‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ will be the biggest Emmy winners on September 17

Almost 100 Emmy categories were decided on September 9 and September 10 at the Creative Arts Awards, but there are still 27 top races to go, and they will be presented at Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy telecast, hosted by Stephen Colbert on CBS. We’re predicting all 27 races, and if our forecasts are correct, “Big Little Lies,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be the most handsomely awarded programs.

For “Big Little Lies,” we’re projecting a clean sweep of its six categories this weekend: Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Laura Dern), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), Best Movie/Mini Directing (Jean-Marc Vallee), and Best Movie/Mini Writing (David E. Kelley). Combined with the three prizes it won at Creative Arts, that would bring the HBO seven-part series to a grand total of nine. That would actually be the same number of awards as “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won in 2016 and just one more than “Olive Kitteridge” won in 2015.

But “Big Little Lies” might not leave as the most awarded program of 2017. “SNL” may give it a run for its money. We’re forecasting a near sweep of its five races: Best Variety Sketch Series, Best Variety Series Directing, Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate McKinnon), and Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin). The only award we think it will lose is Best Variety Series Writing to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” but we mustn’t rule it out there either given the show’s overwhelming popularity with Emmy voters this year. It won five awards at Creative Arts, so if it wins the four we’re predicting that will also bring it to nine total victories, but if it additionally surprises in the writing category that would give it a remarkable 10 for the year, and 60 total in its more than four decades on the air. No other series on TV even comes close to that total.

Voters will spread the wealth in the rest of the categories, with “The Handmaid’s Tale” expected to nab three prizes: Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Best Drama Writing (“Offred”), and Best Drama Directing (“Offred”), for a total of six for the year. But Hulu’s dystopian drama is actually not the frontrunner for Best Drama Series — that would be Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which isn’t projected to win any other awards Sunday night but would also have six total when you include its five Creative Arts prizes.

“Veep” will take two awards: repeat victories for Best Comedy Series (the show’s third in a row) and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the sixth year in a row). Its chief rival for Best Comedy, “Atlanta,” is also tipped to win two: Best Comedy Actor (Donald Glover) and Best Drama Directing (“B.A.N.”).

“Last Week Tonight” is also forecast to take two awards: the aforementioned prize for Variety Series Writing as well as a repeat victory for Best Variety Talk Series. A number of other programs are expected to take home one prize apiece: “Master of None” (Comedy Writing for “Thanksgiving”), “This is Us” (Drama Actor for Sterling K. Brown), “Westworld” (Drama Supporting Actress for Thandie Newton), “The Crown” (Drama Supporting Actor for John Lithgow), “Black Mirror” (Best TV Movie for “San Junipero”), “The Night Of” (Best Movie/Mini Actor for Riz Ahmed), and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Best Reality Competition Series).

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