My Emmy Picks + Watch Party Info

Of course, I’m making Emmy picks this year, I’m having a watch party, aren’t I?

Let’s get that out of the way first. The watch party is Monday at 8pm on Twitch. I’ll be watching from bed, because Fox isn’t streaming the awards anywhere, like a bunch of dummies. So I have to resort to watching it on the old school TV in the bedroom that still has cable for some reason.

Look, I’ll take it. I’ll have a bottle of champagne and some pizza from Jack’s Italian Bakery next to me. This is my new safe food. It is perfect for two night’s worth of dinner and the pepperoni is deliciously spicy. Plus, I get to bake it myself, so it’s done exactly how I want it. Plus plus, it’s only 6 whole dollars and one half dollar. It’s a deal.

I’ll probably have cookies or cannoli from Jack’s too.

(ed note: I will not. I wrote this part before the snow hit and I will NOT be driving all around the icy roads just to give myself a little treat. I’ll probably make pasta and get a little high instead)

I’d love to watch the Emmy’s with people, so if you wanna hang for a (virtual) bed picnic, drop your RSVP here.

Okay now onto the picks!

Directing

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
  • Barry – “Wow”
  • The Bear – “Review”
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – “Four Minutes”
  • The Ms. Pat Show – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
  • Ted Lasso – “So Long, Farewell”
  • Wednesday – “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe”

Ok, so I think this one should and will go to Ted Lasso.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • Andor – “Rix Road”
  • Bad Sisters – “The Prick”
  • The Last of Us – “Long, Long Time”
  • Succession – “America Decides”
  • Succession – “Connor’s Wedding”
  • Succession – “Living +”
  • The White Lotus – “Arrivederci”

I mean, “Connor’s Wedding” was a shocking masterpiece, so I of course want that one to win. However, I think the “Succession” nominations might be a bit oversaturated, so “The White Lotus” or “ The Last of Us” might slip in there.

Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Beef – “Figures of Light”
  • Beef – “The Great Fabricator”
  • Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – “Bad Meat”
  • Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – “Silenced”
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble – “Me Time”
  • Prey

You know what? I’m 99% sure one of the “Beef”s will win this. I didn’t watch Dahmer and will never, because it skeeves me out a whole lot, so I hope it doesn’t win, so maybe they stop making movies and shows about events where the victims are still alive and stuff. HOWEVER, I want this to go to “Fleishman”. It was spectacular and I want it to get some attention, please.

Writing

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
  • Barry – “wow”
  • The Bear – “System”
  • Jury Duty – “Ineffective Assistance”
  • Only Murders in the Building – “I Know Who Did It”
  • The Other Two – “Cary & Brooke Go to an AIDS Play”
  • Ted Lasso – “So Long, Farewell”

This is one pick I’m making that I’m 99% sure will not win. As I was typing out the nominees, I got tears of happy in my eyes that “The Other Two” got nominated for an Emmy at all, but especially writing, because it is honestly one of the most tightly written comedies I’ve watched. So, I want it to win. I want the Dubeks to win something. Especially since Molly Shannon cannot retroactively win for the airplane episode of season one that I can’t think about without tearing up.

I think this’ll go to “The Bear”, in all reality, though. My fingers are crossed for “The Other Two”. All in an all a stacked category that I’d only be mad if “Only Murders” won.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Andor – “One Way Out”
  • Bad Sisters – “The Prick”
  • Better Call Saul – “Point and Shoot”
  • Better Call Saul – “Saul Gone”
  • The Last of Us – “Long, Long Time”
  • Succession – “Connor’s Wedding”
  • The White Lotus – “Arrivederci”

Here’s the problem, y’all.

There is too much good television. I can’t decide if I want “Succession” or “The White Lotus” to win more in this category. HOWEVER, I don’t think either will, as the writing categories are often the place awards voters will award media that isn’t winning the big awards. I think this will go to “The Last of Us”.

