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The TV Ratings Guide 2nd Annual Emmy Nomination Predictions: Outstanding Acting Categories




Welcome to the 2nd Annual Emmy nominee predictions article series. For this article, a few of us will be giving our Emmy predictions for the major acting categories.

Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series

Hunter Vogt
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Jessica Boggs
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Will Forte (Last Man on Earth)
William H. Macy (Shameless)

Like some contributors, I think that Donald Glover joins the Emmy contention list. However, it would be a huge surprise to not see any of the names. 
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Will Forte (Last Man on Earth)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
William H Macy (Shameless)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)

For this category, I'm predicting that Donald Glover will join the mix. Glover won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy at The Golden Globes and I think he will continue to get critical acclaim for his performance. Anthony Anderson and Jeffrey Tambor are locks to return. The former also got a Golden Globes nod and the latter won last year. I'm also very confident that Aziz Ansari and William H Macy will return. Will Forte is kind of my wildcard prediction. Yes, he was nominated the past two years for his work on 'The Last Man on Earth', but most experts are saying that he'll lose his slot to Glover. I still think he'll return, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was ousted.

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Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Anthony Anderson (blackish)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Jessica Boggs
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
Kristen Bell (The Good Place)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Katy Mixon (American Housewife)

Hunter Vogt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Ahmad 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Minnie Driver (Speechless) 
Kristen Bell (The Good Place)

Amy Schumer and Laurie Metcalf will not be returning as contenders this year because their respective shows have not aired seasons this past year. That leaves two empty slots for new actresses to fill in. I think Kristen Bell will be one of them. 'The Good Place' has been showered with critical acclaim and I believe it has a lot to do with Bell's performance. Minnie Driver will be the actress to fill the other slot. 'Speechless' is similarly critically acclaimed and I think Driver's helicopter mom performance should result in her receiving a spot. Aside from those two, I think everyone else from last year will return. 

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish)
Minnie Driver (Speechless)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Rebecca Bunch
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Jessica Boggs
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath)

I don't think that Rami Malek returns this year to the Emmy's after an underwhelming second season. I think that Billy Bob Thornton will take his spot. 

Hunter Vogt
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath) 
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

I think Billy Bob Thornton will enter the race this year. He won a Golden Globe award for his performance and that should at least translate to an Emmy nomination. I think he'll take Kyle Chandler's slot since 'Bloodline' is not eligible. The rest of the actors from last year, including winner Rami Malek, should return. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jessica Boggs
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Christine Baranski (The Good Fight)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Claire Danes (Homeland)

I would be extremely shocked if Taraji P. Henson is snubbed from the category. Tatiana Maslany's Orphan Black is airing its final season, but since it is airing outside of the eligibility period, she is not eligible to be nominated. 

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Claire Foy (The Crown)
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westwood)
Christine Baranski (The Good Fight)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)

Hunter Vogt
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

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Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Keri Russell (The Americans)

Tatiana Maslany won last year, but she won't be eligible this time. I think Claire Foy will take the open spot solely because of her Golden Globe win. Aside from that, I think everyone from last year will manage to receive a nomination. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Rebecca Bunch
Alec Baldwin (SNL)
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Matt Walsh (Veep)

Hunter Vogt
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

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Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live) 
Louie Anderson (Baskets) 
Tony Hale (Veep)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

The nominations in this category are nearly unanimous for the 3 of us. I think that Alec Baldwin's Trump performance on SNL should guarantee him the empty slot and maybe even give him a win. Aside from that, Andre Braugher will likely return for the 4th time for his performance as Captain Holt. I think he may be able to win this time if "Moo Moo" (the police brutality episode of the series) was the episode that was submitted for him. Other than that, Burgess, Burrell, Hale, and Anderson (last year's winner) should all be back. 


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Andrea Martin (Great News)
Kate McKinnon (SNL)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Hunter Vogt
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent)
Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)

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Kate Mckinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent)
Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) 

Kate Mckinnon, like Baldwin, should be a shoe-in due to playing a political figure. She was also last year's winner so I'll be surprised if she doesn't return. Both 'Transparent' actresses and Chlumsky were nominated last year and should return again. Since Niecy Nash is not available anymore and Allison Janney has switched categories, I think Jane Krakowski will return after a year of absence. I also think Zazie Beetz will make an appearance for her performance in critically-acclaimed 'Atlanta'. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Rebecca Bunch
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Hunter Vogt
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)

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Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) 
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)

'This Is Us' is a buzzy and acclaimed show, so I think Jones could be the one non-cable show performer in the category. John Lithgow and Jeffrey Wright are also very likely to break into the category with the others from last year also set to return. 


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Winona Ryder (Stranger Things)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Margo Martindale (The Americans)

Hunter Vogt
Maura Tierney (The Affair)
Constance Zimmer (UnReal)
Uzo Abuda (Orange is the New Black)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)

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Winona Ryder (Stranger Things)
Constance Zimmer (UnReal)
Maura Tierney (The Affair)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Uzo Abuda (Orange is the New Black)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

There are a lot of open slots here. Tierney and Zimmer will likely return. I think 'Stranger Things', 'This Is Us', and 'Westworld' will receive some serious recognition while Uzo Abuda's 'Orange is the New Black' performance should get her a slot. 


Movie/Miniseries Lead Actress


Rebecca Bunch
Jessica Lange (Feud)
Susan Sarandon (Feud)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Oprah Winfrey (Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life)

Hunter Vogt
Jessica Lange (Feud)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Susan Saradon (Feud)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Oprah Winfrey (Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)


Movie/Miniseries Lead Actor

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Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective)
Guy Pearce (When We Rise)

Hunter Vogt
Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
Jude Law (The Young Pope)
Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
John Turturro (The Night Of)


Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress


Rebecca Bunch
Judy Davis (Feud)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo)
Jackie Hoffman (Feud)

Hunter Vogt
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Regina King (American Crime)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)
Judy Davis (Feud)
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story)


Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor


Rebecca Bunch
Alfred Molina (Feud)
Stanley Tucci (Feud)
Hank Azaria (The Wizard of Lies)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)
David Thewlis (Fargo)

Hunter Vogt
Hank Azaria (The Wizard of Lies)
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
Stanley Tucci (Feud)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Alfred Molina (Feud)
Michael Stuhlbarg (Fargo)

Be sure to leave your predictions in the comment section below.