Emmys will welcome back ‘Game of Thrones’ and give ‘The Americans’ a fond farewell, predicts All-Star User Doug Jamieson

As one of the best predictors of the Emmy nominations two years in a row, our reader Doug Jamieson now numbers among Gold Derby’s All-Star Users who compete in a league against our Experts and Editors. We recently sat down with Jamieson 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, Jamieson says that two-time winnerGame of Thrones” will be welcomed back with open arms after being ineligible last year. He also forecasts that “The Americans” will receive a fond farewell for its final season with leads Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys being nominated.

Jamieson predicts Best Drama Series: I really can’t see this going any other way than “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “The Americans.” There are simply no other shows which had the acclaim or buzz that these seven do. They’ve all dominated conversation and captured the zeitgeist of pop culture. They’ve all been nominated before and there’s just isn’t any room for new nominees this year. Nothing else really deserves to be here.

Jamieson predicts Best Drama Actor: Four slots will no doubt be taken by four of last year’s nominees in Rhys, Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). They all matched the work of their previous season and deserved a successive nomination, although Schreiber could possibly be the one to miss out given the show is starting to slightly dip in greatness. As frustrating as “The Good Doctor” is, Freddie Highmore is truly sublime. After years of being overlooked for his phenomenal work on “Bates Motel,” he should finally get some recognition here. That leaves the last spot to Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) who is wonderful in a show that still seems to be somewhat finding its way.

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Jamieson predicts Best Drama Actress: Russell, Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) are the four locks to return from last year. The competition this year is far too good to include Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) again. Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) was shamefully overlooked last year, but there’s no way the Emmys will make that mistake again. Her work this year has been even better than the first season and she deserves to be recognized. And Laura Linney is an Emmy darling who can do no wrong in their eyes; she’s typically magnificent in “Ozark” and will undoubtedly score her sixth career nomination.

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