2017 Creative Arts Emmy predictions: Complete racetrack odds in 24 categories

The Emmy Awards are so big you need three ceremonies to fit them all. The most widely publicized categories like Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series will be handed out during the primetime telecast that will air live on CBS on September 17, but the lion’s share of trophies will be handed out during two Creative Arts ceremonies this weekend on September 9 and 10. Scroll down for our racetrack odds in 24 Creative Arts categories, based on the combined predictions of hundreds of savvy Gold Derby users.

The Creative Arts Emmys honor the best craftspeople in the TV industry, including cinematographers, makeup artists, costume designers, editors, composers, choreographers, and much more. They will also celebrate outstanding achievements in nonfiction, documentary, reality, short form, animated, and interactive programming.

Some of the highest-profile races being decided this weekend also include guest acting prizes for dramas and comedies, which could potentially bring long overdue first wins to Gerald McRaney (“This is Us”) and Hugh Laurie (“Veep”), as well as a posthumous prize for Carrie Fisher (“Catastrophe”), and kudos to “Gilmore Girls” alum Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). We’ll also get a preview of next Sunday’s Variety Series contest as Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, and James Corden vie for their respective variety specials. And will RuPaul Charles repeat as Best Reality Host for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” after his upset victory in 2016?

Our Creative Arts predictions are below ranked in order of their odds. Projected winners are in gold. Do you agree with these picks? There’s still time to make your predictions: visit our predictions center right here before prizes are handed out this weekend.

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — 9/5
Ann Dowd, “The Leftovers” — 12/5
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black” — 13/5
Alison Wright, “The Americans” — 27/10
Shannon Purser, “Stranger Things” — 10/3
Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder” — 10/3

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Gerald McRaney, “This is Us” — 5/4
BD Wong, “Mr. Robot” — 13/5
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” — 3/1
Hank Azaria, “Ray Donovan” — 10/3
Denis O’Hare, “This is Us” — 10/3
Brian Tyree Henre, “This is Us” — 10/3

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” — 10/9
Carrie Fisher, “Catastrophe” — 27/10
Angela Bassett, “Master of None” — 10/3
Becky Ann Baker, “Girls” — 10/3
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live” — 10/3
Wanda Sykes, “Black-ish” — 10/3

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Hugh Laurie, “Veep” — 6/5
Tom Hanks, “Saturday Night Live” — 3/1
Matthew Rhys, “Girls” — 10/3
Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live” — 10/3
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Saturday Night Live” — 10/3
Riz Ahmed, “Girls” — 10/3

BEST REALITY HOST
RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — 10/9
Gordon Ramsay, “Masterchef Junior” — 27/10
Alec Baldwin, “Match Game” — 3/1
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” — 10/3
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” — 10/3
W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades of America” — 10/3

BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
“Hairspray Live” — 9/5
“70th Annual Tony Awards” — 2/1
“The Oscars” — 12/5
“Superbow LI Halftime Show” — 10/3

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL
“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night” — 3/2
“Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” — 12/5
“Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017” — 5/2
“Louis C.K.: 2017” — 10/3
“Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust” — 10/3

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
“The Oscars” — 1/1
“Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” — 3/1
“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night” — 10/3
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — 10/3

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING
“Louis C.K.: 2017” — 17/10
“Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” — 2/1
“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night” — 13/5
“70th Annual Tony Awards” — 10/3
“Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust” — 10/3

BEST ANIMATED PROGRAM
“Archer” — 10/9
“Bob’s Burgers” — 11/4
“The Simpsons” — 10/3
“South Park” — 10/3
“Elena of Avalor” — 10/3

BEST SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
“Adventure Time” — 7/5
“Steven Universe” — 12/5
“Rocket and Groot” — 27/10
“Mickey Mouse” — 10/3
“Teen Titans Go” — 7/2

BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Kevin Kline, “Bob’s Burgers” — 8/5
Kristen Schaal, “Bojack Horseman” — 9/4
Nancy Cartwright, “The Simpsons” — 27/10
Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy” — 10/3
Dee Bradley Baker, “American Dad” — 10/3
Mo Collins, “F is for Family” — 10/3

BEST NARRATOR
Meryl Streep, “Five Came Back” — 1/1
Liev Schreiber, “Muhammad Ali: Only One” — 3/1
Laurence Fishburne, “Year Million” — 10/3
Ewan McGregor, “Wild Scotland” — 10/3
Sam Neill, “Wild New Zealand” — 10/3
Liev Schreiber, “UConn: The March to Madness” — 10/3

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
“Shark Tank” — 5/4
“Who Do You Think You Are” — 5/2
“Lip Sync Battle” — 3/1
“Antiques Roadshow” — 10/3
“Fixer Upper” — 10/3
“Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” — 10/3

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
“United Shades of America” — 13/10
“Born This Way” — 5/2
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” — 3/1
“Gaycation with Ellen Page” — 10/3
“Deadliest Catch” — 10/3
“Intervention” — 10/3

BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
“Planet Earth II” — 6/5
“The Keepers” — 23/10
“American Masters” — 10/3
“30 for 30” — 10/3
“Chef’s Table” — 10/3

BEST DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL
“13th” — 11/10
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” — 13/5
“Amanda Knox” — 10/3
“L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later” — 10/3
“A House Divided” — 10/3

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
“O.J.: Made in America” — 1/1
“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” — 3/1
“The White Helmets” — 10/3
“LA 92” — 10/3
“Oklahoma City” — 7/2

BEST INFORMATIONAL SERIES OR SPECIAL
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” — 13/10
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” — 9/4
“Vice” — 10/3
“Inside the Actors Studio” — 10/3
“StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson” — 10/3

BEST MAIN TITLE DESIGN
“Feud: Bette and Joan” — 13/8
“Westworld” — 15/8
“Stranger Things” — 3/1
“American Gods” — 10/3
“The Crown” — 10/3

BEST MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
“Stranger Things” — 5/4
“Westworld” — 23/10
“Feud: Bette and Joan” — 10/3
“Genius” — 10/3
“Victoria” — 10/3
“The Good Fight” — 10/3

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES
“The Crown” — 13/8
“Planet Earth II” — 7/4
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” — 10/3
“House of Cards”‘ — 10/3
“Taboo” — 10/3
“Victoria” — 10/3

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MOVIE/MINISERIES
“Feud: Bette and Joan” — 1/1
“Fargo” — 3/1
“O.J.: Made in America” — 10/3
“Five Came Back” — 10/3
“Suite Francaise” — 10/3
“The White Helmets” — 7/2

BEST MUSIC AND LYRICS
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (“Hell No”) — 3/2
“13th” (“Letter to the Free”) — 23/10
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (“We Tapped That Ass”) — 13/5
“Saturday Night Live” (“Last Christmas”) — 10/3
“Duck the Halls” (“Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling”) — 10/3
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (“The Ballad of Claus Jorstad”) — 10/3

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