The Emmy race for Best Drama Series is a truly dramatic showdown this year since “we have two former winners going head-to-head for the first time,” notes Pete Hammond (Deadline) in our webcam chat. (Watch above or listen to audio podcast version below.) Last year’s champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” didn’t have to compete against 2015 and 2016 victor “Game of Thrones” because it wasn’t eligible, but now the HBO cult hit is back.
“’Handmaid’s’ has the momentum,” Pete insists, since the Hulu program recently aired new episodes while “Game of Thrones” may seem like a distant memory to voters because the final installment of its seventh season unspooled last August. However, “Thrones” conquered the top series prize the last two times it competed and it now reigns as the bigger total winner of Emmys among all TV drama and comedy series ever (38).
In the contest for Best Comedy, it looks like FX series “Atlanta” vs. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Out of the 19 Experts making predictions at Gold Derby, 10 pick “Maisel,” 9 opt for “Atlanta.” However, “Atlanta” has a strong lead among all of our users making picks.
“I think its ‘Mrs. Maisel’s’ year,” Pete says. “I think it has Academy/ Emmys written all over it.”
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