Emmy for Best Drama Series: How did 7 nominees do at Creative Arts Emmy Awards?

This year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Series has five new shows — “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld” — vying against returning nominees “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards.” Without reigning two-time champ “Game of Thrones” in contention, this is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races in recent years.

Any of the seven nominees could win. To assess the chances of each, let’s take a look at the results of those 21 races from the Creative Arts Emmy awards where they contended (often against each other). And we preview the half dozen races at the Primetime Emmys in which they are pitted against each other aside from the big one of Best Drama Series.

Best Drama Guest Actor
“This Is Us” (Brian Tyree Henry)
“This Is Us” (Gerald McRaney)
“This Is Us” (Denis O’Hare)

Best Drama Guest Actress
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Alexis Bledel)
“Stranger Things” (Shannon Purser)

Best Casting for a Drama Series
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One-Hour)
“The Crown” (for the episode: “Smoke and Mirrors”)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (for the episode: “Offred”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series/TV Movie
”The Crown” (for the episode: “Wolferton Splash”)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series/TV Movie
“House of Cards” (for the episode: “Chapter 61”)

Best Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
“The Crown” (for the episode: “Hyde Park Corner”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “Contrapasso”)

Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Main Title Design
“The Crown”
 “Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Best Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Six: The Monster”)
“This Is Us” (for the episode: “I Call Marriage”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series/TV Movie
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Main Title Theme Music
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Best Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
“The Crown” (for the episode: “Hyde Park Corner”)
 “House of Cards” (for the episode: “Chapter 63”)

Best Music Supervision
“Better Call Saul” (for the episode: “Sunk Costs”)
 “Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”)

Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
“Better Call Saul” (for the episode: “Chicanery”)
“Better Call Saul” (for the episode: “Witness”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Seven: The Bathtub”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

Best Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
 “The Handmaid’s Tale” (for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Original”)

Best Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More)
“The Crown” (for the episode: “Smoke and Mirrors”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”)

Best Sound Editing for a Series
 “Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”)
“Westworld” for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

Best Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
“Better Call Saul” (for the episode: “Witness”)
“House of Cards” (for the episode: “Chapter 53”)
“Stranger Things” (for the episode: “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”)
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

Best Special Visual Effects
“Westworld” (for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

 Best Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
“The Crown” (for the episode: “Windsor”)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (for the episode: “Birth Day”)

Primetime Emmys

 Best Drama Actor
“Better Call Saul” (Bob Odenkirk)
“House of Cards” (Kevin Spacey)
“This Is Us” (Sterling K. Brown)
 “This Is Us” (Milo Ventmiglia)
“Westworld” (Anthony Hopkins)

Best Drama Actress
 “The Crown” (Claire Foy)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Elizabeth Moss)
“House of Cards” (Robin Wright)
“Westworld” (Evan Rachel wood)

Best Drama Supporting Actor
“Better Call Saul” (Jonathan Banks)
“The Crown” (John Lithgow)
“House of Cards” (Michael Kelly)
“Stranger Things” (David Harbour)
“This Is Us” (Ron Cephas Jones)
“Westworld” (Jeffrey Wright)

Best Drama Supporting Actress
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Ann Dowd)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Samira Wiley)
“Stranger Things” (Millie Bobby Brown)
“This Is Us” (Chrissy Metz)
“Westworld” (Thandie Newton)

Best Drama Directing
“Better Call Saul” (Vince Gilligan for the episode: “Witness”)
“The Crown” (Stephen Daldry for the episode: “Hyde Park Corner”)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Reed Morano for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Kate Dennis for the episode: “The Bridge”)
“Stranger Things” (The Duffer Brothers for the episode: “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”)
“Westworld” (Jonathan Nolan for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

Best Drama Writing
“Better Call Saul” (Gordon Smith for the episode: “Chicanery”)
“The Crown” (Peter Morgan for the episode: “Assassins”)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Bruce Miller for the episode: “Offred” (Pilot)
“Stranger Things” (The Duffer Brothers for the episode: “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”)
“Westworld” (Nolan and Lisa Joy for the episode: “The Bicameral Mind”)

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