Creative Arts Emmy Awards predictions 2019: Official odds in 24 categories favor ‘Game of Thrones,’ RuPaul, Beyonce and more

The Primetime Emmys telecast isn’t until Sunday night, September 22, but by then most of the awards will already have been handed out. The lion’s share of prizes will be presented this weekend at the Creative Arts Awards ceremonies on September 14 and 15. So who will win? Scroll down for our official racetrack odds in 24 categories. You can still make or update your own predictions here before the trophies are handed out.

Our odds are calculated by combining the predictions of over 1,000 Gold Derby users. That includes Expert journalists from top media outlets, the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who earned the highest scores predicting last year’s Creative Arts winners, and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Creative Arts results.

The Creative Arts Awards honor the best behind-the-scenes artists and technicians who make TV possible, including costume designers, makeup artists, cinematographers, stunt coordinators, and production designers, among many others. Prizes are also given out to the best achievements in animation, documentary, reality and short-form programming, not to mention the best guest stars in comedies and dramas.

A lot of history can be made in these many dozens of categories. “Saturday Night Live” already holds the record as the most awarded series in history (72 wins), while “Game of Thrones” is the all-time biggest winner among narrative series (47 wins). Both shows can extend their records, while the “Thrones” battle epic “The Long Night” can become the most awarded episode of all time.

Other big names who may come away with Emmys include Beyonce (“Homecoming”), Bruce Springsteen (“Springsteen on Broadway”), Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel (“Live in Front of a Studio Audience”), Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban (“Tony Awards”), Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh (“Golden Globe Awards”), Angela Bassett (“The Flood”) and many more, which could make these awards even more star-studded than the main event the following Sunday night.

Check out our predictions below. Give us your own forecasts here in our predictions center.

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Phylicia Rashad, “This is Us” — 37/10
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” — 9/2
Cherry Jones, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — 9/2
Carice van Houten, “Game of Thrones” — 5/1
Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder” — 13/2
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black” — 7/1

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — 37/10
Michael McKean, “Better Call Saul” — 4/1
Ron Cephas Jones, “This is Us” — 5/1
Michael Angarano, “This is Us” — 6/1
Glynn Turman, “How to Get Away with Murder” — 6/1
Kumail Nanjiani, “The Twilight Zone” — 13/2

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Jane Lynch, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — 39/10
Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place” — 9/2
Sandra Oh, “Saturday Night Live” — 5/1
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Fleabag” — 5/1
Emma Thompson, “Saturday Night Live” — 6/1
Fiona Shaw, “Fleabag” — 13/2

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Peter MacNicol, “Veep” — 5/1
John Mulaney, “Saturday Night Live” — 11/2
Adam Sandler, “Saturday Night Lie” — 6/1
Luke Kirby, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — 6/1
Matt Damon, “Saturday Night Live” — 13/2
Robert De Niro, “Saturday Night Live” — 13/2
Rufus Sewell, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — 7/1

BEST REALITY HOST
RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — 16/5
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, “Making It” — 4/1
Marie Kondo, “Tidying Up” — 4/1
Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game of Games” — 9/2
James Corden, “The World’s Best” — 9/2

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL (LIVE)
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” — 69/20
“72nd Annual Tony Awards” — 9/2
“The Oscars” — 9/2
“Rent Live” — 6/1
“61st Annual Grammy Awards” — 13/2
“76th Annual Golden Globe Awards” — 7/1

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce” — 69/20
“Springsteen on Broadway” — 39/10
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” — 4/1
“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney” — 9/2
“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” — 9/2

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
“The Oscars” — 7/2
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce” — 19/5
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ — 39/10
“Springsteen on Broadway” — 9/2
“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney” — 9/2

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” — 17/5
“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” — 9/2
“Amy Schumer: Growing” — 5/1
“Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh” — 11/2
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce” — 6/1
“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney” — 7/1

BEST ANIMATED PROGRAM
“BoJack Horseman” — 10/3
“Bob’s Burgers” — 39/10
“Big Mouth” — 4/1
“Adventure Time” — 9/2
“The Simpsons” — 9/2

BEST SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
“Love, Death and Robots” — 17/5
“Robot Chicken” — 39/10
“Steven Universe” — 4/1
“Teen Titans Go” — 9/2
“SpongeBob SquarePants” — 9/2

BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Alex Borstein, “Family Guy” — 82/25
Hank Azaria, “The Simpsons” — 19/5
Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy” — 4/1
Kevin Michael Richardson, “F is for Family” — 9/2
Eric Jacobson, “When You Wish Upon a Pickle” — 9/2

BEST NARRATOR
Angela Bassett, “The Flood” — 18/5
David Attenborough, “Our Planet” — 19/5
Charles Dance, “Savage Kingdom” — 5/1
Liev Schreiber, “The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti” — 11/2
Anthony Mendez, “Wonders of Mexico” — 13/2
Juliet Stevenson, “Queens of Mystery” — 15/2

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
“Queer Eye” — 69/20
“Tidying Up” — 4/1
“Shark Tank” — 5/1
“Who Do You Think You Are” — 11/2
“Antiques Roadshow” — 13/2
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” — 15/2

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
“United Shades of America” — 17/5
“Deadliest Catch” — 5/1
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” — 5/1
“Born This Way” — 5/1
“Somebody Feed Phil” — 13/2
“Life Below Zero” — 13/2

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION SERIES
“Our Planet” — 16/5
“Chef’s Table” — 4/1
“American Masters” — 9/2
“Hostile Planet” — 9/2
“30 for 30” — 9/2

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION SPECIAL
“Leaving Neverland” — 37/10
“Minding the Gap” — 4/1
“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” — 5/1
“FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” — 11/2
“Jane Fonda in Five Acts” — 6/1
“Love, Gilda” — 7/1

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
“RBG” — 82/25
“Three Identical Strangers” — 39/10
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” — 4/1
“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” — 9/2
“The Sentence” — 9/2

BEST INFORMATIONAL SERIES OR SPECIAL
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” — 10/3
“Surviving R. Kelly” — 37/10
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” — 4/1
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — 9/2
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” — 9/2

BEST MAIN TITLE DESIGN
“Game of Thrones” — 16/5
“Star Trek: Discovery” — 39/10
“True Detective” — 4/1
“Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” — 9/2
“Warrior” — 9/2

BEST MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
“Succession” — 82/25
“Our Planet” — 4/1
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — 9/2
“Good Omens” — 9/2
“Castle Rock” — 9/2

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES
“Game of Thrones” — 16/5
“House of Cards” — 4/1
“This is Us” — 4/1
“The Handmaid’s Tale” — 9/2
“Barry” — 9/2

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
“When They See Us” — 10/3
“Chernobyl” — 37/10
“Escape at Dannemora” — 9/2
“Good Omens” — 9/2
“True Detective” — 9/2

BEST MUSIC AND LYRICS
“Flight of the Conchords: Live in London” (“Father and Son”) — 37/10
“72nd Annual Tony Awards” (“This One’s For You”) — 4/1
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (“Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal”) — 5/1
“Documentary Now” (“Holiday Party I Did A Little Cocaine Tonight”) — 5/1
“Saturday Night Live” (“The Upper East Side”) — 6/1
“Song of Parkland” (“Beautiful Things Can Grow”) — 13/2

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before the Creative Arts Emmys on September 14. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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