The 69th Annual Emmys are this Sunday night at 8 p.m. — and the timing couldn't be better. It's the lull of the TV season in between "Game of Thrones" and the onslaught of fall network shows. So, as the experts on all things television, we at the Daily felt the need to make our predictions on this stacked roster of innovative, influential shows.
Variety Talk Series
Who Will Win: “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
Who Should Win: “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
While “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” has found its groove in its second season, it’s impossible not to love the insatiable energy and charisma of the “Late Late Show With James Corden.”
Variety Sketch Series
Who Will Win: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Who Should Win: “Documentary Now!” (IFC)
This was SNL's best year in a long time. Election years are always useful for the show but this, as we are all painfully aware, was no average election year. Despite the unique and inventive storytelling Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen's "Documentary Now!" presents, SNL's satirization of the American political system is too good to ignore.
Best Limited Series
Who Will Win: Big Little Lies (HBO)
Who Should Win: The Night Of (HBO)
Both of the HBO miniseries are strong contenders for this year's award, but the star-studded cast and intrigue of Monterey's elite in "Big Little Lies" will ultimately win out.
Best Actress, Limited Series
Who Will Win: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Who Should Win: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Nicole has always been a favorite of ours. Her standout performance in "Big Little Lies" made us love her even more, as she effortlessly upped the standard for film actresses venturing into television.
Best Actor, Limited Series
Who Will Win: Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Who Should Win: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
While we should all love and support Riz in every single endeavor he chooses, Ewan McGregor might be too much of an Emmys match here. Playing twin characters in a gritty, quirky crime drama will do that for you.
Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series
Who Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”)
Who Should Win: Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”)
He was scary, he was hot, he was unstable, he was charismatic, he was murdered, he was everything. Skarsgard's performance in BLL was an absolute standout and the multi-layered character he presented was pivotal to the show's emotional arc.
Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series
Who Will Win: Regina King (“American Crime”)
Who Should Win: Regina King (“American Crime”)
Regina King's performance as Kimara Walters was incredible — there's little competition in the category that should upend her award.
Who Will Win: The Crown (Netflix)
Who Should Win: The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
"The Handmaid's Tale" was not only a great adaptation of the book, but also an uncanny look at society, which is especially unnerving in today's political climate. However, the ambition and splendor of "The Crown" edge out our favorite.
Best Actress, Drama
Who Will Win: Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
Who Should Win: Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
Elizabeth Moss delivered a gripping performance as Offred throughout "The Handmaid's Tale," but what really stuck the landing was the heartbreaking and downright horrifying car scene in the finale. That alone should win her the Emmy.
Best Actor, Drama
Who Will Win: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Who Should Win: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Sterling K. Brown's performance on the first season of "This Is Us" garnered a lot of attention this year — which could sway voters away from Bob Odenkirk's potential first Emmy for "Better Call Saul."
Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Who Will Win: John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Who Should Win: Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
It’s rare to find an actor like Lithgow who can play such a titanic historical figure so well. Emmy voters know this, and they’ll make sure Lithgow gets a statue this year.
Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Who Will Win: Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Who Should Win: Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Ann Dowd had an incredible year, and her performance as Aunt Lydia in "The Handmaid's Tale" was nothing short of mesmerizing. But when it comes to Emmy voters, I'm betting they'll give the award to robots in a dystopian Wild West every chance they get.
Who Will Win: Atlanta (FX)
Who Should Win: Atlanta (FX)
Last year, young auteur mastermind Donald Glover gave us one of the best new shows on premium cable television. Through its hysterical surrealism and subtle commentary on fame and success, "Altanta" managed to transcend expectations with each of its 10 episodes, and there's no doubt Glover will bring his A-game for season 2.
Best Actress, Comedy
Who Will Win: Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Who Should Win: Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Fashion-goddess Tracee Ellis Ross deserves all the awards for her performance on "Black-ish," in which she hilariously captures a complicated narrative rarely offered to women over 40 on television.
Best Actor, Comedy
Who Will Win: Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Who Should Win: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
This is a tough one, but while Ansari is admirable as the star / writer / director/co-creator of his incredible Netflix show, Glover deserves credit for his undeniable charm and experimental comedic craft on "Atlanta."
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Who Will Win: Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Who Should Win: Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Tony Hale has been a regular nominee since 2012, but after "Baskets" success in its first season, Louie Anderson is likely to be receive his second award.
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Who Will Win: Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Who Should Win: Judith Light (“Transparent”)
McKinnon has the chops and facial expressions of an all-star comedic performer, but Light truly shines in her underrated "Transparent" role as the neglected yet impassioned Pfefferman matriach.