2019 Emmy predictions: Who will win vs. who should win

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: View of the 71st Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement at Saban Media Center on July 16, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: View of the 71st Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement at Saban Media Center on July 16, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

Are you ready for the Emmy’s? Television’s biggest night will hand out their golden statuettes this weekend.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday, September 22, on FOX. You’ll see glitz and glamour! But what you will not see is a host.

Although it will go on without a host, the Primetime Emmy Awards are coming at you this Sunday on FOX.

It feels like it’s been forever since the Emmy nominations were announced over nine weeks ago. So, if you need a refresher of nominees, read them here.

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Once again, Game of Thrones has garnered the most nominations with 32 and broke the record for nominations. The last season of the fantasy juggernaut already won 10 Emmys this year.

While I think there were still a ton of snubs this year – for Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Julia Roberts, Richard Madden, and GLOW, to name a few – there are still plenty of great people and shows nominated. Many of the races are close. There is the potential for a bunch of upsets.

It should be interesting!

Here are my picks for who I think should win, and who probably will win.

The 71st Primetime Emmys are Sunday, September 22, on FOX.

Comedy Series

Emmy loves the new guy, so don’t be surprised with a win by newbies Fleabag or Russian Doll. She also loves giving a final nod to a beloved series, like Veep. Still, I think this one is pretty straightforward. But, I’ll say it again for the people in the back: The Good Place is one of the best and most inventive shows on television.

Will win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Should win: The Good Place

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Comedy Actor

For me, this one is easy. Bill Hader is phenomenal on season 2 of Barry. He proves that is so much more than sketch comedy and that he can play a character with dozens of dimensions. Ted Danson for The Good Place is a close second.

Will win: Bill Hader
Should win: Bill Hader

Comedy Actress

I would love to see Christina Applegate win this one for Dead to Me because it’s the best she’s been, maybe ever. But Emmy loves Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep and has awarded her this category for each season. So, I’m going with the odds here.

Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Should win: Christina Applegate

Comedy Supporting Actor

This is one of the strongest categories of the year with all six very deserving. For me, the Barry guys, Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, and Anthony Carrigan have the edge. But I’d love to see Carrigan take it home because he literally makes me laugh out loud when he’s on-screen.

Will win: Tony Shalhoub
Should win: Anthony Carrigan

Comedy Supporting Actress

Huge category this year with eight nominees. Again, this one could go to anyone because there are more to choose from. I’m giving the edge to the reigning Best Oscar winner for Fleabag. But I would love to see Betty Gilpin win because GLOW deserves more recognition than it got.

Will win: Olivia Colman
Should win: Betty Gilpin

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Drama Series

If Game of Thrones doesn’t win, I’ll be stunned. It’s got a good chance, too. It already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys.

Will win: Game of Thrones
Should win: Game of Thrones

Drama Actor

I’d love to see Kit Harington win because he really stepped into the leading man role on Game of Thrones. Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown also had strong seasons on This is Us. But newcomer Billy Porter from Pose could bring it home because it wouldn’t be an Emmy’s without someone from a Ryan Murphy show winning one! (Not that he doesn’t deserve it!)

Will win: Billy Porter
Should win: Sterling K. Brown

Drama Actress

Again, I’d love to see Emilia Clarke win because her reaction to Missandei’s death on Game of Thrones was pure perfection alone. But the Killing Eve ladies, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are favorites. But they could split the vote and leave an opening for someone else.

Will win: Sandra Oh or Jodie Comer
Should win: Emilia Clarke

Drama Supporting Actor

Another very strong category, but I have to give it to the Thrones’ guys here. Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were their best yet. Emmys can tie, right?

Will win: Peter Dinklage
Should win: Peter Dinklage or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Drama Supporting Actress

Another category with a ton of Thrones recognition. I’d be surprised if one of Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, or Gwendoline Christie didn’t win. But if they split the vote, Julia Garner from Ozark could come away with the win.

Will win: Lena Headey
Should win: Maisie Williams…she killed the Night King for God’s sake!

Limited Series

Many of these series gained a ton of buzz and I loved Sharp Objects. But from what I’m hearing, it’s a two-way race between When They See Us and Chernobyl.

Will win: When They See Us
Should win: Sharp Objects

Limited Series Actor

Again, there is a lot of buzz around Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us) and Jared Harris (Chernobyl) so it’s a toss-up. I’d love to see Hugh Grand win for A Very English Scandal, though.

Will win: Jared Harris
Should win: Hugh Grant

Limited Series Actress

I’m thinking Patricia Arquette could pull the win for Escape At Dannemora from Joey King, her costar in The Act. It could be a double-win night for her.

Will win: Patricia Arquette
Should win: Amy Adams

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Limited Series Supporting Actor

Ben Whishaw won the Golden Globe for A Very English Scandal, but Stellan Skarsgard may take the Emmy here for Chernobyl. I loved Michael Kenneth Williams in When They See Us.

Will win: Ben Whishaw
Should win: Michael Kenneth Williams

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Limited Series Supporting Actress

This is another two-way race between the Patricias: Clarkson for Sharp Objects and Arquette for The Act.

Will win: Giving the edge to Clarkson since she’s won everything else for this role.
Should win: Patricia Clarkson