Emmys 2018 predictions slugfest: Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria fiercely debate all 26 categories in 26 minutes [WATCH]

“We’ve been doing these for years and years,” declares Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum as he fiercely debates with senior editor Rob Licuria in a slugfest of an annual tradition of predictions for all 26 primetime Emmy categories in 26 minutes. The NBC ceremony will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” stars Michael Che and Colin Jost on Monday night.

“I think the Emmys did a very good job with what they chose. But obviously there’s always going to be someone that misses out,” Licuria declares, as they both agonize over some of the tougher categories to predict, especially the competitive Best Drama Series category. Watch their lively discussion in a video above.

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One of the final categories of the evening is still a big question mark, particularly after “Game of Thrones” prevailed with so many wins at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. Beachum and Licuria know that it is really a race between that past two-time winner and last year’s victor “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Best Drama Series bragging rights.

“I think ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is going to win it again. The momentum is there. It had a great second season, it’s critically acclaimed. With everything going on in the culture at the moment, I think that’s going to get it over the line, and I know ‘Game of Thrones’ did very well over the weekend, but I don’t think that really matters. I think ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has got this,” Licuria proclaims. Beachum ultimately agrees, noting that “I know a lot of people switched over to ‘Game of Thrones’ because it won so much over the weekend, but look, that’s expected,” he explains. “It’s always going to dominate the creative arts awards and you can’t necessarily always go by that. It aired over a year ago and ‘Handmaid’s’ aired in the spring and the #MeToo movement is still in people’s minds. I just think it is ‘Handmaid’s.'”

That’s just one of the many competitive categories for the show. Others include Best Comedy Series (“Atlanta” vs. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Best Comedy Actor (Donald Glover vs. Bill Hader), Best Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown vs. Matthew Rhys) and Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Darren Criss vs. Benedict Cumberbatch).

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