The 2019 Emmy Awards: Who will win and who would I like to see win

The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday and this year’s competition has been especially divisive. Experts are predicting a big night for Game of Thrones and Veep, but in such a competitive field we can’t be sure.

Here are my predictions, followed by who I believe actually deserves the win because these fields are always so talented.

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul


Game of Thrones

Killing Eve




This Is Us

Who wins?: Game of Thrones will get its proper send off, although this award will likely fall on their entire excellent body of work as opposed to their lackluster final season.

Who would I like to see win?: Bodyguard brought the solid action drama back to TV, and Killing Eve continues to be excellent.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Who wins?:: All of the momentum is with Billy Porter right now.

Who would I like to see win?: Richard Madden for Bodyguard. Wait, he’s was snubbed this year? Right.  Okay, Jason Bateman I guess.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Who wins?: Sandra Oh got the Golden Globe. She’ll get another trophy here.

Who would I like to see win?: The other side of the “Eve” puzzle, Comer’s performance is both fun and scary to watch, but I can’t be mad at an Oh win.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Who wins?: It’s hard to say no to Dinklage.

Who would I like to see win?: But I can, give it to Banks who has always been underappreciated in the “Mike” role.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Who wins?: Christie had a strong season and I think it gets recognized.

Who would I like to see win?: Julia Garner and the best accent on television deserve strong consideration.But real fast, I think Christie had a good season on “Thrones” it wouldn’t be a tragedy if she won.

Outstanding Comedy Series:



The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Russian Doll

Schitt’s Creek


Who wins?: A lot of buzz around Fleabag right now.

Who would I like to see win?: Barry had such a great year. The ronny/lily episode is one of the most unique half hours of television I’ve ever seen.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Who wins?: They won’t be able to say no to Michael Douglas. That’s a great program.

Who would I like to see win?: Hader completely crushed it again this year.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Who wins?: They’ll be a lot of people angry if Louis-Dreyfus doesn’t get the farewell nod.

Who would I like to see win?: Louis-Dreyfus. Selina Meyer was unstoppable this year on Veep.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Stephen Root, Barry

Henry Winkler, Barry

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tony Hale, Veep

Who wins?: Alan Arkin won’t get turned back for the Kominsky Method.

Who would I like to see win?: Tony Hale was the real heart of the Veep finale.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Who wins?: Olivia Colman will get the trophy for Fleabag

Who would I like to see win?: There were a couple of times when McKinnon had to carry SNL this year.

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