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Beef – “The Birds Don’t Sing, They Screech in Pain”
  • Fire Island
  • Fleishman is in Trouble – “Me-Time”
  • Prey
  • Swarm – “Stung”
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Al’s winning this one. No doubt in my mind.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Late Night with Seth Myers
  • The Lat Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live

First off, they had to fight to keep this category in the Emmys broadcast and I’m glad they did, because traditionally, one of my favorite parts of every single Emmy’s broadcast has been the nominees videos for writing for a variety series. All the way back to the Letterman days (which is as far as I can remember), these have been goofy, silly things to represent the writing staff. Plus, the speeches are almost always universally excellent.

This year, I hope to see John Oliver take it. He deserves it the most. ALTHOUGH, I will say that I think SNL is the best it’s been in years. They are leaning into the weird and I love it, so I won’t be mad if they win, too, you know?

Supporting Acting

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank – “Barry”
  • Phil Dunster as Jamie Tartt – “Ted Lasso”
  • Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent – “Ted Lasso”
  • James Marsden as himself – “Jury Duty”
  • Ebon Moss-Bacharach as Richard ‘Richie’ Jerimovich – “The Bear”
  • Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie – “Abbott Elementary”
  • Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau – “Barry”

I mean, honestly? I don’t care who wins this. They are all, every single one, deserving. My heart award would go to Ebon, but I’m gonna hold hope that he wins next year for the absolute masterpiece of an episode, “Forks”.

So, I’m going out on a limb and giving this as a mega surprise upset for James Marsden. He was fearless. Gosh, “Jury Duty” was a fun ride.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Alex Borstein as Susie Myseron – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu – “The Bear”
  • Janelle James as Ava Coleman – “Abbot Elementary”
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard – “Abbot Elementary”
  • Juno Temple as Keeley Jones – “Ted Lasso”
  • Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welston – “Ted Lasso”
  • Jessica Williams as Gaby – “Shrinking”

A-V-AAAAAAA! This is the award all my cheering is going behind. I want Janelle James to win this one so badly. Ava is such a difficult character to make likeable and Janelle James takes it one step further and makes her completely loveable. I have Ava episodes I will watch to boost my spirits. I love her. I love this role. I love Janelle James.

I would also be fine with literally anyone else winning too. This is a stacked category.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • F. Murray Abraham as Bert Di Grasso – “The White Lotus”
  • Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch – “Succession”
  • Michael Imperioli as Dominic Di Grasso – “The White Lotus”
  • Theo James as Cameron Sullivan – “The White Lotus”
  • Matthew Macfayden as Tom Wambsgans – “Succession”
  • Alan Ruck as Connor Roy – “Succession”
  • Will Sharpe as Ethan Spiller – “The White Lotus”
  • Alexander Skarsgård as Lukas Matsson – “Succession”

I can’t remember a time (this doesn’t mean much, I have a shit memory) when an entire category was filled with actors from only two shows. It’s pretty impressive and I love to see it – both of these shows are brilliant.

My pick to win is the old water bottle thrower himself, Tom Wambsgans, played impeccably by Matthew Macfayden.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt – “The White Lotus”
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales – “The Crown”
  • Meghann Fahy as Daphne Sullivan – “The White Lotus”
  • Sabrina Impacciatore as Valentina – “The White Lotus”
  • Aubrey Plaza as Harper Spiller – “The White Lotus”
  • Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler – “Better Call Saul”
  • J. Smith Cameron as Gerri Kellman – “Succession”
  • Simon’s Tabasco as Lucia Greco – “The White Lotus”

Now my opinion here is an unpopular one: I think the best performance of this bunch is Meghann Fahy in “The White Lotus”. Her entire performance was incredibly nuanced, but her best moment of work was in the finale, without words. Just the sun on her face as she reacted to something. The viewer could see the entire process the character went through, plainly played out on Fahy’s face.

It’s a gorgeous piece of work and I’d love to see it rewarded.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Murray Bartlett as Nick De Noia – “Welcome to Chippendales”
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall – “Black Bird”
  • Richard Jenkins as Lionel Dahmer –
    “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”
  • Joseph Lee as George Nakai – “Beef”
  • Ray Liotta as James “Big Jim” Keene – “Black Bird”
  • Young Marino as Paul Cho – “Beef”
  • Jesse Plemons as Allan Gore – “Love & Death”

