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Emmy 2016 Predictions: Who Will Win the Biggest Categories?

by Philiana Ng 9:48 AM PDT, September 15, 2016
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Get out your Emmy ballots, it’s time to make your picks!

With the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards just days away, frontrunners for several of the major categories have bubbled up to the surface. ET is predicting who we think are the surest bets to take home the coveted Emmy statuette and who could be potential spoilers on Sunday night.

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After taking home nine Emmys (that’s not a typo!) last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, we’re betting big on HBO’s Game of Thrones to continue the momentum and add to its already impressive haul. Last year’s Drama Series winner, it’s difficult to see the others spoiling GoT’s potentially big night. Critical darlings The Americans and Mr. Robot, both first-timers, may have the best shot.

Jon Snow himself, first-time nominee Kit Harington, is a very strong contender to take home the crown for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, thanks to his top-notch performance in the episode, “Battle of the Bastards.” Harington’s co-star Lena Headey is our pick in the corresponding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

The same could be said for HBO’s Veep, our pick to repeat as this year’s Comedy Series winner, which continues to ride the awards wave. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Julia-Louis Dreyfus pick up her fifth straight Emmy for playing Selina Meyer, but it sure would be nice to see others get some love too (we’re lookin’ at you Ellie Kemper)!

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Perhaps the biggest lock of the night, though, is FX’s spell-binding crime drama, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, up for more than a dozen awards. Sarah Paulson’s near-perfect portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark should finally snag the actress the first Emmy of her career.

Though many of the People v. O.J. Simpson stars up for acting Emmys will be competing against each other, we’re picking Sterling K. Brown, who played prosecutor Christopher Darden, and Courtney B. Vance, who portrayed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, to dominate their respective categories.

For a list of ET’s Emmy predictions, see the list below.

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OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Black-ish – DARK HORSE

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep – PREDICTED WINNER

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Americans – DARK HORSE
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones – PREDICTED WINNER
Homeland
House of Cards
Mr. Robot

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
American Crime
Fargo – DARK HORSE
Roots
The Night Manager
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – PREDICTED WINNER

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
All the Way – PREDICTED WINNER

Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – DARK HORSE
A Very Murray Christmas

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OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week With John Oliver – PREDICTED WINNER
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Late Late Show With James Corden – DARK HORSE
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer – PREDICTED WINNER
Key & Peele – DARK HORSE
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot – PREDICTED WINNER
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul – DARK HORSE

Matthew Rhys, The Americans
LievSchreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans – DARK HORSE
Robin Wright, House of Cards – PREDICTED WINNER

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul – DARK HORSE

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones – PREDICTED WINNER
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones – PREDICTED WINNER
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey – DARK HORSE

Maura Tierney, The Affair
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish – DARK HORSE

Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent – PREDICTED WINNER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – DARK HORSE
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Veep – PREDICTED WINNER

Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep – PREDICTED WINNER
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Matt Walsh, Veep – DARK HORSE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Bryan Cranston, All the Way – DARK HORSE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – PREDICTED WINNER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – PREDICTED WINNER
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – PREDICTED WINNER
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager – DARK HORSE
Jesse Plemmons, Fargo
 David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager – DARK HORSE
Regina King, American Crime
Melissa Leo, All the Way
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo – PREDICTED WINNER

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air live coast-to-coast at 5 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET on ABC.

What can viewers expect from Kimmel’s second turn as Emmy host? Watch ET’s exclusive video below.

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