2019 Emmys Predictions Scored

At the announcement of the nominees for the 71st Primetime Emmys Awards, I gave my predictions on who would win each of the main categories to be presented on the telecast. This is in spite of the fact that I don’t keep up with current television terribly well, but not on any sort of disinterested ground. I’m just bad at keeping up with things in general. Anyways, no host presided over the thing on Fox, and although it led with the most nominations with 14, the final season of GAME OF THRONES was not the biggest winner. FLEABAG earned that distinction with four wins. Let’s see how often I aligned with the Television Academy on the following 26 categories. I’ll bold the actual winners while marking with an * what I predicted would win.

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • BARRY*
  • FLEABAG
  • THE GOOD PLACE
  • THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • RUSSIAN DOLL
  • SCHITT’S CREEK
  • VEEP

Outstanding Drama Series

  • BETTER CALL SAUL
  • BODYGUARD
  • GAME OF THRONES*
  • KILLING EVE
  • OZARK
  • POSE
  • SUCCESSION
  • THIS IS US

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH
  • FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
  • JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
  • LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
  • THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN
  • THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT*

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS
  • DOCUMENTARY NOW!*
  • DRUNK HISTORY
  • I LOVE YOU, AMERICA WITH SARAH SILVERMAN
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • WHO IS AMERICA?

Outstanding Limited Series

  • CHERNOBYL*
  • ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
  • FOSSE/VERDON
  • SHARP OBJECTS
  • WHEN THEY SEE US

Outstanding Competition Program

  • THE AMAZING RACE
  • AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR
  • NAILED IT!
  • RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE*
  • TOP CHEF
  • THE VOICE

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson on BLACK-ISH
  • Don Cheadle on BLACK MONDAY
  • Ted Danson on THE GOOD PLACE
  • Michael Douglas on THE KOMINSKY METHOD
  • Bill Hader on BARRY*
  • Eugene Levy on SCHITT’S CREEK

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate on DEAD TO ME
  • Rachel Brosnahan on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus on VEEP*
  • Natasha Lyonne on RUSSIAN DOLL
  • Catherine O’Hara on SCHITT’S CREEK
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge on FLEABAG

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman on OZARK
  • Sterling K. Brown on THIS IS US
  • Kit Harington on GAME OF THRONES*
  • Bob Odenkirk on BETTER CALL SAUL
  • Billy Porter on POSE
  • Milo Ventimiglia on THIS IS US

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Emilia Clarke on GAME OF THRONES*
  • Jodie Comer on KILLING EVE
  • Viola Davis on HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
  • Laura Linney on OZARK
  • Mandy Moore on THIS IS US
  • Sandra Oh on KILLING EVE
  • Robin Wright on HOUSE OF CARDS

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Mahershala Ali on TRUE DETECTIVE
  • Benicio del Toro on ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
  • Hugh Grant on A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
  • Jared Harris on CHERNOBYL*
  • Jharrel Jerome on WHEN THEY SEE US
  • Sam Rockwell on FOSSE/VERDON

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Amy Adams on SHARP OBJECTS
  • Patricia Arquette on ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
  • Aunjanue Ellis on WHEN THEY SEE US
  • Joey King on THE ACT
  • Niecy Nash on WHEN THEY SEE US
  • Michelle Williams on FOSSE/VERDON*

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin on THE KOMINSKY METHOD
  • Anthony Carrigan on BARRY
  • Tony Hale on VEEP
  • Stephen Root on BARRY
  • Tony Shalhoub on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • Henry Winkler on BARRY*

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL*
  • Anna Chlumsky on VEEP
  • Sian Clifford on FLEABAG
  • Olivia Colman on FLEABAG
  • Betty Gilpin on GLOW
  • Sarah Goldberg on BARRY
  • Marin Hinkle on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • Kate McKinnon on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Alfie Allen on GAME OF THRONES
  • Jonathan Banks on BETTER CALL SAUL
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on GAME OF THRONES
  • Peter Dinklage on GAME OF THRONES*
  • Giancarlo Esposito on BETTER CALL SAUL
  • Michael Kelly on HOUSE OF CARDS
  • Chris Sullivan on THIS IS US

