“This is like a sumptuous feast that we just devoured this morning,” I declare in our latest video chat (watch above) about the this year’s surprisingly well-received crop of Emmy nominations. As the nominations were hot off the press, I hosted fellow Gold Derby editor Matt Noble and contributing writers Charles Bright, David Buchanan, Zach Laws, Tom O’Brien, Tony Ruiz and Amanda Spears to dish the highlights and lowlights of the TV academy’s Class of 2017.
“I think ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘The Night Of,’ or maybe ‘Feud’ have this,” I proclaim as I kick things off by making a call straight out of the gate about what will win the top three categories of Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series and Best Limited Series.
Zach agrees wholeheartedly about the Hulu drama, which exceeded expectations by grabbing a total of 13 nominations across the board. “I have been saying this for moths and now I have something to back me up, ” he says. “‘Handmaid’s’ is going to win Best Drama Series this year. It’s got so much going for it,” he explains. ” It over performed in a lot of categories and most importantly, this show has a relevancy about it that the other shows just don’t have. It’s a giant middle finger to Donald Trump‘s America. … I think that when voters are marking off their ballots they are going to be looking to make a big statement about the world that we live in today, and that show is going to be ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”
“I think that this just became a contest between ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’,” Tony interjects, also cautioning us all that we need to pay attention to nominations leader “Westworld,” which hauled a whopping 22 nods. “I think ‘Westworld’ could be a much bigger contender than we thought it would be,” he says, noting however that “I don’t think it has the popular appeal of something like ‘Stranger Things,’ nor does it have the gravity of something like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”
“Someone at NBC needs to be fired,” Amanda jokes, as we lament “This is Us” being blanked in the drama directing or writing categories, despite its healthy haul of 11 nods. The sole broadcast drama nominee will find it difficult to win without those two key nominations, which we warned about in our last chat two weeks ago. “Whoever did this, they only have themselves to blame, because they got casting, they got a couple of tech nominations, if they had writing and directing, I would tell you right now that they may possibly be the frontrunner.” Matt agrees, adding that “it did not perform particularly well for a show that was [apparently] going to win drama series.”
We all agree that “Veep” is the clear frontrunner. “On the comedy side, it’s ‘Veep’ by default,” Amanda declares, adding that “‘Atlanta’ has no below the line nominations. If ‘Master of None’ had a directing nomination I would be tempted to pick it because it got another acting nomination and it got the below the line support that it didn’t have last year.” Matt was happy to see “Veep” do well. “It got more nominations than ‘The Crown’ this morning,” he notes. “Regardless of my own thoughts on the show, I have always maintained that it is a show that the Academy are quite fond of.”
“I’m most excited for the miniseries race,” David declares. “They all performed so well and I could see four of them winning.” David also notes that “we could see four repeats in the comedy acting categories. It’s not likely but it’s possible. But none of the reigning drama series acting contenders are back in contention, so we’ll have four new winners.” For Charles, he’s excited about Emmy night, and promises that to make his picks he will “just throw darts at a board and consult my psychic and she’s going to tell me what to pick.”
“There were very few wincingly bad choices,” Tom noted, when sizing up what didn’t make the cut. Charlie expressed his dismay at “Bojack Horseman” missing out in the Animated Series race. “Animation branch, you need to get woke!” he says, also adding that it was really shocking that Winona Ryder missed out as a Best Supporting Actress nominee for “Stranger Things.” “That blew my mind that she didn’t get it,” Charles laments. “I thought she was so good in ‘Stranger Things,’ and I thought she was going to win!”
We also voice our displeasure at seeing shows like “The Leftovers” almost completely shut out again, and contenders like Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Fargo”), Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Timothy Symmons (“Veep”), Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”), Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”), Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”), Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”), Bryce Dallas Howard (“Black Mirror: Nosedive”) and Gugu Mbatha Raw (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”).