll go to Sandra Oh for Killing Eve.
Emmy: As much as I would love to see Tatiana Maslany win this one for her last year in Orphan Black, I think this one is Sandra Oh’s year.
Clare: There were some amazing performances in this category and I think this is one of the closest races. While I would be happy to see Elisabeth Moss or Sandra Oh walk off with the trophy, I think they will honour Claire Foy for her brilliant work in The Crown.
Verena: How is Tatiana Maslany still on that list, didn’t Orphan Black end like five years ago? And where the hell is my girl Mandy Moore? Because her performance in This Is Us this season was one of the finest moments in television this year. To get back on topic, I really, really, really need this to go to Sandra Oh because she has always been fantastic, and it’s time she gets the recognition she deserves. Also, Killing Eve is phenomenal.
Kirsty: This is a really strong category, and I really want to see Elisabeth Moss to get the gong for her phenomenal performance in The Handmaid’s Tale, and hope that they don’t just give it to Claire Foy because it was her last season on The Crown.
Lara: This is a close one, and every actress on the list deserves the recognition. This is the last chance for Foy and Russell, and sentiment could win out this year. As much as I am personally rooting for Sandra Oh, I think the Emmys may hold off on Killing Eve for one more year (so help me God if Jodie Comer isn’t nominated next year…). I say the award will go to Elizabeth Moss with Keri Russell as my dark horse pick.
Melissa: I always want my girl Tatiana Maslany to win but I do think it should be Elizabeth Moss – She killed it.
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Shelby: Matthew Rhys for The Americans. The show just ended. FX granted it a natural end. Show a little love, voters.
Emmy: I love Sterling and Milo so much but I think this one will go to Milo this year. He was on fire in his role as Jack in This is Us.
Clare: I agree with Emmy. Milo had a much meatier role this season and executed it stunningly.
Verena: I have to agree with Emmy and Clare again, Brown and Ventimiglia are usually head-to-head, but last season it was Milo’s time to shine. So. Many. Feels. And so many tears.
Kirsty: Somehow I am so far behind on some of these shows (or I don’t watch them at all The Americans) from everything I have heard it belongs to Milo for This Is Us.
Lara: If Sterling K. Brown loses he loses to Matthew Rhys. This is Rhys’ second consecutive nomination, and the competition is worse for Russell than it is for Rhys. The Americans will not win Outstanding Drama, so this could be the best last chance for the series.
Melissa: Sterling K. Brown is my pick.
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Shelby: I’ve heard tale of Yvonne Strahovski’s performance in The Handmaid’s Tale. Here’s to hoping it’ll go to her. If not, Ann Dowd has it in the bag.
Emmy: As much as she enraged me this year as Cersei, I want Lena Headey to take this one for Game of Thrones. The bluntness of her delivery, the zero-damns-given attitude was so on point.
Clare: Yvonne Strahovski just absolutely blew me away in this season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Her ability to have you go from utterly despising Serena Joy and wishing all manner of evil on her for what she has sown one episode to feeling the deepest sympathy and compassion for her the next is why she deserves this award and will take it home.
Verena: As the only person on this panel that doesn’t watch Handmaid’s Tale, I presume, I’m giving my vote to Millie Bobby Brown, even though she really belongs in the Lead Actress category.
Kirsty: This is a really easy one for me, if there is ANY justice in the world Yvonne Strahovski HAS to win. Her entire performance all season was everything. I ranged from wanting Serena Joy to die a horrible death to cheering her on for her absolute disobedience towards the regime she had a hand (or finger) in creating.
Lara: No one put me through more emotional turmoil this year than Yvonne Strahovski (I hated her, I kinda liked her, I haaaaated her, I pitied her). While I think this category is a bloody fight to the death between Dowd and Bledel (and it’s a darn shame for Vanessa Kirby and Thandie Newton), keep your eye on Lena Headey. If there’s any justice in the world this will go to Strahvoski or Bledel.
Melissa: “Google, how can multiple people win this award?” Yvonne Strahovski was just incredible on this season of Handmaid’s Tale. I think it’s going to be her.
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Matt Smith (The Crown)
Shelby: I’m going with Matt Smith in this category. He deserved it after his performance in The Crown this past season.