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Gwendoline Christie on GAME OF THRONES
  • Julia Garner on OZARK
  • Lena Headey on GAME OF THRONES
  • Fiona Shaw on KILLING EVE
  • Sophie Turner on GAME OF THRONES
  • Maisie Williams on GAME OF THRONES*

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Asante Blackk on WHEN THEY SEE US
  • Paul Dano on ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
  • John Leguizamo on WHEN THEY SEE US*
  • Stellan Skarsgård on CHERNOBYL
  • Ben Whishaw on A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
  • Michael K. Williams on WHEN THEY SEE US

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Patricia Arquette on THE ACT
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake on WHEN THEY SEE US
  • Patricia Clarkson on SHARP OBJECTS
  • Vera Farmiga on WHEN THEY SEE US*
  • Margaret Qualley on FOSSE/VERDON
  • Emily Watson on CHERNOBYL

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Alec Berg — “The Audition” (BARRY)
  • Bill Hader — “ronny/lily” (BARRY)*
  • Mark Cendrowski — “The Stockholm Syndrome” (THE BIG BANG THEORY)
  • Harry Bradbeer — “Episode 1” (FLEABAG)
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino — “All Alone” (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL)
  • Daniel Palladino — “We’re Going to the Catskills!” (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • David Nutter — “The Last of the Starks” (GAME OF THRONES)
  • Miguel Sapochnik — “The Long Night” (GAME OF THRONES)
  • David Benioff & D.B. Weiss — “The Iron Throne” (GAME OF THRONES)*
  • Daina Reid — “Holly” (THE HANDMAID’S TALE)
  • Lisa Brühlmann — “Desperate Times” (KILLING EVE)
  • Jason Bateman — “Reparations” (OZARK)
  • Adam McKay — “Celebration” (SUCCESSION)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

  • Alex Buono & Rhys Thomas — “Waiting for the Artist” (DOCUMENTARY NOW!)*
  • Derek Waters — “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?” (DRUNK HISTORY)
  • Paul Pennolino — “Psychics” (LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER)
  • Jim Hoskinson — “Live Midterm Election Show” (THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT)
  • Don Roy King — “Host: Adam Sandler” (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino, and Dan Mazer — “Episode 102” (WHO IS AMERICA?)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

  • Johan Renck — CHERNOBYL
  • Ben Stiller — ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
  • Jessica Yu — “Glory” (FOSSE/VERDON)
  • Thomas Kail — “Who’s Got the Pain” (FOSSE/VERDON)
  • Stephen Frears — A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
  • Ava DuVernay — WHEN THEY SEE US*

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Alec Berg & Bill Hader — “ronny/lily” (BARRY)*
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge — “Episode 1” (FLEABAG)
  • Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle — “Anna Ishii-Peters” (PEN15)
  • Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, & Amy Poehler — “Nothing In This World Is Easy” (RUSSIAN DOLL)
  • Allison Silverman — “A Warm Body” (RUSSIAN DOLL)
  • Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan — “Janet(s)” (THE GOOD PLACE)
  • David Mandel — “Veep” (VEEP)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • Peter Gould & Thomas Schnauz — “Winner” (BETTER CALL SAUL)
  • Jed Mercurio — “Episode 1” (BODYGUARD)
  • David Benioff & D.B. Weiss — “The Iron Throne” (GAME OF THRONES)*
  • Bruce Miller & Kira Snyder — “Holly” (THE HANDMAID’S TALE)
  • Emerald Fennell — “Nice and Neat” (KILLING EVE)
  • Jesse Armstrong — “Nobody Is Ever Missing” (SUCCESSION)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • DOCUMENTARY NOW!*
  • 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

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

  • Craig Mazin — CHERNOBYL*
  • Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin & Jerry Stahl — “Part 6” (ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA)
  • Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin — “Part 7” (ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA)
  • Joel Fields & Steven Levenson — “Providence” (FOSSE/VERDON)
  • Russell T. Davies — A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
  • Ava DuVernay & Michael Starrbury — “Part Four” (WHEN THEY SEE US)

Well, I got eight out of 26. That’s a failing grade, y’all. Better luck next year!

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