Predicting the unpredictable: Emmys 2017

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Predicting the unpredictable: Emmys 2017

Tori Flick

Tori Flick

Tori Flick

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In just a few short hours, television stars and television viewers alike will be paying attention to the greatest awards of the small screen: the Emmys. There are a total of 25 categories for the awards to be doled out in, and this year boasts a high-level of unpredictability because award-hogging titans “Downton Abbey” and “Game of Thrones” are out of the running. The former due to the show’s end, and the latter due to the latest season airing too late in the year to be eligible.

Here at “The Sentry,” we laugh in the face of the unpredictable and predict them anyway.

These are our predictions for the 2017 Emmy Awards.

  • Outstanding Comedy Series: “Veep”
  • Outstanding Drama Series: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series: “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
  • Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live”
  • Outstanding Limited Series: “FEUD: Bette and Joan”
  • Outstanding Television Movie: “Black Mirror: San Junipero”
  • Outstanding Reality TV Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari – “Master of None”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey- “House of Cards”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman – “Big Little Lies”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton -“Westworld”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgård – “Big Little Lies”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Laura Dern – “Big Little Lies”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: “Atlanta:” “B.A.N.”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: “The Handmaid’s Tale:” “Offred (Pilot)”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: “Drunk History:” “Hamilton”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: “FEUD: Bette and Joan:” “And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963)”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: “Master of None:” “Thanksgiving”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: “The Handmaid’s Tale:” “Offred (Pilot)”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: “Saturday Night Live”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: “Big Little Lies”

According to our predictions, “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be a major winner this year. If this turns out to be the case, it could be a major victory for Hulu, which has lagged behind Netflix in terms of awards and viewership. Expectations have also pegged “Westworld” as HBO’s successor to “Game of Thrones,” but from these predictions, it will fall short with only two Emmys.

One can also see the influence of the latest political happenings in the comedy category. “Saturday Night Live” snagged more Emmy nominations this year than they have in recent years, and this is no doubt due to the political satire that played a huge role in their latest season. The nominations of Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon, both expected winners who were noted for playing prominent political figures, make this more apparent. What’s less clear is whether those voting for the awards will have enough passion of politics to carry them to the win. Our predictions say yes, but no one will know for sure until awards night.

The 2017 Emmy Awards will air on CBS this Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m.

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