Emmy 2016 Predictions: Who Will Win the Biggest Categories?

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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


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

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