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Emmys 2016: See Our Predictions For The Awards
Tracee Ellis Ross Is The 1st Black Woman In 30 Years To Snag A Best Comedy Actress Emmy Nom

Emmys 2016: See Okayplayer's Predictions For The Winners

Tracee Ellis Ross Is The 1st Black Woman In 30 Years To Snag A Best Comedy Actress Emmy Nom

The Emmys come on at 5 p.m. on ABC Sunday night, and it seems like every year, television is becoming packed with more and more great new shows. While mainstays like Game of Thrones continue to dominate with half a dozen seasons of memories and fans, unique new dramas like Mr. Robot are making a mark as well. Netflix also continue to open up the categories, with shows like Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt taking advantage of streaming, binge-ready formats. Below, read the Okayplayer staff's picks for some of the key categories in the Emmys. Who will you be pulling for?


Best Drama Series

The Americans (FX)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Mr. Robot (USA)

Homeland (Showtime)

It's an underdog considering the heavy hitters that it's up against. But Mr. Robot, a drama about an antisocial hacking wunderkind who was recruited by a mysterious man to take down the biggest corporation in the world, is packed with the suspense and mind-bending plot twists that award-winning, cult classic shows are made of. - William E. Ketchum III


Best Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Modern Family (ABC)

Master of None (Netflix)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Black-ish (ABC)

While "diversity" has long been a buzzword in TV and film, Master of None arguably illustrates the idea at its best. The Aziz Ansari creation brings in characters of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations, and instead of plugging them into the usual bland roles, it actually gives a look into what those diverse experiences are like. Still, the show focuses on everyone's commonalities more than their differences: the struggles of modern dating, and the hilarious intricacies of everyday life. - William E. Ketchum III


Best Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler (Bloodline)

Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Rami Malek's character of Elliot in Mr. Robot seems difficult to portray, but he nails it: a drug-addled, antisocial hacking genius who seems permanently detached from the world around him, while desperately searching for some sense of normality. Despite being a relatively emotionless character, you still feel for Elliott — a testament to Malek's nuanced performance. - William E. Ketchum III

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Viola Davis commands the role that even makes people who love Scandal envious. Her taking home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama will give her stock a rise after the not-so-well-received, Suicide Squad. - Kevito Clark


Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Aziz Ansari (Master of None)

Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Aziz Ansari seems to essentially be playing himself - an up-and-coming commercial actor - in Master of None, but that doesn't make his performance any less compelling. In his new show, he's one of many 20-somethings trying to figure out the weird worlds of dating and dream-chasing in 2016, and he does so by finding comedic gems in everyday situations that most of us take for granted. - William E. Ketchum III


Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Laurie Metcalf (Getting On)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)

Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

In her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in Black-ishTracee Ellis Ross is arguably the most multidimensional black TV mother viewers have seen since Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Vivian Banks. She continues the same awkward nerdiness that added to her charm in Girlfriends, but she doesn't shy away from physical comedy. Ellis Ross also brings wit and intelligence that translate into holding down a husband and children who are just as brilliant as she is, while putting in grueling hours as a surgeon. Even with two young seasons in, she's already earned a spot in the pantheon of black TV mothers, and an Emmy Award would be well-deserved. - William E. Ketchum III


Best Television Movie

A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

All the Way (HBO)

Confirmation (HBO)

Luther (BBC One)

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Full of tension, terse moments and led by Idris Elba, Luther is up against some staunch competition for Best Limited Series or TV Movie Emmy award. But if you've seen Season 4 of the show, you'll know why they should come out with the win. - Kevito Clark


Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Bryan Cranston (All the Way)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Abominable Bride)

Idris Elba (Luther)

Cuba Gooding Jr. (The People v. O.J. Simpson)

Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)

Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson)

In what Cuba Gooding Jr. lacked in physical impression of O.J. Simpson, he made up in captivating acting, as the world dove back into that white Bronco and rode with Mr. Gooding Jr. hopefully to an award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Television Movie. - Kevito Clark


Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)

Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill)

Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson)

Lili Taylor (American Crime)

Kerry Washington (Confirmation)

"Kerry Washington channels Anita Hill in another look at early '90s scandal-filled politics. You feel for her so much that it is almost a guarantee that she takes home the prize for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie." - Kevito Clark

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