Emmys: My picks for the 2017 awards

Thought this would be fun to do. I never really pick myself because I don’t feel like I watched enough. However, a lot of the Emmy voters likely watch as much as I do, if not less.

So here are my picks!

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Alt: The Crown

Stranger Things wasn’t strong enough for me which lead me to these two and Westworld. With Westworld I think the best has yet to come. I also, in contrast, believe these 2 shows (Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown) – we’ve already seen their best.

Handmaid’s Tale inches by!

Outstanding Comedy Series
Alt: Master of None

Silicon Valley and Modern Family are the only other two I’ve seen here (I’m behind in Kimmy Schmidt) and it’s no contest. Early Silicon Valley may have competed with Master of None and Atlanta.

I would even go as far to say Atlanta is beyond better than Season 2 of Master of None. Atlanta wins this easily for me. (Yes, I know I need to watch Veep)

Outstanding Limited Series
The Night Of
Alt: Fargo

Big Little Lies vs. Fargo was tough for me. Fargo was just beautiful this season in its simplicity. Both are leagues behind The Night Of though which provided me several hours of severe anxiety.

TV Movie
I haven’t seen any of these.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Anthony Hopkins – Westworld
Alt: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

I’ve seen some This is Us and didn’t fall in love the way others did. I know I need to finish it. These two are the only two I’ve really seen. I loathed this past season of House of Cards, but it wasn’t because of Spacey who continually delivers.

Hopkins though, even in a comfortable typecast, sold his role in Westworld.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Alt: Claire Foy – The Crown

It was tough to choose Foy over Wood here. Playing a robot isn’t as easy as it sounds and Wood had layers and depth to the role few others could. Foy and Moss though, probably gave 2 of the greatest performances of the past year, all mediums considered.

Moss had to deal with a camera right in her face most of the time and her performance drives the show. She gets this easily.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Alt: Aziz Ansari – Master of None

Nothing remarkable came from either of these actors. I am literally judging the two of them based on who sold the quiet cynicism better. Glover plays an easy character here, but he melts into the role heart and soul. Ansari does the same, but Glover edges him.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

I could give this to Kemper based on past Kimmy Schmidt seasons, but that’s not fair. I wouldn’t vote here. Also realizing I need to watch more comedies with female leads.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Alt: John Turturro – The Night Of

TOUR DE FORCE from both these actors. Great moments from McGregor in Fargo, but Ahmed and Turturro threw so much into these roles physically and mentally. It was a thing of beauty.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Alt: Carrie Coon – Fargo

Can Coon’s performance be for The Leftovers? Can I write-in Leftovers all over this ballot? Coon was quietly great in Fargo, Kidman gave one of the greatest performances of the year though. I would actually argue this is Kidman’s best work. She anchors the melancholic emotion of the entire series.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow – The Crown
Alt: Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Lithgow man. This will go down as the performance John Lithgow was born to play. He deserves any gold he can get for it.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Alt: Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

It was tough not including Dowd’s performance in Handmaid’s Tale here. Brown is the driving force of Stranger Things. Let’s forget her age and just focus on what she put into the role physically and mentally and how important her performance was to this season.

Newton wins this though by a hair! I mentioned “emotional robots” earlier with Wood’s performance. Newton plays a robot and finds a way for you to draw sympathy toward her kind and see the evil in the theme park management. She does all that convincingly. Her performance makes the moral dilemma of Westworld immediately indentifiable.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Burrell continues to be great in Modern Family. I’m sure Burgess is great in the new Kimmy Schmidt, and I didn’t see enough of Baldwin’s Trump to vote for him. Also are we just judging Baldwin in his Trump impersonation or the rest of SNL too? Did he do anything else?

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Same reason. Saw some of the SNL performances, some hit and miss. McKinnon would be my vote if I had to vote just because she’s more commonly excellent, but I simply didn’t see enough of her.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
David Thewlis – Fargo
Alt: Michael Kenneth Williams – The Night Of

Thewlis’ villain in Fargo was nitemare-ish. Williams shined in The Night Of as did Bill Camp. Skarsgaard played the villain perfectly in Big Little Lies, but we didn’t see enough of him.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

It’d really be between Woodley and Dern for me. Both were great, and I’d give the edge to Woodley, but I think I needed to see more than one show to vote in a category.