70th Annual Emmy Awards Predictions: Best Drama Series

Two-time Emmy winner “Game of Thrones” (2015 and 2016) returns to the 2018 Best Drama Series race after sitting out last year because no new episodes aired. This HBO hit has a leading 22 nominations in all. It is joined in the top category at the Emmys by network stablemate “Westworld” (21 nominations); Hulu’s reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” (20); Netflix’s “The Crown” (13) and “Stranger Things” (12); NBC’s “This Is Us” (8); and FX’s “The Americans” (4).

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the top 24 last year, the all-stars who did well for two years in a row, and thousands of Emmy fans just like you. (Scroll down to see up-to-date racetrack odds derived from all of these predictions.)

“Game of Thrones” reaped four acting bids: series regulars Nikolaj Coster-WaldauPeter Dinklage and Lena Headey as well as guest star Diana Rigg. The fantasy series is also nominated for directing, writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, production design, prosthetic makeup, sound editing, sound mixing, stunts and visual effects.

“Westworld” earned nominations for series leads Ed HarrisEvan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright featured player Thandie Newton and guest star Jimmi Simpson. The sci-fi/western is also nominated for casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, interactive media, main title design, makeup, music, music supervision, production design, prosthetic makeup, sound editing, sound mixing, stunts and visual effects.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” contends for eight performances including those by lead Elisabeth Moss and supporting players Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski. This dystopian drama also vies for directing, writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, makeup, picture editing, production design, sound mixing and supporting visual effects.

SEE 2018 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

“Stranger Things” numbers two of its supporing cast among its nominations: Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour. The sci-fi series set in the 1980s is also in the running for directing, writing, casting, music supervision, picture editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

“The Crown” contends in four acting races: lead Claire Foy, supporting performers Vanessa Kirby and Matt Smith, and guest Matthew Goode. The period piece is also up for directing, writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, production design and supporting visual effects.

“This Is Us” both two leading men — Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia — and two guest stars — Ron Cephas Jones and Gerald McRaney — in the running. The family drama is also up for costumes, makeup and music supervision.

“The Americans” signs off with final bids for leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as well as the writers. 

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Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the nominees in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite and the winner is the nominee that prevails in a straight plurality vote.

UPDATED: August 13, 2018

“The Handmaid’s Tale” — 4/9 odds

“Game of Thrones” — 5/1 odds

“The Americans” — 14/1 odds

“The Crown” — 50/1 odds

“This Is Us” — 50/1 odds

“Stranger Things” — 66/1 odds

“Westworld” — 66/1 odds

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