Emmys will honor repeat winners like Sterling K. Brown and Elisabeth Moss, predicts All-Star User Jeffrey Kare

As one of the best predictors of the Emmy nominations two years in a row, our reader Jeffrey Kare now numbers among Gold Derby’s All-Star Users who compete in a league against our Experts and Editors. We recently sat down with Kare to get his current predictions for the 2018 Emmy nominations, so scroll down to see his picks in the top three drama races. Of note, Kare says last year’s winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will score another trophy for Best Drama Series despite “Game of Thrones” coming back into the mix. He also forecasts that lead acting champs Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will repeat again.

Kare predicts Best Drama Series: While “Game of Thrones” is back in contention this year, I think “The Handmaid’s Tale” could still repeat in this category. The second season will be more fresh into voters minds, and is probably more relevant now thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Though since “Westworld” is currently airing its second season now, it could be more fresh into voters minds than the first season was last year. With “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards” taking this year off, I think “The Americans” will also be back in contention for the final season.

Kare predicts Best Drama Actor: I’m expecting Brown, Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”) to return this year. I also think Kit Harington will receive his second Emmy nomination for “Game of Thrones,” only this time as lead. As for brand new additions, Jason Bateman certainly has a shot for “Ozark” which could also be helped by the fact that he directed several episodes. Not to mention that he has previously been nominated twice before on the comedy side for “Arrested Development.”

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Kare predicts Best Drama Actress: I think Moss certainly has a great shot of repeating here for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” though Claire Foy could still be a threat. While the second season of “The Crown” debuted on Netflix back in the fall, it still feels topical thanks to the recent Royal Wedding with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle. Not to mention that this is Claire Foy‘s last season on the show before Olivia Coleman takes over for the next two seasons, so this will be the last chance for Emmy voters to award Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. I also think Emilia Clarke will receive her fourth Emmy nomination for “Game of Thrones,” only this time as lead. With Robin Wright absent this year for “House of Cards,” it looks easier for new additions like Laura Linney (“Ozark”) or Mandy Moore (“This is Us”) to make the cut.

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