Emmy: My love for Jim Hopper knows no end so my choice is David Harbour. I didn’t think he could outdo himself after the first season but he did.
Clare: This is another hard one. As much as I love David Harbour in Stranger Things, I don’t think I can see the Academy awarding the series. I’m going with Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. He has always been one of my favourite characters since the beginning and he was fantastic the past season.
Verena: I love David Harbour so much and Hopper is one of my favorite things about Stranger Things. He may not be the overall frontrunner amongst these fantastic men, but he has my vote.
Kirsty: I am going to go against the trend for two reasons, one I don’t watch Stranger Things or Game of Thrones and two I hugely dislike Matt Smith, and say I want Joseph Fiennes to get the win for The Handmaid’s Tale. His performance this season creating a totally amoral and truly abhorrent individual who I spent the whole season praying would die the worst of deaths, deserves an award (because Fiennes is a really nice person in real life).
Lara: Peter Dinklage is the one to beat here, and if anyone does it’ll be David Harbour.
Melissa: I’m going for a Handmaid’s Tale (almost) sweep and say Fiennes. I’d be totally fine with anyone in the category winning though.
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie)
Shelby: Lily Tomlin deserves something for Grace and Frankie. My vote goes to her this year.
Emmy: As much as I want to agree with Shelby, my vote is going to Issa Rae. She was on fire in Insecure’s second season and gave us comedy gold with every episode.
Clare: I hate voting against Allison Janney in anything, but I think Pamela Adlon will take this one home.
Verena: Excuse me, Allison Janney is the reigning Queen of Everything. Give her this damn award you peasants.
Kirsty: I am torn between Lily Tomlin and Allison Janney, but I’m with Verena – just give Allison the award now!!
Lara: While I never ever bet against Allison Janney, (she already has so many Emmys, you guys, like seven of them) I would love to see Issa Rae walk away with this one. But after all the buzz for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (and with Julia Louis-Dreyfus out of the way), this could be Rachel Brosnahan’s year.
Melissa: I’m going to say Tracee Ellis Ross just to be different also because I love her.
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Shelby: Ted Danson. Hands down. Dude’s killing it in The Good Place. Has been from the beginning.
Emmy: I’m with Shelby. This is Ted Danson’s year.
Clare: I haven’t seen any of these so taking a stab in the dark and, while I have heard good things about Ted Danson, I have heard phenomenal stuff about Donald Glover so I’m going with him.
Verena: EMMY WINNER TED DANSOOON.
Kirsty: I haven’t seen any of these shows, but I do remember Curb Your Enthusiasm from the first time around so I will go out on a limb for Larry David
Lara: I’m gonna have to stay on the Atlanta train. Donald Glover is the one to beat, with Bill Hader as the dark horse win.
Melissa: I’ll never understand how Shameless is categorised as a comedy but nevertheless. I think it’ll be Donald Glover – the man can do no wrong right now.
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
Megan Mullally (Will And Grace)
Shelby: Can someone recognize the brilliance that is Leslie Jones? Please? Like, pretty please with sugar on top?
Emmy: It’s so hard to choose so I’m going to cop out and pick Megan Mullally and Leslie Jones and hope for the best. They’re both hysterical.
Clare: I obviously don’t watch enough comedy as haven’t seen any of these. I always love Alex Borstein so I’ll go with her.
Verena: I do love Laurie Metcalf, but Roseanne is not taking anything home ever again … Can we give this to Kate McKinnon for being the funniest person on this planet?
Kirsty: I’m going to go for Megan Mullally because Karen is and has always been the best thing about Will and Grace.
Lara: Leslie Jones deserves this award, and I am in love with Kate McKinnon who is a shoe-in given her previous wins. SNL was my safe place this year, so I’m glad to see so many nominations. Kate McKinnon is the safest bet here, but I have a good feeling about Alex Borstein y’all…
Melissa: Leslie Jones. That is all.
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Henry Winkler (Barry)
Shelby: Tituss Burgess. He overshadows everyone in this category. Easily.
Emmy: Will this finally be Tituss’ year? God I hope so! He’s my choice.
Clare: While I wasn’t a fan of this season’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess is bloody hilarious and makes the show. He’s got my vote here.
Verena: Oh Titus, my Titus. Will you finally be awarded for your talent? One can only hope.
