2017 Emmy predictions: Who will win and who should win

Who will come out on top at the Emmys?

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, airs this Sunday on CBS, and there’s a very good chance, there will be several newly minted Emmy winners.

With back-to-back Emmy winner Game of Thrones missing from the action this year (more on why here), it’s an open race for the top drama prize for the first time in two years.

Could This Is Us make history by being the first broadcast drama in over a decade to win (since 2006’s 24) or will genre phenom Stranger Things steal the show? On the comedy side, will two-time series winner Veep -- ending its storied run in 2018 -- march toward its swan song with another Emmy statuette?

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With less than 48 hours to go, ET predicted who will win (and who should win) on television’s biggest night.

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Emmy Awards 2017: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress Nominees
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Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. on Black-ish (Episode: "Lemons") (ABC)

Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah on Master of None (Episode: "The Dinner Party") (Netflix)

Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets and Dale Baskets on Baskets(Episode: "Freaks") (FX)

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless (Episode: "You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?") (Showtime)

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (Episode: "Elizah") (Amazon)

Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta (Episode: "The Big Bang") (FX)

Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox on Better Things (Episode: "Future Fever") (FX)

Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson on Grace and Frankie (Episode: "The Pot") (Netflix)

Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom (Episode: "Tush Push and Some Radishes") (CBS)

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(Episode: "Kimmy Goes to College!") (Netflix)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep (Episode: "Groundbreaking") (HBO)

Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson on Black-ish(Episode: "Being Bow-racial") (ABC)

Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie (Episode: "The Burglary") (Netflix)

Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us (Episode: "Memphis") (NBC)

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld (Episode: "Trompe L'Oeil") (HBO)

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul (Episode: "Expenses") (AMC)

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings on The Americans (Episode: "Crossbreed") (FX)

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan on Ray Donovan (Episode: "Rattus Rattus") (Showtime)

Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood on House of Cards(Episode: "Chapter 53") (Netflix)

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson on This Is Us (Episode: "Moonshadow") (NBC)

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder(Episode: "Wes") (ABC)

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown (Episode: "Assassins") (Netflix)

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred on The Handmaid's Tale(Episode: "Night") (Hulu)

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans (Episode: "Dyatkovo") (FX)

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy on Westworld (Episode: "The Bicameral Mind") (HBO)

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on House of Cards (Episode: "Chapter 65") (Netflix)

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Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Should Win: This Is Us and Stranger Things
Will Win: The Handmaid’s Tale
 
With five rookie drama series crashing the category and the absence of Game of Thrones, it could come to a last-minute hail Mary in predicting who will be victorious. We’re betting on Hulu’s critical favorite, the very timely Handmaid’s Tale, to rise above the pack, but don’t count out the uber popular genre fave, Stranger Things, and heartfelt family series, This Is Us, to pull off the upset -- the latter of which would be the first broadcast drama to win in 11 years.
 
Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Should Win: Atlanta
Will Win: Veep
 
Veep may be ending with a seventh and final season next year, but the two-time comedy series winner isn’t done collecting its Emmy hardware. We’re predicting the awards favorite will take home the top comedy prize for a third straight year, though we wouldn’t be surprised if Donald Glover’s FX series, Atlanta, or Aziz Ansari’s rule-bending Netflix comedy, Master of None, steal the spotlight.

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Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

Should Win:The Night Of
Will Win:Big Little Lies

It’s hard to bet against Big Little Lies on Emmy night (after all, we’re crossing our fingers and toes for a second season!), but HBO’s other critically hailed series, The Night Of, which features career-defining performances by Riz Ahmed and John Turturro, could be a potential spoiler. But with a category this stacked, can you really go wrong with any of them?

