The 2019 Emmys are right this weekend, and so many people are giving their input on who they think will come out on top this year in the world of television. Since I was able to watch most of the nominees this year, I thought I would throw my opinions into the mix as well. So without further ado here are my predictions for this year’s Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The nominees: Barry, Fleabag, Russian Doll, Schitt’s Creek, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Veep
Who I think will win: Fleabag
Even though this was not also my pick for who I want to win, I would still be beyond happy to see Fleabag take this title this year. This show is extremely unique, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is so creative and talented. There are not many shows doing what Fleabag did, with its unique use of breaking the fourth wall, and its humor in general, so I definitely see it standing above the rest. This past season was also the show’s last since it was only a two-season run, so it would be nice to see it get recognized.
Who I want to win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I just love this show so much. The humor, the acting, the costumes, everything is so well done there is no question that if it won this category it would deserve it. Unlike many other shows, the second season was even better than the first, in story, comedy, and character development. Even though it already won last year, I think it fully deserves to win again after such an amazing second season.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The nominees: Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Who I think will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
I feel like all of these women deserve to take home this award this year, but I’m going to bet that the title ends up going to Julia. It is the final season of Veep, and she has overcome so many obstacles while filming the last few seasons. I think that the Emmys will want to that give recognition for all of her amazing work in the industry overall with this award, especially since it would be her last chance to win it for Veep.
Who I want to win: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
However, if Julia were not to be the winner I would want the title to go to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for sure. Not only did she star in Fleabag, but she also created and wrote for it. With all of her many talents, she is another contender who truly deserves this award.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The nominees: Bill Hader (Barry), Don Cheadle (Black Monday), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Who I think will/want to win: Bill Hader
Bill Hader has been on a roll lately. I just recently saw him in It: Chapter 2 and between that, SNL, and Barry, you can just see how much of an incredible range he has as an actor. Barry’s second season showcased this so well, and I feel like Hader really deserves all of the recognition he has been receiving in the past couple of years, so it would not surprise me to see him take this award.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The nominees: Sarah Goldberg (Barry), Sian Clifford (Fleabag), Olivia Colman (Fleabag), Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Who I think will win: Sian Clifford
While Fleabag has many interesting stories going on within it, the most compelling by far is that of the two sisters’ relationship. Sian Clifford is obviously the other half of what makes this relationship work so well on screen, and since this is the last time Fleabag will be up for any awards, it would make sense for her to take home this title.
Who I want to win: Betty Gilpin
While I think all of the women in this category are so deserving of the title, GLOW has been one of my absolute favorite shows from the past couple of years, but it has not gotten a lot of recognition from the Emmys. So it would be awesome if Betty could take home an award for the show, especially because her performance in season two was one of my favorites of last year on TV in general. She can go back and forth between comedy and sincerity so well, and it would be great if she was recognized for that this year.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
The nominees: Henry Winkler (Barry), Anthony Carrigan (Barry), Stephen Root (Barry), Tony Hale (Veep), Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Who I think will/want to win: Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub is one of my favorite aspects of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He has such good comedic timing and just has a huge presence on the screen that is hard to not notice. Also, I mean just the scene of him exercising in his romper should be enough for him to deserve this win if you have seen the show I’m sure you laughed just as much as I did.
Outstanding Limited Series
The nominees: Chernobyl, Escape at Dannemora, Fosse/Verdon, Sharp Objects, When They See Us
Who I think will win: When They See Us
When They See Us was a phenomenal limited series experience. I did not have a huge knowledge of the details of the Central Park Five case, and while this was obviously not a documentary, it did do a great job of showing different points of views from various people effected by trial. It would fully deserve to win in this category, and I believe that it definitely will seeing how many people it has affected since it has premiered.
Who I want to win: Fosse/Verdon
While I would obviously be thrilled for When They See Us to win, Fosse/Verdon was probably my personal favorite limited series from this year. The performances, costuming, structure, writing, just everything honestly was perfect. Again, I knew almost nothing about Gwen and Bob before starting this show but being someone who is very interested in film history, it was super interesting to me, and was able to tell a story that I don’t think was as well known beforehand to many people. Fosse/Verdon felt like it was made for me and had all of the things I love in a TV show, so I would love to see it take home the prize.
Lead Actress in Limited Series or Movie
The nominees: Amy Adams (Sharp Objects), Patricia Arquette (Escape At Dannemora), Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), Joey King (The Act), Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Niecy Nash (When They See Us)
Who I think will/want to win: Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams is honestly one of my favorite actresses. Her range and the way she is able to completely mold herself into each role she takes on always blows me away. Not only did she do an amazing job in this role as Gwen, but she also played her at so many points in her life, which could definitely be hard for a lot of actors to do. I fully believe she deserves to take home this title this year and will do so.