Kirsty: I would love to see Alec Baldwin win for SNL.
Lara: I think this is a showdown between TV royalty: Tony Shalhoub and Henry Winkler, with Winkler out in front.
Melissa: I don’t care about anyone in this category but Tituss Burgess gets my vote.
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
Shelby: Argh. No. This one isn’t fair. Too many good choices and too much stunning talent. I think Michelle Dockery has it this year.
Emmy: My gut tells me to go with Sarah Paulson cos she slays this every year BUT Edie Falco did amazing too so I’m going to go with her this time.
Clare: I hate to vote against one of my Queens, Ms Sarah Paulson, but AHS: Cult just did not do anything for me bar one or two episodes. Having not seen any of the other performances I’m going with Emmy and her vote for Edie Falco.
Verena: Since AHS:Cult is the only thing I have seen off this list, my vote goes to Sarah Paulson. Also because she SLAYS.
Kirsty: Even though like Clare AHS: Cult did definitely disappoint this year, I am going to agree with Verena and say Sarah Paulson.
Lara: Did no one else watch The Sinner?! Homework, everyone. Stop what you’re doing and go binge it now. Look, this is another case of favorite vs. upset. Laura Dern is Laura Dern, so if they can award her they will. However, Jessica Biel stunned everyone this year and if ANYONE beats Dern, it had better be Biel.
Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert)
Jesse Plemons (USS Callister: Black Mirror)
Shelby: God, another good category that is too hard to pick. My vote, however, goes to Benedict Cumberbatch. The guy can do no wrong.
Emmy: This one is Darren Criss’ to lose. He was Andrew Cunanan. I had such a love/hate relationship with him but I think that was the point. I legit forgot it was Darren Criss that I was watching.
Clare: From the premiere episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, you knew you were getting a tour de force performance from Darren Criss. Just how good it was to be I don’t think any one of us fully imagined. This is his to lose and I really can’t see that happening.
Verena: Considering there’s some pretty massive names on this list, it will be an even bigger celebration for Darren Criss when he takes that Emmy home. Because he will. No doubt. His portrayal of Cunanan was chilling, powerful and downright amazing. When will this man finally get the praise he deserves?
Kirsty: In a choice that will shock absolutely no one who knows me, the Emmy only belongs to one man on this list and that is Darren Criss. He was mind blowingly epic as Andrew Cunanan, and he is even better than any one was expecting, and I thought he was going to brilliant from day one. As Cunanan Criss took you through the whole range of emotion from hatred, chilling and at points you even felt a little sorry for him, which was something I never expected. If anyone else takes this from Criss there will be a riot.
Lara: I dunno gang, I know everyone is pulling for Darren Criss, but Benedict Cumberbatch is a superstar who delivered a solid performance. I can’t bet against him.
Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert)
Penelope Cruz (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Judith Light (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult)
Merritt Wever (Godless)
Letitia Wright (Black Mirror (Black Museum))
Shelby: Merritt Wever in Godless.
Emmy: I’m so torn here between Judith, Penelope, and Letitia. If I really have to choose, I’m giving it to Judith with Letitia coming in second. Judith Light had me in tears.
Clare: Another tough category with so many fine performances but Judith Light just turned in such a stunning performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace that she will take this home.
Verena: This is hard. But I’m going with Letitia Wright. Black Museum was painful to watch, but her acting skills were outstanding.
Kirsty: Here is another one where I am rather torn between Sara Bareilles who was so powerful in Jesus Christ Superstar and the legendary Judith Light who was heart wrenching in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. I am going to go for Light purely for the strength of emotion shown.
Lara: I suspect best supporting is the only category Godless has a leg to stand on and as such, while my personal pick is Letitia Wright, I think Merritt Wever could take it.
Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Jeff Daniels (Godless)
Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
John Leguizamo (Waco)
Finn Wittrock (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Ricky Martin (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower)
Shelby: Anything Jeff Daniels does is golden. My choice goes to him.
Emmy: I really want Finn Wittrock to walk with this one after his portrayal of Jeff in ACS. As brilliant as Edgar was as Gianni, Finn went above and beyond and you couldn’t help but want things to turn out so different for him and for history to be rewritten so Jeff could live because of how devastating brilliant Finn was in this role.
