2018 Emmy predictions panic! Can ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ hold its own against ‘Game of Thrones’ for Best Drama Series? [WATCH]

Last year “The Handmaid’s Tale” won a whopping eight Emmys including Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actress for Elisabeth Moss. However, there’s a slight asterisk to its victory: TV’s two-time reigning champ “Game of Thrones” was ineligible as it didn’t air any new episodes. With “GoT” back in the running, will Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” hold its own against HBO’s fantasy epic? Or will “Game of Thrones” return to the Emmy throne? In our predictions slugfest video (watch above) Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery and Joyce Eng make their final predictions for the 2018 Primetime Emmys before Monday’s live ceremony.

Best Drama Series (see racetrack odds)

After this weekend’s Creative Arts ceremony in which “Game of Thrones” took home a whopping seven trophies, Dixon admits that he changed his Drama Series prediction to that show for “about 10 minutes … and then I thought about it and I said, ‘Nah, I’m gonna go back to Handmaid’s,” in part because of the show’s cultural impact.

Montgomery adds, “If ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ had been completely disappointed this weekend, I would discount it maybe and put ‘Game of Thrones’ up top. But ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ won just as many awards at this year’s Creative Arts Awards as it won last year, that’s three. It won guest actress for Samira Wiley [and] the show has never lost an acting award.”

Best Drama Actress (see racetrack odds)

After winning this race last year, Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) looks like a lock to win again, according to our odds. Eng agrees with the consensus, noting, “I don’t think there’s one obvious alternative. Sometimes I’m like, I’ll put Keri Russell in second. But Claire Foy won two SAGs. And Sandra Oh could be the first actress of Asian descent to win. The other nominees could just split the vote between them, even though they’re all on different shows, and it’ll just give her another easy win.”

Best Drama Actor (see racetrack odds)

Last year’s champ Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) is back again, but our editors are concerned that he could face a vote-splitting situation with his co-lead Milo Ventimiglia. “[This] would be the only category out of the 26 that I might consider changing before the end of the week,” Beachum confesses. “I’ve had Matthew Rhys for a while. I had Sterling Brown for most of July. I think it’s one or the other. Usually if you’re not sure, you go with the repeat, because they love repeats more than any group alive. I just don’t know.”

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Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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