By Joanne Rosa
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards are going down tonight, and we’ll be watching! Wendy’s Style Squad will be here tomorrow to breakdown the fashion hits and misses, but we asked “Wendy” staffers to breakdown the potential winners and losers of the night. We narrowed the Emmy categories for our staff survey to Drama, Comedy, and Limited Series. Check back here to see if our predictions were YASSS or a MESS!
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
Over 40% of “Wendy” staffers predict “The Handmaid’s Tale” will win outstanding drama series. The critically-acclaimed Hulu original won two Golden Globes this year, including Best TV Series Drama. Staff commented that the show is “relevant” considering the political climate, and “unstoppable when it comes to drama and popularity.” NBC’s “This Is Us” came in second place as a potential winner, but many agreed that FX’s “The Americans” should win.
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Following some of the Golden Globe outcomes, two-thirds of the staff predict Sterling K. Brown for his role in “This Is Us” will win this category. Brown has already won six awards for his role as Randall, including an Emmy last year.
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Kerri Russell (The Americans)
Sandrah Oh (Killing Eve)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a frequent topic of discussion here at “Wendy” when we’re not talking about Hot Topics, and it’s all thanks to Elisabeth Moss! Like Sterling K. Brown, Moss already won five awards portraying Offred, including an Emmy last year. Will we really see an Emmy repeat this year after “Game of Thrones” was slighted last year? Meanwhile, Sandra Oh made Emmy history by being the first Asian woman to be nominated in this category.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
It was a close call, but Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won over our “Wendy” staff. FX’s “Atlanta” was the other comedy favorite amongst staff. “‘Atlanta’ is one of the best shows on television,” a Wendy staffer commented. “But ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is INCREDIBLE.” “Wendy” staff and critics alike agree that “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Atlanta” are frontrunners in the comedy category.
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
“Atlanta” might not have made the “Wendy” staff cut for best comedy, but Donald Glover sure did! The gag is, Donald Glover isn’t just the star as Earn in the show; he’s also the creator, writer, and director. So, joke’s on us. Glover’s performance in season two’s “Teddy Perkins” episode left our staff shooketh.
Allison Janney (Mom)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan plays the hell out of Miriam Maisel in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” There are a lot of “Insecure” fans in the office, but there’s no denying Brosnahan’s talent acting as a woman of the 50’s taking on standup comedy in NYC. “I want Issa Rae to win,” one staffer commented. “But Rachel Brosnahan deserves it. The show was a sleeper hit, and the Emmys love period dramas.” Another said “I was close to putting Issa Rae, but Rachel Brosnahan put on an amazing performance. Her character is powerful but complicated and I couldn’t imagine anybody else playing her.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Wendy is a fan of FX’s true-crime show “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” and over 80% of staff agreed! Critics agree that the odds are in Versace’s favor to take home an Emmy. We’ll be blasting Migos’ “Versace” leading up to the awards tonight.
Antonio Banderas (Genius)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Another one for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” thanks to Darren Criss’ role as Andrew Cunanan, AKA the KILLER! Oh yes. “Darren Criss completely transformed and made me afraid of him. He SHOULD win,” a staffer commented on the prediction. Criss was great, but many staff think John Legend should win for the mere fact that there were so many elements to his performance as Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “John Legend had to sing, dance an act LIVE for a whole two-to-three hours,” another staffer commented. “Man was SWEATING he was working so hard to entertain us!” Luckily, Legend already won an Emmy this year for his work as a producer in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which made him an E-G-O-T!
Edie Falco (Law & Order: The Menendez Murders)
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
“Laura Dern… because she’s Laura Dern.” Okay so that’s not a very good reason to win best actress in a limited series, but numbers don’t lie, and a majority predict she’ll win for her role in “The Tale” on HBO. Dern is like an HBO regular at this point, but that doesn’t take away from her work in this moving series. A Wendy staffer commented, “Her performance was incredible-amazing show and plot.”
Moving on from the Emmy nominations to this year’s hosts, SNL’s hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che. We asked “Wendy” staff to predict how the duo will do as hosts for the 70th annual Emmy Awards on a scale of 0 (flop) to 100 (fantastic). The average score was 63, which isn’t so bad. After looking through all of the responses, we found that a majority gave Jost and Che a score of 60 or over, but a few haters tilted the results a bit lower.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards air tonight at 8PM ET|5PM PT on NBC.