Emmy predictions clash: Tom O’Neil vs. Pete Hammond on TV drama series acting races

Pete Hammond (Deadline) and I agree that Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will win the Emmy Award for Best Drama Actress for a second year in a row after a string of losses earlier in her career for “Mad Men” (6) and “Top of the Lake” (1).

“Now I think she’s in line for a second Emmy after she sat there in the audience for so many years” as a gracious loser, Pete says in our pundit discussion of the top acting races for TV drama series: both lead and supporting. Watch above or listen to the audio podcast version below.

I remind Pete that Claire Foy (“The Crown”) beat Moss last year for the Screen Actors Guild Award, which, like the Emmy, is a peer-group trophy. Now Foy could have sentiment on her side at the Emmys since it was her final season in the role of Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix.

“This is the last chance to give it to Claire Foy and it’s a very well regarded performance,” Pete adds.


Pete and I agree that last year’s winner of Best Drama Actor is also likely to return as reigning champ: Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”). However, we believe several rivals have a serious shot to prevail instead, including his costar Milo Ventimiglia, Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”) and Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”).

See all of Pete’s predictions here. Mine here. See how our predictions compare side by side with 16 other noted Emmy gurus.

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Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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