Who's going to win Emmys in 2017? We asked the experts

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September 16, 2017 22:03:31

The 2017 Emmys are right around the corner.

TV’s night of nights kicks off at 10am AEST on Monday and there are three Aussies in the mix for awards.

To find out if Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis or Geoffrey Rush will take home the gongs, we’ve asked two experts who’ve made the Netflix binge an art form.

Always Be Watching’s Dan Barrett regularly chats TV with Radio National Breakfast and Amelia Navascues is triple j’s resident movie/TV critic.

Here are their tips for the 2017 Emmys:

Comedy

Outstanding comedy series

Dan’s pick: Veep

Who deserves it: Master of None or Atlanta

Why? This is the most difficult category to predict, with every nominee producing great seasons of TV that have each been reflective of the cultural and political mood of the US this year.

History would suggest that Veep will win, but it would be really great to see either Master of None or Atlanta take the prize.

Both series showcased new comedic voices in television, with both Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover delivering shows that spoke to the value of diverse voices on screen in a way that never felt cheap or pandering.

Amelia’s pick: Veep

Who deserves it: Master of None

Why? I think Veep may have it again, but personally, I’m gunning for Aziz Ansari’s latest season of Master of None.

I’d love to see that win. He took a lot of creative risks that really paid off in that season.

But then again, I do have a soft spot for shows about stand-up comedians.

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Dan’s pick: Too close to call

Who deserves it: Donald Glover

Why? It’s difficult to predict a winner here because there is a strong possibility that any of the nominees could win.

Ideally, Donald Glover from Atlanta would have to be considered a frontrunner with a performance that was never overly showy, but exhibited a quiet depth of character.

Amelia’s pick: Donald Glover

Who deserves it: Donald Glover

Why? I’m about 99 per cent sure Donald Glover isn’t an actual human, but probably some weird metamorphic super-blob made up of sheer, boundless talent.

I think he is incredible at anything he throws himself into, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins.

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Dan’s pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Who deserves it: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Why? Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins this award every year for her role in Veep. She wins because she really is that good.

Amelia’s pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Who deserves it: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Why? Julia Louis-Dreyfus is consistently great in Veep. And given there’s a lot of support for the show in the lead-up to the Emmys, she should (hopefully) have it in the bag.

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Dan’s pick: Alec Baldwin

Who deserves it: Alec Baldwin

Why? As solid as each of the nominees are in this category, nobody made the impact that Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL delivered. It has been a cultural phenomenon.

Amelia’s pick: Alec Baldwin

Who deserves it: Alec Baldwin

Why? Alec’s been pulling the hard yards this year following Donald Trump’s inauguration and all the SNL guys are doing a really incredible job of providing commentary on the entire political climate over there.

I think it’s well deserved for Alec to get it after a hard year in US politics.

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Dan’s pick: Kathryn Hahn

Who deserves it: Kathryn Hahn

Why? Kathryn Hahn feels like a leading contender this year. Following a star-making turn in the raunchy comedy Bad Moms last year, her stature has been on the rise with her role in Amazon shows Transparent and I Love Dick.

For many voters Hahn will seem like a fresh face, despite being under their noses this whole time.

Amelia’s pick: Anna Chlumsky

Who deserves it: Anna Chlumsky

Why? It’s Amy Brookheimer! C’mon! Terrible people? Not a great time. Terrible characters? Always a great time.

Drama

Outstanding drama series

Dan’s pick: The Crown, Stranger Things, Westworld all in with a chance

Who deserves it: The Handmaid’s Tale

Why? The Crown, Stranger Things, and Westworld are all very worthy contenders in this category, but the right choice in 2017 feels like The Handmaid’s Tale.

With cultural norms and expectations completely shaken in the US this past year, The Handmaid’s Tale spoke so directly to the uneasy sense of collapsing cultural foundations and longstanding gender inequity that was so dominant in our cultural conversation.

Amelia’s pick: Westworld

Who deserves it: Stranger Things

Why? I have this feeling Westworld may have it — it’s nominated for so much already this year. But I do think Stranger Things was just so original and built up such a cult following, so I really want it to win.

I feel like maybe season two of Stranger Things could give them a leg up for next year.

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Dan’s pick: Sterling K Brown

Who deserves it: Sterling K Brown

Why? Sterling K Brown seems like a lock-in this category.

He suddenly came to attention in January last year as a lead in The People vs OJ Simpson, but then followed it up with a role on the unexpected success This Is Us.

As far as broadcast shows go, there is no show with greater heat on US broadcast TV right now than This Is Us with Brown a powerhouse on that show.