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Vintage Emmy Awards looks (1950 - 1980)
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UNITED STATES - MARCH 16: March 16, 1957, California, Burbank, NBC Studios, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at TVs Emmy Awards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALFORNIA - MARCH 7, 1955: Actress Lucille Ball and husband actor Desi Arnaz attend the TV Emmy Award show in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Dinah Shore with her Emmy EXM-N-12330-024~3 (Photo by USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 16,1957: Actress Loretta Young attends the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Actress Loretta Young attends the 7th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Actress Ann Sothern attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 16,1957: Actress Nanette Fabray during the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7,1955: Virginia Mayo attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7,1955: Virginia Mayo attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1951: Elizabeth Montgomery attends the Day Time Emmy Awards dinner in Los Angeles,CA.\ (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Maila Nurmi aka Vampira attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: March 7, 1955, California, Hollywood, The Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Lucille Ball at TVs Emmy Awards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 17.1956: Actress Loretta Young attends the 8th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Dinah Shore poses for a portrait backstage with an Emmy on April 15, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 15: Dancer, actor and singer Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) and actress Kim Novak at the 11th annual Emmy Awards on April 15, 1958 at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Photographer Earl Leaf is in the background. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
1961: Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr and American actor Barbara Stanwyck smile while holding Emmy Awards backstage. Burr won Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) for 'Perry Mason', Stanwyck won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) for 'The Barbara Stanwyck Show.' (Photo by Bruce Bailey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actor Dick van Dyke and his wife are shown as they arrived at the theatre for the TV Emmy Awards presentations tonight.
NEW YORK - MAY 26: Carol Burnett poses with her Emmy award at the 15th Primetime Emmy Awards the New York broadcast from the Americana Hotel. Carol Burnett won the Emmy for her Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program, in the CBS television specials: Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall; and in An Evening with Carol Burnett. Image dated: May 26, 1963. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 18: THE BIG VALLEY - 'Gallery' 1966 Barbara Stanwyck, Emmy Award (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
American actress Barbara Feldon (right) at the 18th Emmy Awards, at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, 22nd May 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actress and ventriloquist Shari Lewis poses for a portrait at the Emmy's in circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 6/4/1967 Lee Radziwill (L) and Truman Capote pose for the camera at the Emmy Awards. Capote won his Emmy in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievements for 'A Christmas Memory.'
20TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Aired 05/19/1968 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Elizabeth Montgomery and Jackie Cooper (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
May 1968: Married American actors John Derek and Linda Evans sit together in close proximity during an Emmy Awards ceremony. Evans wears her long blonde hair in a bouffant at the back. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Joey Heatherton and Lloyd Bridges during Joey Heatherton, Maureen Stapleton and Lloyd Bridges sighted at the Emmy Awards - September 1, 1968 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
1968: American actor Lucille Ball sits at a dinner table with her second husband Gary Morton (L) during the Emmy Awards after-party, Los Angeles, California. She wears a long feather boa, and holds a cigarette. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
8th June 1969: Civic rights leader Coretta Scott King, wearing an evening gown, smiles at an Emmy Awards ceremony, New York City. King presented awards in the news category, one of which went to TV coverage of her husband Dr Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination. (Photo by Tim Boxer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 7: Florence Henderson attends 22nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 7, 1970 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Sandy Duncan attending 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Singer Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters attends the 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971 at Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS - 1972-73In 1973, Mary Fickett became the first daytime soap actor to receive an Emmy for her role as Ruth Martin on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. Ms. Fickett's award, given for Outstanding Achievement by Individuals in a Daytime Drama Series, was presented during the primetime ceremony held in Los Angeles. Fickett was the only actor up for the award. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Actress Julie Andrews holding her Emmy Award, London, June 6th 1973. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 28: Actress Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in 'The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman' on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mary Tyler Moore and her weekly comedy series won five Emmy's at the 28th Annual Television Academy Awards May 17 to top all other shows for the 1975-76 season. Show regulars (left to right) Edward Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight. All won their Emmy's for their roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show except Asner, who won his for his performance in Rich Man, Poor Man.
Actress Brenda Dickson attends 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 11, 1977 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Monique van Vooren attends 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on April 30, 1978 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 30: Actress Barbara Feldon attends the 21st International Emmy Awards on April 30, 1978 at Grand Ballroom at NY Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Lindsay Wagner attends at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1978 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Blanche Baker after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for the mini sesries 'Holocaust' at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1978 atPasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
Actress Lisa Peluso attends Sixth Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 17, 1979 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Donna Pescow attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Bonnie Franklin attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Ron Howard and wife Cheryl Howard attend 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Mariette Hartley attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Kristy McNichol attends the 1979 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 8, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor John Schneider and girlfriend actress Melinda Naud attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Loni Anderson and actor Tim Conway attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Loni Anderson attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Stockard Channing attends 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor Henry Winkler and wife Stacey Weitzman attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
David Ladd and Cheryl Ladd during 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Laurette Spang and John McCook attend 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore during 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Charlene Tilton attends the Fifth Annual Emmy Awards Banquet Honoring the Creative Arts in Television on September 8, 1979 at the Exhibition Hall, The Pasadena Center in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - CIRCA 1979: Charlene Tilton attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium circa 1979 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Actress Judith Light attending Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studios in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Actress Melissa Michaelsen attends the Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studio 811 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes attends the Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studio 811 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci during 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at NBC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci and Francesca James during 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at NBC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Outstanding TV Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Should Win:Black Mirror
Will Win: The Wizard of Lies
 
