Editors’ Emmy slugfest: Which guest stars will be nominated and who’ll be snubbed?

“The Emmys always throw up so many cool surprises,” says editor Rob Licuria in our recent Emmys slugfest (watch below), explaining why the guest actor/actress races are among our favorite categories. “All of us have very similar predictions in these categories, and I reckon half of them will be gone by Emmy nominations morning and then we’ll get some really weird left-field choices. And who doesn’t like a good left-field choice, yeah?”

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I agree with Rob in our new predictions video, admitting, “You think you know what’s going to be nominated, and then when the actual nominations come out you’re like, ‘Whaaaat?!’ This is where some crazy things happen.”

For Best Guest Drama Actress, I’m predicting an early victory for Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) for her motherly role that was “so impactful and memorable.” Rob, however, is going with industry favorite Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex”). “To me, that’s the other no-brainer of this category because she’s obviously a winner, so it’s tried and tested. They love reruns, don’t they?”

As for potential snubs, we agree that maybe one or both of “The Americans” ladies, Margo Martindale and Lois Smith, could be sitting out this year because of the Emmys’ blind spot for the critically acclaimed FX drama.

In the race for Best Guest Drama Actor, we’re both predicting an onslaught of men from “The Good Wife” to be nominated, with David Hyde Pierce at the top of our lists. “I think when he was announced as a guest star a year ago, that’s when people started predicting him to win,” I mention of the four-time Emmy champ for “Frasier.”

Potential snubs could be Sam Shepard (“Bloodline”) and Robert Morse (“Mad Men”), though don’t count out Morse completely because, as Rob says, “They love him, they nominate him every time.”

Moving on to Best Guest Comedy Actress and Best Guest Comedy Actor we’re both in agreement that “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” scene-stealers Tina Fey and Jon Hamm are serious frontrunners to win. I even plead directly to Hamm, “You need to be at the Creative Arts ceremony, because this could be your only chance of winning and people want to see you on the stage.”

As for snubs in the comedy categories, Rita Moreno (“Jane the Virgin”) could be left out in the cold because of the bias against the CW, though Rob is sticking to his guns and predicting the acting legend. And we both agree that Michael Rapaport (“Louie”) gave one of the best performances of the year, but that he’ll have a tough time getting nominated due to the stacked field.

See all of Rob’s Emmy predictions here. See all of mine here. Compare our choices to the overall combined predictions of Gold Derby here.

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