Amelia’s pick: Bob Odenkirk

Who deserves it: Sterling K Brown

Why? Better Call Saul is the safe bet following the landslide wins Breaking Bad got a few years back, although it would be great to see Sterling take it. He’s an incredible actor.

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Dan’s pick: Elisabeth Moss

Who deserves it: Elisabeth Moss

Why? Surely it has to be Elisabeth Moss. Right? RIGHT??

Amelia’s pick: Elisabeth Moss

Who deserves it: Elisabeth Moss

Why? Elisabeth Moss in Handmaid’s Tale really deserves it. I feel like she worked really hard with the director Reed Morano to create an intense and meaningful dialogue with viewers from a creative perspective.

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Dan’s pick: John Lithgow

Who deserves it: John Lithgow

Why? John Lithgow from the Crown was a knockout.

Whoever first considered him to play Winston Churchill was a genius. Left-of-field casting that absolutely paid off.

Amelia’s pick: John Lithgow

Who deserves it: John Lithgow

Why? I’m probably biased, but I’m a massive John Lithgow fan.

But I’ve honestly yet to see a Winston Churchill characterisation done better since the big man himself.

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Dan’s pick: Thandie Newton

Who deserves it: Thandie Newton

Why? By the final episode of season one of Westworld, Thandie Newton had proven herself a star.

With a devastatingly traumatic role as a robot who achieved sentience only to discover how badly she has been abused throughout her existence, Thandie simply gave the emotional and physical performance of the year.

She’s a crowd favourite for a very good reason.

Amelia’s pick: Thandie Newton

Who deserves it: Thandie Newton

Why? I could bet my vintage tazo collection that she’ll get this.

The odds are too strong in her favour. Undeniably has this one in the bag.

Limited Series

Outstanding limited series

Dan’s pick: All in with a chance

Who deserves it: Big Little Lies

Why? Every show in this category was stellar, but no show was more discussed and obsessed over than Big Little Lies.

With an intoxicating combination of star power and soap opera excess, who among us could not be enchanted by Big Little Lies?

I’d be very happy to see a crowd-pleaser like this show take the prize.

Amelia’s pick: Big Little Lies

Who deserves it: Big Little Lies

Why? It could be hard to beat Fargo, but Big Little Lies might have enough to pull through. It’s nominated for a fair few other awards, so it will be interesting to see where it stands.

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie

Dan’s pick: Robert De Niro

Who deserves it: Riz Ahmed

Why? A performance by Robert De Niro on television might be enough by itself to clear a win for the iconic actor.

If you’re looking for a surprise win, Riz Ahmed in The Night of gave a star-making turn on that show that might be enough to rally the Emmy voters.

Amelia’s pick: Benedict Cumberbatch

Who deserves it: Geoffrey Rush

Why? Benedict won back in 2014 and he’s a bit of a long-time favourite for the Emmy voters. My hopes are for Geoffrey though.

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie

Dan’s pick: Nicole Kidman

Who deserves it: Carrie Coon

Why? While there’s the danger that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman may split votes for their roles in Big Little Lies, it’s difficult to look past Nicole Kidman on that show as a battered wife seeking empowerment.

An upset may come in the form of Carrie Coon who, despite being nominated for Fargo, also has a lot of fans from her role in The Leftovers this year.

That may be enough to elevate Coon to take the trophy.

I thought she was an absolute knockout in The Leftovers, so I’m firmly on #TeamCoon.

Amelia’s pick: Nicole Kidman

Who deserves it: Nicole Kidman

Why? She might be the favourite to get this one, but Nicole Kidman’s performance in Big Little Lies is really something!

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Dan’s pick: Alexander Skarsgard

Who deserves it: Alexander Skarsgard

Why? No-one was more hated on TV than Alexander Skarsgard as the oppressive husband in Big Little Lies.

It was a visceral performance that certainly caught the attention of a lot of viewers.

Whether that can be converted into a win for Skarsgard remains to be seen. I hope he wins, the no good cad.

Amelia’s pick: Alexander Skarsgard

Who deserves it: Alexander Skarsgard

Why? The Skarsgard brothers seem to be absolutely killing it on the big screen and small at the moment. It wouldn’t surprise me if Alexander got this one.

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Dan’s pick: Regina King

But fingers crossed for: Michelle Pfeiffer

Why? Never forget that the people voting are in showbiz and love a good story.

A win for the generally beloved Michelle Pfeiffer would fit into a ‘wonderful surprise’ narrative.

Smart money is on Regina King from American Crime, but Pfeiffer on stage would make for great television.

Amelia’s pick: Judy Davis

Who deserves it: Judy Davis

Why? Big Little Lies looks like it could clean up in a number of categories, but I think Judy Davis’ performance in this category was just too compelling to ignore.

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