“Consensus has being saying for a while that ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is out front,” Rob Licuria declares about the Best Drama Series category. “‘Game of Thrones’ as usual did very well at the creative arts Emmys, where it won a bucketload of Emmys, which I think is to be expected, and I don’t think that is necessarily indicative of ‘Game of Thrones’ all of a sudden being the favorite,” he argues. Licuria recently teamed up with Riley Chow and Amanda Spears in a series of slugfests this week about the three series races at the Emmys in the wake of the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. Watch their lively discussion above.
“Every day I change my mind,” Spears laments. “Part of me says ‘Game of Thrones,’ because you can’t just win a series race with the actors, directors and the writers. You need all those below the line also to support your series. But I think that this is a close race between ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and they’re going to split their support, and man ‘The Crown’ starts looking good.”
Chow is not so convinced that ‘Game of Thrones’ is as strong as people think it is, and suggests “The Crown” is a bigger threat. “‘The Crown’ did not do as well as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ in nominations, and that is a big part of why I am not predicting it, but there are definitely excuses that we can point to in hindsight if it wins. I’m still going with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ because it is more relevant, but we just saw at the Oscars how that didn’t help ‘Three Billboards,’ which was a lot more relevant, over ‘The Shape of Water,’ which was more like your traditional winner, which is what ‘The Crown’ is. I think ‘Game of Thrones’ is third and it’s out and it’s not going to win a single award at the main telecast.”
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