Snap Judgments & Predictions Of 68th Primetime Emmy Awards

Articles | Aug 12th, 2016

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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on September 18th on ABC and be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Adam and Bryan managed to write up some snap judgments & predictions for this year’s Emmys. Like every year, we’re mostly wrong so don’t bet on any Emmy pools based on our predictions.

Drama Series

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

Adam: Who can forget the whiplash-creating action and momentous, shocking plot twists of Better Call Saul, especially that time when Saul sat at the bar talking with what’s-her-name for a few episodes, or those many hours of when he discussed the arcane legal aspects of senior care? BCS by far deserves best drama, for all the tears it has induced. Tears of boredom and disappointment, but dramatic tears all the same.
Bryan: If Game of Thrones doesn’t win, the dragons will riot

Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Adam: Veep. Vice presidents are the funniest. Remember when Dick Cheney shot that guy in the face and never apologized? Hilarious!
Bryan: The 2 episodes I saw of Master on None weren’t great and Aziz isn’t really funny. His voice annoys me. It’s like a mixture of Minnie Mouse and nails on a chalkboard. Veep was, by far, the best comedy on TV.

Limited Series

American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Adam: My vote goes to the first season of Fargo, if I’m allowed to do that. Man, that was good. Second season… not so much.
Bryan: The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was excellent. Although, I could have done without all the Kardashian kids cameos like they were important to the story. They weren’t. Their Father was.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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

Adam: Bob Odenkirk. He showed incredible acting chops playing Michael McKean’s brother, given that Michael McKean is actually his grandfather.
Bryan: Better Call Saul bored me to tears this season. Rami Malek deserves it since he plays a schizo crack head very well. Too well actually.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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

Adam: Claire Danes has the best acting range; she can do anything from weeping to bawling.
Bryan: I hope John Travolta is presenting this category just so he can mispronounce Taraji P Henson’s name if she wins

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Adam: Movies can get Emmys now? I’m so confused.
Bryan: Anyone that wears 90’s Johnnie Cochran style hair in a series, deserves an Emmy

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Adam: Did somebody say bar? I’ll go with that one.
Bryan: Anyone that wears 90’s Marcia Clark style hair in a series, deserves an Emmy

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Adam: William H. Macy is still working? His face looks like Eagle Canyon. Craggy yet hauntingly beautiful.
Bryan: Will Forte grew an enormous beard, and then shaved HALF his beard and eyebrows. That’s commitment to your character & your show, folks!

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Adam: Ellie Kemper is like hot diarrhea – only fun for 10 minutes.
Bryan: Lily Tomlin is still alive? I always confuse her with Gilda Radner

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

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

Adam: If Keegan-Michael Key wins, can they bring back Key & Peele? Please?
Bryan: Louie Anderson only appears on Baskets, because he thought he was being promised baskets of cookies if he played Zach Galifianakis’ Mom

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Adam: Her name is Chlumsky – she deserves something, anything.
Bryan: Kate McKinnon is funny on SNL, I say her.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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

Adam: All these Game of Thrones people should fight for it.
Bryan: Kit Harington came back from the dead! That takes commitment too!

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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

Adam: See above. I’m betting on the one with the dragons.
Bryan: Sophie Turner had more to do this season on Game of Thrones than Maisie did. All she did was play a blind person. Big whoop.

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Adam: Can John Travolta win for best meme in 2016?
Bryan: If you watched People vs OJ, and played a drinking game of David Schwimmer saying “Juice,” you’d be completely shitface in the first 5 minutes of the show.

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

Adam: Is American Horror Story: Hotel about a Holiday Inn Express? I saw a roach crawl out of a waffle maker recently.
Bryan: I stayed at Ballys in Vegas once and my room had a ton of blood on the floor. It’s comforting to know someone got whacked right where you’re sleeping. Now that’s an American Horror Story: Hotel.

Outstanding TV Movie

A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way

Adam: Everything Bill Murray touches is gold. I mean, besides all the movies that came out between Ghostbusters and Rushmore.
Bryan: Sherlock is a TV movie now? What’s it going to be nominated for next year? Best Animated Short?

Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Cordon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Adam: Kinda sad how Colbert went from edgy, biting satire to corny dad jokes that only appeal to CBS’ octogenarian viewers. My vote goes to John Oliver who is doing what Colbert should be doing.
Bryan: I’m surprised Jimmy Fallon hasn’t introduced Russian Roulette into his show yet. Beats having to be a talk show host. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver deserves to win.

Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Saturday Night Live

Adam: Documentary Now is brilliant to that huge segment of the population that went to film school.
Bryan: Saturday Night Live should just do non-live sketches from now on since those are the only ones that are funny.

Reality-Competition Program

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

Adam: I like the show where Gordon Ramsey shouts at people to make himself feel better.
Bryan: They should combine a few of these shows so people don’t have to watch so much crap. How about Dancing With Ninja Warriors?

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Adam: Is this what our world has come to?
Bryan: And the winner for host of reality show is Steve Harvey!……sorry, my mistake folks, it’s actually Heidi Klum.


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