“Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” will dominate this weekend’s Emmy Awards according to the combined odds of the Expert TV journalists we’ve polled, Gold Derby’s Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Emmy winners and all Users who make up the largest and often savviest bloc of predictors. (Click here for our complete Emmy predictions by category.)
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” is expected to have the biggest haul on Sunday. It reaped 13 nominations across six categories and we’re predicting it will win all those races: Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Best Movie/Mini Actress (Sarah Paulson), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown), Best Movie/Mini Writing and Best Movie/Mini Directing. When you combine those with its four wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, that brings its total for the year to 10. And that would make it one of the most awarded miniseries in Emmy history, just behind “John Adams” (13), “Eleanor and Franklin” (11) and “Angels in America” (11).
But “Game of Thrones” is expected to have the best Emmy total overall. It’s the favorite to win all five of its bids this Sunday: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Supporting Actor (Kit Harington), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey), Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing. As it already won a record nine Creative Arts Awards last weekend, that would bring its total to 14. That would not only break its own record for the most series victories in a single year, it would best “John Adams” as the most awarded program of any kind in a single year. And that would bring “Thrones’s” all-time haul to 40 awards, more than any other primetime series in history. Then it would only trail late-night sketch comedy “Saturday Night Live” (49 and counting) as the most awarded program in history.
We’re expecting another sweep in the comedy field, with “Veep” all but certain to dominate with five wins: Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Tony Hale), Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing. The only award “Veep” is expected to lose is Best Comedy Supporting Actress for Anna Chlumsky, who trails Allison Janney (“Mom”) in our predictions.
Expected winners in other top program awards include “Inside Amy Schumer” (Best Variety Sketch Series for the second time), “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Best Variety Talk Series for the first time), “The Voice” (Best Reality-Competition Series for the third time) and “All the Way” (Best TV Movie). See our complete list of predicted winners by program below.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Best Limited Series
Best Movie/Mini Actor (Courtney B. Vance)
Best Movie/Mini Actress (Sarah Paulson)
Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown)
Best Movie/Mini Writing (“From the Ashes of Tragedy”)
Best Movie/Mini Directing (“From the Ashes of Tragedy”)
“Game of Thrones”
Best Drama Series
Best Drama Supporting Actor (Kit Harington)
Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey)
Best Drama Writing (“Battle of the Bastards”)
Best Drama Directing (“Battle of the Bastards”)
Best Comedy Series
Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Tony Hale)
Best Comedy Writing (“Mother”)
Best Comedy Directing (“Mother”)
“All the Way”
Best TV Movie
“Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo”
Best Variety Special Writing
Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Jean Smart)
Best Variety Special Directing
“How to Get Away with Murder”
Best Drama Actress (Viola Davis)
“Inside Amy Schumer”
Best Variety Sketch Series
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Best Variety Talk Series
Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Allison Janney)
Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek)
Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor)
Best Reality-Competition Series
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