Never underestimate the power of Robert De Niro, who played Bernie Madoff in the HBO movie. His star power will likely fuel The Wizard of Lies to an Emmy win, but it would be a pleasant surprise to see a sleeper hit like Black Mirror get recognition on TV’s biggest stage.
 
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
Should Win: Claire Foy, The Crown
Will Win: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
 

Our pick is Elisabeth Moss, whose portrayal of Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale is both heartfelt and impassioned. Previously nominated six times, it’s about time the former Mad Men star got her Emmy due, though The Crown’s Claire Foy was absolutely flawless as Queen Elizabeth.

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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
Should Win: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Will Win: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
 
A first-time winner last year for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Sterling K. Brown is the clear frontrunner to collect his second Emmy in back-to-back years, this time for his unflinchingly raw performance as adoptee Randall Pearson on This Is Us. Though his co-star (and TV dad), Milo Ventimiglia, could take away some votes, Brown is the one to beat.
 
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
Should Win: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
 
Could this be the year Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s won five years in a row, will be upset? Though we’d like to see another one of these deserving funny ladies win the best comedy actress Emmy, we just don’t think it’ll happen.
 
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
Should Win: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Will Win: Donald Glover, Atlanta
 
Fresh off his Golden Globe win in January, Atlanta mastermind Donald Glover has been on a momentum swing and what better way to cap off a stellar year (don’t forget, he’s starring in the anticipated Han Solo film) than an Emmy? Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has been the prohibitive favorite several years running, but it’s time for the comedy baton to be passed on.

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Leeza Gibbons arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Leeza Gibbons arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Debra Messing (dress by Michael Kors), from the TV show 'Will and Grace,' arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Paula Abdul (dress by Nicole Bakti) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kim Cattrall (dress by Herve Leger), from the TV show 'Sex in the City,' arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Elisha Cuthbert (dress by Richard Tyler) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ellen DeGeneres and companion Alexandra Hedison arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cynthia Nixon (from the TV show 'Sex and the City') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Sean Hays (from the TV show 'Will and Grace') and date arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
'Extra' correspondent Dayna Devon arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
'Entertainment Tonight' host Mary Hart arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jane Kaczmeric (from the TV show 'Malcolm in the Middle') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Angela Bassett arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jane Kaczmeric (from the TV show 'Malcolm in the Middle') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Leslie Hope arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jill Hennesey arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Janel Maloney (dress by Bill Blass), from the TV show 'The West Wing,' arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Marg Helgenberger (from the TV show 'CSI') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Patricia Heaton during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Anjelica Huston arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kristin Davis (from the TV show 'Sex and the City') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ozzy Osbourne with daughter Kelly and son Jack arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Laura Linney arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Carson Daly during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Megan Mulalley (from the TV show 'Will and Grace') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cloris Leachman arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jeri Ryan (dress by Elie Saab) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner (from the TV show 'Alias') arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mindy Burbano (dress by Claire Mezrahi) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Amy Yasbeck arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dule Hill (from the TV show 'The West Wing') and Nicole Hill arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Laura Harding (dress by Escada) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
'Access Hollywood' host Nancy O'Dell (dress by Pamela Denis) arriving at the 54th Annual Prime Time Emmys. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
David Hyde Pierce during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Donnie Wahlberg and his wife Kim during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Kathryn Hahn during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV 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
Should Win: Carrie Coon, Fargo
Will Win: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
 