Lead Actor in Limited Series or Movie
The nominees: Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Benicio del Toro (Escape At Dannemora), Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
Who I think will/want to win: Jharrel Jerome
Jharrel Jerome’s performance in When They See Us was amazing. Not only was he the only actor portraying the main five characters that played both the younger and older version of his character, but he also carried the final episode of the show. It honestly took me a couple of sittings to get through the last episode because his performance was so heartbreaking that it was hard to watch. He fully deserves to take home this award this year for all the amazing work he did on this show, and I’m confident that he will do so.
Supporting Actress in Limited Series or Movie
The nominees: Emily Watson (Chernobyl), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Vera Farmiga (When They See Us), Patricia Arquette (The Act), Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)
Who I think will win: Patricia Clarkson
I’m going to be fully candid and say that I did not yet get to watch Sharp Objects. However, I have heard so much buzz about Patricia Clarkson in this role, I would not be surprised to see her take home the award.
Who I want to win: Margaret Qualley
Honestly, I just loved Fosse/Verdon so much, and want to see it win as much as it can. Margaret Qualley is slowly building up her resume with some amazing recent roles, and will definitely be someone to watch in the future. Her performance in Fosse/Verdon was great, in such a quiet but effective role of a younger mistress who actually really cared about the wellbeing and happiness of her older boyfriend. And her scenes with Michelle Williams were amazing.
Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie
The nominees: Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal), Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl), Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora), John Leguizamo (When They See Us), Michael K. Williams (When They See Us), Asante Blackk (When They See Us)
Who I think will win: Ben Whishaw
Again I have to be honest, I did not watch A Very English Scandal, I have just been seeing Whishaw’s name everywhere when it comes to predictions for this award, so there you have it!
Who I want to win: Asante Blackk
However, if I could pick the winner of this award it would have to go Asante Blackk. Playing the youngest of the boys in the Central Park Five case in When They See Us, Blackk’s performance was absolutely gut-wrenching. For someone of such a young age to be able to do such a great job in role containing such difficult subject matter, I would love to see him get this award.
Outstanding Drama Series
The nominees: Better Call Saul, Bodyguard, Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession, This Is Us
Who I think will/want to win: Game of Thrones
To be honest, I was not a huge fan of this final season of Game of Thrones. However, I do believe that story aside, the acting, set design, costuming, and basically every other aspect of the show fully deserves this award. GOT has made television history since it premiered in so many ways, and I truly believe that it and everyone involved deserve a final bow by receiving this award, and I believe that the Academy will feel this way as well.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The nominees: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Laura Linney (Ozark)
Who I think will win: Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh has been in the television industry for quite a while and has never gotten the recognition she deserves for all of the amazing work she has done. And I do believe that her role on Killing Eve is the perfect chance for her to get that recognition and that the academy will take this opportunity to give it to her.
Who I want to win: Emilia Clarke
That being said, Emilia Clarke is one of my absolute favorite actresses. And while I did not like Dany’s arc during this last season, her acting was PHENOMENAL. And this award would honestly just reward her for all of her work over the years on GOT, especially with what recently came out about her doing it all while being ill in the first few seasons.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The nominees: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Billy Porter (Pose)
Who I think will/want to win: Kit Harington
Much like with Emilia and GOT in general, while this past season was not great for Jon as a character, Kit has done an amazing job over the years on this show, and this would be a great chance for him to get his final recognition for the role of Jon Snow.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The nominees: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), Julia Garner (Ozark)
Who I think will win: Lena Headey
It is safe to say that Lena Headey was not used anywhere near to her full potential in this final season of GOT. However, I think she will take home this award just because her work as playing Cersei over the years has not yet been recognized by the Emmys, and so this will be the final year for them to award her for all the work she did on this show. And honestly, she would really deserve it, so I won’t be surprised if she wins this title this year.
Who I want to win: Gwendoline Christie
Now I would love for Lena to win, however, if she didn’t for some reason, I would love to see Gwendoline take home the title. Her performance as Bri was so compelling to me over the course of the show for so many reasons, and she played her with grace, honor, and strength. Bri was such a unique female character for a show like this, and it would be awesome for Gwen to get recognized for this.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The nominees: Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)
Who I think will/want to win: Peter Dinklage
I think that this one is obvious. Dinklage has already won this award for his portrayal of Tyrion three times before, and this will be his final GOT bow from the Emmys. He is a clear favorite among the voters, and honestly, he deserves it for all of the amazing work he has done over the years in this role.
So there you have it. My picks for the 2019 Emmy Awards season. And now I'd like to hear from you! What were some of your favorite performances this season, and do you agree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments below, and make sure to give this post a like if you enjoyed it!