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Emmy predictions and coverage! This battle-ramma makes the Oscars look dullsville!
LOS ANGELES — It’s going to be a bloodbath; albeit a golden one! (Yes, we’re looking at you Feud: Bette and Joan and Big Little Lies!)
The ironically incomparable talent-mom recognized and those lucky few who will be crowned the best of the best at this year’s 69th Annual Emmy Awards have critics, pundits and fans battling with each other regarding the odds their faves will win the most coveted statuette in the medium. It’s beginning to look like one of Game of
Thrones’ signature, epic massacres or weddings — except there are no spoilers or leaks here.
The Oscars only wish they had this problem.
Yes, there were a few major omissions (there always are, especially with TV’s fruitful abundance) but given the market saturation of almostperfect narrative and acting offerings; for the most part, the Academy of Arts and Sciences (ATAS) did an admirable job modernizing the process without compromising it (take note, Daytime Emmys). Kudos to ATAS for expanding and redefining categories/ murky areas, diversifying voting and voters, and allowing a much larger ballot. (Even though it’s becoming a tad ridiculous; the streaming world needs to figure out their own academy). There are no controversial electoral colleges in this race!
In fact, the drama category saw the largest number of submissions (180). Coming in second? Best Lead Dramatic Actor boasted 140 confident possible nominees. Best Lead Dramatic Actress clocked in with 113 submissions. Yep,
With the landscape changing mainly due to bolder, more creative risks, blossoming diversity and mercurial technological advances, this year’s nominations are truly emblematic of what we are experiencing right now: Peak TV — as critics have unimaginably dubbed this ‘third’ recent renaissance of TV (and mostly streaming) in recent memory.
For the first time in a while, the cable and network worlds equally shared the top wealth: Westworld
and Saturday Night
Live tied for the most nominations, scoring 22 each. GoldDerby.com’s managing editor Chris Beachum tells 24 Hours he’s as psyched as anyone this year — mainly because the best actors in the world are literally competing this year: “We’ve seen film stars crossing over into television for several years, but now it’s an avalanche of talent. For this year’s Emmy Awards, Oscar winners alone that are nominees include Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon ( Big Little Lies), Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette and Joan), Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies), Geoffrey Rush (Genius), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), and Kevin Big Little Lies Spacey (House of Cards). The Movie/Miniseries Actress race featuring Kidman, Witherspoon, Lange, and Sarandon is particularly fascinating because it also features past Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman (American Crime) and one of the hottest stars, Carrie Coon (Fargo).”
Hosted by Emmy winner and nominee — and arguably the most popular and bravest late-night TV host right now — Stephen Colbert, the Prime Time Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EST — and Postmedia Network will be there on the red carpet and in the press room to bring you all the scoop and talk to our Canadian influences from the kudofest.
Here are our predictions for the top Emmy races:
• 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’sTale is all the rage in Hollywood. Postmedia Network spoke with several voters, and the consensus is this perfectly-timed modern yet dystopian tale is the most important one being told right now on TV. Industry insider Chelsea Handler told us, “It’s the best show on TV, hands down; no one I talk to can stop talking about it!”
Who Will Win: Tale creator Margaret Atwood will be forgetting about her recent Toronto condo woes (Google it) when she accepts her first Emmy. Hopefully she’ll mention The Six and “long live The Islands” in her speech.
Upset: The Crown resonates with the Academy more because members are typically a bit older and appreciate in-depth historic dramas with a focus on iconic biographies like O.J. Simpson — and this is as close to Emmy bait as you can get.
• Atlanta (FX) • Black-ish (ABC) • Master of None (Netflix) • Modern Family (ABC) • Silicon Valley (HBO) • Unbreakable Kimmy
Schmidt (Netflix) • Veep (HBO)
Who Should Win: Master of None is a work of art — whatever category it is in or even medium it aired on. In fact, season two of Aziz Ansari’s soulful offering was simply a masterpiece; but the Emmys might be too bourgeoisie to notice the genrebreaking effort involved here.
Who Will Win: Black-ish
is the best network TV comedy series. This past season, they targeted every uncomfortable hot topic they could find and somehow made us laugh. In many ways, blackish has become today’s All in the Family.
Upset: While the fine folks at Goldderby.com are vowing Atlanta will triumph here; normally, ATAS rarely honours freshman shows. But it is definitely a possibility. Hey, it happened at the Golden Globes but they love fresh meat. The Emmys make you work before honouring you!
For more Emmy predictions, heads to www.toronto24hours.ca
Master of None Feud: Bette and Joan