Clare: I am still bitter that Cody Fern wasn’t nominated here for David Madson in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. However, the three other nominations the series got does help. I really want Finn Wittrock to have this one, but I think that Edgar Ramirez will be victorious on the night purely for his performance over the whole course of the series.
Verena: Another award that is American Crime Story’s to lose. It could really swing either way, with any of the gentlemen nominated winning. I’m going with Finn Wittrock.
Kirsty: I personally don’t think that Ricky Martin deserves to be in this category especially when Cody Fern missed out on a truly well deserved nomination, other than that I would be happy for either of the other two guys to win from The Assassination of Gianni Versace with Edgar Ramirez edging out to win the award.
Lara: See my above reasoning for supporting actress. I’ll stick with Godless and say Jeff Daniels.
Outstanding variety talk series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Shelby: Let’s give all the awards to the ever hilarious Jimmy Kimmel.
Emmy: I love James Corden so I will go down this ship and give it to him.
Clare: Yep completely agree with Emmy here.
Verena: They’re all funny, they’re all clever, they all deserve it, let’s give it to Colbert.
Kirsty: I’m going to stay patriotic, and go for James Corden. And the guy is a total sweetheart, and we all know Brits are funnier 😛
Lara: Oh, my heart. My Kingdom for Samantha Bee. But John Oliver is the reigning champ (and for good reason). I don’t suspect Oliver will be unseated that easily, I fully expect him to take the prize again this year. But in my heart, I’m pulling for you Samantha!
Melissa: my queen Samantha Bee (John Oliver will probably win though).
Outstanding variety sketch series
At Home With Amy Sedaris (TruTV)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)
Shelby: This is Saturday Night Live’s to lose. I mean, so long as we’re being honest.
Emmy: I’d love to see Drunk History walk away with this one but I have a feeling that Portlandia will win this because it’s more of the Emmy voters cup of tea.
Clare: I also would love to see Drunk History take this one away but don’t think that’s likely (though deserved). I’m going with Shelby and SNL.
Verena: Has SNL ever not one this award? (I know it has, but I’m trying to make a point). SNL is thriving in the Trump era (it’s just too easy a government to make fun of) and they deserve this award now more than ever.
Kirsty: Drunk History should be the winner here, because it involves two of my favourite things; alcohol and history.
Lara: It would be hilarious to see the Amy Sedaris take this one, but Saturday Night Live got us all through some dark sh*t, and they deserve the award.
Melissa: I love Drunk History so much I would love to see it win.
Outstanding reality competition series
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
Shelby: Oh, boy. This is a tough one. Umm… gosh. They’re all so good. I’m going with The Voice. Just because I can.
Emmy: RuPaul’s Drag Race, shantay you slay this year.
Clare: I’m not really a reality TV fan, but I did catch some of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s because of the guest judges and it was a bit of fun so I’ll go with it, especially given the nods it got with the Creative Arts Emmys.
Verena: Yeah, Ru Paul’s got this.
Kirsty: Come through Mama Ru!! RuPaul’s Drag Race deserves this.
Lara: “I’m Roxxxy Andrews and I’m here to make it clear”…Oh, sorry. I mean RuPaul’s Drag Race. (I love you for this -Emmy).
Outstanding animated series
Baymax Returns (Disney XD)
Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
The Simpsons (FOX)
South Park (Comedy Central)
Shelby: Rick and Morty. They’re the new Simpsons in a weird kind of way.
Clare: Yep I’m also going for Rick and Morty.
Emmy: “Look, Morty! I’m an Emmy!” is probably what Rick and Morty will be saying when they win.
Verena: Full disclosure, I watch none of these. Just to go with something else I’m going with Bob’s Burgers.
Kirsty: I don’t really watch much animation these days, but I do love South Park so let’s go for that one.
Lara: Meh, cartoons aren’t really my thing. I’ll say Bob’s Burgers. It would make my brother happy.
Melissa: Bob’s Burgers because I am Tina Belcher.
Outstanding children’s program
Alexa & Katie (Netflix)
Fuller House (Netflix)
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)
Clare: This is a tough one for me, though I think A Series of Unfortunate Events will take this one. It was fun, scary, and has a great cast.
Verena: Am I the only one that thought A Series of Unfortunate Events was dreadful, and actually painful to watch? I feel like this one could go to the Sesame Street.