Who can deny Nicole Kidman an Emmy? The Oscar winner is going up against her Big Little Lies pal, Reese Witherspoon, but it was her turn as the painfully torn former lawyer-turned-stay at home mom Celeste, whose husband is secretly abusing her, that brought chills. This category is an impressive tour de force of living legends and critics’ favorites enjoying the TV ride, so any one of them would be a praiseworthy champ.     
 
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of
Should Win: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Will Win: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
 
Ewan McGregor pulled double duty on Fargo playing brothers on opposite ends in life, and for that, we think he’s a serious contender for the Emmy. But The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed, whose sympathetic performance as the imprisoned Naz, was heartbreakingly raw and award-worthy.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Should Win: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Will Win: Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
 
You can’t script this Chrissy Metz’s unbelievable rise any better. From having 81 cents in her bank account to becoming one of TV’s sweethearts on the most beloved dramas, Metz’s real-life story coupled with her This Is Us character, Kate’s, daily struggles with her weight, is reason enough to root for the 36-year-old actress to take home her first Emmy.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Should Win: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Will Win: John Lithgow, The Crown
 
This Is Us standout Ron Cephas Jones broke America’s collective hearts in the soulfully devastating episode, “Memphis.” If we were voting with our hearts, it’d be Jones all the way, but it’s tough to deny John Lithgow’s remarkable transformation into Winston Churchill in The Crown.
 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Should Win: Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Will Win: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
 
This is Kate McKinnon’s to lose. After pulling off a surprise win last year, the Saturday NightLive star had several memorable moments this season -- but it’ll be her performance as Hillary Clinton (remember her heart-wrenching rendition of “Hallelujah” in character?) that’ll give her the ultimate lift.

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Scott Foley & Jennifer Garner arrive for the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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396787 50: E! Entertainment talk show host Aisha Tyler attends the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at The Shubert Theater November 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
396787 51: Actors Tyne Daly and Dennis Franz attend the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at The Shubert Theater November 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences official Chris Keyser arrives for the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Marg Helgenberger arrives for the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee Allison Janney arrives for the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Janney won the award for her role in NBC's 'The West Wing.' during the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep
Should Win: Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Will Win: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live  

It’s difficult to argue against Alec Baldwin, whose impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live was timely and headline-making (he also plans on reprising the character, pending his availability, in season 43). We were crossing our fingers for Kimmy Schmidt standout Tituss Burgess to get over the hump last year; perhaps this could be his year.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Should Win: Regina King, American Crime  
Will Win: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
 
We’re here for the Laura Dern-aissance! Not only did she have a memorable run in the Twin Peaks revival, Dern -- who’s never won an Emmy in five previous tries -- was a literal highlight on Big Little Lies as Renata, a fierce career woman and anti-bullying advocate. Could Dern’s co-star Shailene Woodley earn her first Emmy or American Crime’s Regina King win her third straight? Nothing would surprise us!
 
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael K. Williams, The Night Of
Should Win: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
 
The True Blood alum turned heads as Nicole Kidman’s abusive husband, Perry, in Big Little Lies, and we believe he’ll be handsomely rewarded for his disturbing (and tragic) arc.
 
Who do you think will win big at the Emmys? Tell us who your picks are in the comments below and on Twitter at @etnow!
 
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, airs live coast-to-coast Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 

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