2017 Emmy predictions slugfest in all 27 races: Our frenzied editors panic over last-minute switches to ‘The Night Of,’ ‘Stranger Things’ … [WATCH]

Sunday, September 17 on CBS, 27 categories will be presented at the 69th Emmy Awards. Do YOU know which shows and stars will win? Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery recently got together to battle over every single one of these races. What categories do we think are locks? And which last-minute switches are causing us the most panic following Creative Arts weekend? Watch our 2017 Emmy predictions slugfest above, or listen to the audio podcast version down below.

Among his many last-minute changes, Beachum admits that he is now picking Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”) to win Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. “All summer I’ve been saying in my mind, it won’t be him, it can’t be him,” reveals Beachum. “That can’t be a reason to me in terms of my picks. He way overwhelming had the support on our own Gold Derby Awards. But then I started thinking about it, and there’s no reason why ‘Big Little Lies’ couldn’t get three acting awards, and he doesn’t even have the vote-splitting weighing him down here like some of the other people that we’re talking about.”

While most prognosticators are predicting either “Big Little Lies” or “Feud: Bette and Joan” for Best Limited Series, Dixon is instead going rogue for “The Night Of.” Dixon defends his pick by saying, “‘The Night Of’ is very, very important culturally to what’s happening today. ‘Big Little Lies’ is not. ‘Feud’ kind of is with the women empowerment issue that’s going on, particularly after Hillary Clinton lost. Also you have two female-skewing shows [that] could cancel out the ‘woman vote,’ if there is one.”

SEE 2017 Creative Arts Emmys Winners List

Following “Stranger Things” winning five trophies at the Creative Arts, Montgomery now believes this series frontrunner will also take the trophy for Best Drama Writing. As Montgomery explains, “It’s not the most obviously writer-driven kind of show. But then I look back at last year. Does anybody remember ‘Battle of the Bastards’ [‘Game of Thrones’] for the sparkling wit and dialogue? It still won Best Writing, and think it’s because if that branch of the academy just likes you, they just like you. And so I’m going kind of all-in on ‘Stranger Things’ in these two categories.”

See all of Beachum’s Emmy predictions right here, Dixon’s right here, and Montgomery’s right here. See how they compare to the official Gold Derby odds in all 27 categories right here.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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