Emmy: Not sure how Fuller House counts as children’s programming….but that aside, my vote goes to Star Wars Rebels.
Kirsty: Clear choice for me here, has to be A Series of Unfortunate Events. It is dark, twisted, comedic and has musical numbers all of which allow Neil Patrick Harris to shine. The whole cast are also great and it has a macabre feel to it.
Shelby: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Hands down. This show is amazing and Neil Patrick Harris is a gift as Count Olaf.
Lara: Yeah, I don’t have a dog in this fight either. Let’s stick with A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Outstanding directing in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Stephen Daldry (The Crown)
The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
Jeremy Podeswa (Game Of Thrones)
Daniel Sackheim (Ozark)
Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones)
Verena: As the only lady nominated, Kari Skogland gets my vote. WE NEED MORE FEMALE FILMMAKERS.
Clare: This also could go to many of those nominated. However, I’m in complete agreement with Verena here and feel that they need to honour a woman for this one so go Kari Skogland.
Emmy: I am also going with Kari Skogland cos the future is female with Alan Taylor being my second option.
Kirsty: Going with Verena and Clare, and going for Kari Skogland because The Handmaid’s Tale has been amazing.
Shelby: I agree with everyone above. We need more women in the industry. So, Kari Skogland.
Lara: Oh cool, so I would like to second everything Verena just said. Every word. Kari Skogland is brilliant and my bet. But I will add that Game of Thrones could be light on trophies this year, so Alan Taylor might walk away with this one.
Outstanding directing in a comedy series
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)
Hiro Murai (Atlanta)
Jesse Peretz (GLOW)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Verena: Since I couldn’t vote for Glover before, this time I will.
Clare: So I’ve not seen any of these nominated so just going off hype. That being said, I think this will be Donald Glover’s second award for the night.
Emmy: Hands down, this will go to Glover.
Kirsty: Going to go for Jesse Peretz for Glow here because out of this list it is the only show on my to watch list.
Shelby: Donald Glover because the only thing we need more of in the industry besides female directors are minority directors. Plus he’s hilarious.
Lara: Fantastic point, Shelby. I’m going to stick with Glover and I think Bill Hader could be the upset if there is one.
Outstanding directing in a variety series
Andre Allen (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)
Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia)
Jim Hoskinson (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
Tim Mancinelli (The Late Late Show With James Corden)
Paul Pennolino (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver)
Verena: Frankly speaking, I don’t feel properly qualified to judge half of these awards. Let’s go with Carrie Brownstein and Portlandia.
Clare: I’m going to go with Don Roy King for SNL.
Kirsty: Sticking with the semi patriotic thing and going for Tim Mancinelli for The Late Late Show With James Corde
Shelby: Tim Mancinelli for The Late Late Show with James Corden only because James Corden is hilarious and someone has to be praised for reigning in Corden’s energy.
Lara: I love Carrie Brownstein. That’s it. That’s all. That’s my whole justification.
Emmy: I’m with Lara on this one.
Outstanding directing in a limited series or movie
Scott Frank (Godless)
David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)
Barry Levinson (Paterno)
Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose)
Ryan Murphy (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Craig Zisk (The Looming Tower)
David Lynch (Twin Peaks)
Clare: Really just give The Assassination of Gianni Versace the award in each category it’s nominated in. The series was so beautifully shot and while it would have been great to see Matt Bomer nominated for “Creator/Destroyer” for the number of locations and time periods he had to deal with, Ryan Murphy’s “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” is a stunning hour of TV.
Verena: I can only imagine how hard it is to direct and produce a live show, so the team behind Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert gets my vote.
Kirsty: Ryan Murphy deserves the award here for his direction of The Assassination of Gianni Versace and even though like Clare I would have loved to see Matt Bomer get the nod, Murphy’s overall vision for the show gives him the edge.
Shelby: I’m with Verena. Having been on stage my fair share of time, I can’t imagine doing a show live on stage. Give it to the Jesus Christ Superstar team.
Lara: I would consider it a personal attack to nominate Lynch in this category and not award him.
Emmy: I’m actually torn in this one with Lynch and Murphy but honestly, I think it’s Murphy’s to lose.
Outstanding writing in a drama series
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones)
The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Peter Morgan (The Crown)
Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve)
Verena: I know this is not the time nor the place but people need to watch Killing Eve. I have rarely ever been so impressed by the writing of a show. It’s clever, fast-paced, and the characters will never stop to surprise you. They’re three-dimensional and flawed and interesting, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge deserves this.
Clare: Completely agree with everything Verena has said here. I was so impressed with the series and everyone must go check it out if you haven’t already.
Kirsty: Bruce Miller deserves this for me. As a long time fan of Margaret Atwood’s amazing writing in The Handmaid’s Tale, I was incredibly nervous when the TV adaptation was announced (because the last attempt was so woeful). Miller has kept to the spirit and tone of Atwood’s seminal writing, but opened up the world of Gilead in a way I was not expecting.
Shelby: I selfishly want The Duffer Brothers to win this for Stranger Things. The show is crafty and masterful and so dang suspenseful.
Lara: While I think Bruce Miller has the best shot for another powerful season of The Handmaid’s Tale, I can’t root for anyone but Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Please, if you’re reading this and you haven’t watched Killing Eve, make it your next binge. After you finish The Sinner…slacker.
Emmy: I really would like to give it to the team from Game of Thrones but my gut tells me that it will go to Killing Eve. I’ll be happy with either one.
Outstanding writing in a comedy series
Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)
Alec Berg and Bill Hader (Barry)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Sefani Robinson (Atlanta)
Liz Sarnoff (Barry)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Verena: While I have not seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yet, I believe in Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Clare: again I haven’t seen any of these so it’s really a stab in the dark so I’ll vote for Liz Sarnoff for Barry.
Kirsty: I have seen none of these, but I will always go for Amy Sherman-Palladino for writing chops.
Shelby: I agree with Kirsty and Verena. Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Lara: I could see this going to Barry if Atlanta dominates the way I think it will. But It’s hard not to put your trust in Glover. I think Donald Glover is frontrunner with Amy Sherman-Pallandino as the long-shot.
Emmy: In Glover I trust.
Outstanding writing in a variety series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Night With Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Verena: SNL is the most original (and in my opinion funny) show out of the bunch. It would be well-deserved.
Clare: I think this could be a toss up between Full Frontal and SNL. That being said, I’ll go for Full Frontal since Verena’s taken SNL – just to keep things interesting.
Kirsty: This is a bit of a meh category for me, but let’s go for Stephen Colbert.
Shelby: SNL is gonna take this home. It’s proven itself time and time again to be not only funny but poignant.
Lara: This is a fight between Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Saturday Night Live. Both shows deserve to win, neither win will upset anyone. I think Saturday Night Live could pull this off for sheer volume of material produced, but I think Last Week is the best bet.
Emmy:This is a tough one as both Last Week and SNL killed it all year long but I think John Oliver and company have this one in the bag.
Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie
Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus (American Vandal)
Scott Frank (Godless)
David Nicholls (Patrick Melrose)
Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
David Lynch and Mark Frost (Twin Peaks)
William Bridgers and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister (Black Mirror))
Clare: Taking a famous murder but with a story that no one really knew that lead up to it and then telling it in reverse order, but yet have it all gel so well together and not have the series lose viewers as the major event everyone was wanting to see occurred in the series’ opening minutes was the task that Tom Rob Smith had with The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and he more than delivered. Some really clever and beautiful writing over the course of the nine episodes.
Verena: USS Callister was absolutely insane and bizarre and weird. But, as it is often in the case of Black Mirror, I couldn’t stop myself from watching. I thought it was one of the finest hours of the series to date.
Kirsty: For me there is only one worthy winner in this category, and that is Tom Rob Smith. His writing across the whole season of The Assassination of Gianni Versace was strong throughout with no bum notes.
Shelby: I’m gonna be super different and off the cuff and go with Patrick Melrose and David Nichols. Such a sharp writer.
Lara: Look I’m clearly rooting for Lynch and Frost here, but when you get right down to it Twin Peaks is just too weird for a lot of people. If I can’t have Lynch and Frost I’ll be okay with William Bridgers and Charlie Brooker. USS Callister was amazing.
Emmy: As much as I want this to go to The Assassination of Gianni Versace, I think it will go to Black Mirror because as both Verena and Lara have stated, USS Callister was amazing and crazy and it sucked you in right to the end.