This one is going to Paul Walter Hauser because he disturbed me so much in “Black Bird that” I couldn’t finish the series. I love him as an actor and I didn’t want him ruined forever for me. This happened with Dylan Baker and the movie “Happiness” and I love PWH too much to let him be tainted by a role in my brain.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Annaleigh Ashford as Irene – “Welcome to Chippendales”
  • Maria Bello as Jordan – “Beef”
  • Claire Danes as Rachel – “Fleishman is in Trouble”
  • Juliette Lewis as Denise – “Welcome to Chippendales”
  • Camila Morrone as Camila Alvarez – “Daisy Jones & the Six”
  • Niecy Nash-Betts as Glenda Cleveland – “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”
  • Merritt Wever as Frankie Piece – “Tiny Beautiful Things”

My heart wants this to go to Claire Danes, because she was brilliant in this role. I have no idea who it will actually go to.

That’s not true. I think it will go to Niecy, who I love, but wish she could win for something else entirely, anything else.

Lead Acting

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Bill Hader as Barry Bergman – “Barry”
  • Jason Siegel as Jimmy Laird – “Shrinking”
  • Martin Short as Oliver Putnam – “Only Murders in the Building”
  • Jason Sudekis as Ted Lasso – “Ted Lasso”
  • Jeremy Allen White as Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto – “The Bear”

Literally anyone other than Martin Short, please. I think it’ll be a showdown between Carmy for his first year and Ted for his last.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate as Jen Harding – “Dead to Me”
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Quinta Brunson as Janine Teague – “Abbot Elementary”
  • Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale – “Poker Face”
  • Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams – “Wednesday”

I would like to see this go to Christina Applegate for a couple reasons, the first being that she was excellent during the entire run of this series. The second reason is because of all the accommodations that were made for her illness to still allow her to play this role. It was really beautiful to see.

However, I’d love to see Natasha Lyonne win – her speech will be so FUN.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase – “The Old Man”
  • Brian Cox as Logan Roy – “Succession”
  • Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy – “Succession”
  • Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman / Gene Takavic – “Better Call Saul”
  • Pedro Pascal as Joel -“The Last of Us”
  • Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy – “Succession”

Kieran Culkin is gonna get his uppies on Emmy Night. He deserves them.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
  • Sharon Horgan as Eva Garvey – “Bad Sisters”
  • Melanie Lynskey as Shauna – “Yellowjackets”
  • Elisabeth Moss as June / Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Bella Ramsey as Ellie – “The Last of Us”
  • Keri Russell as Kete Wyler – “The Diplomat”
  • Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy – “Succesion”

Unless something changes when I watch “Bad Sisters” and my whole opinion changes (this could happen, I already have a strong love for Sharon Horgan because of “Catastrophe”), I’d love to see this go to Melanie Lynskey. Every single performance in this show is astounding, particularly the younger cast. I’ve been a fan of Lynskey since her “Heavenly Creatures” days of the 90s.

It will be interested to see how Bella Ramsey would take winning, as they have been pretty vocal about being against gendered awards categories.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene – “Black Bird”
  • Kumail Nanjiani as Somen Bannerjee – “Welcome to Chippendales”
  • Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer – “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”
  • Daniel Radcliffe as ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”
  • Michael Shannon as “George Jones” – “George & Tammy”
  • Steven Yeun as Danny Cho – “Beef”

StevenYeun is most likely winning this.

But the fan girl in me would love to see Kumail Nanjiani win because I’ve been in love with him since he was just an occasional guest on “Harmontown”. The other fangirl in me would love to see Michael Shannon win, because he plays one of my favorite fictional holiday characters in “The Night Before” and is always perfect. And then the final fangirl would live to see Daniel Radcliffe win for playing ‘Weird Al’ because it just feels right.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
  • Lizzie Caplan as Libby – “Fleishman Is in Trouble”
  • Jessica Chastain as Tammy Wynette – “George & Tammy”
  • Dominique Fishback as Dre – “Swarm”
  • Kathryn Hahn as Clare Piece – “Tiny Beautiful Things”
  • Riley Keough as Daisy Jones – “Daisy Jones & the Six”
  • Ali Wong as Amy Lou – “Beef”

Ali Wong is winning this. I have no doubt.

It would be cool to see Riley Keough win, though, for two reasons. Reason One is that she was in one of my favorite movies of the last decade “Zola”. Reason Two is that my friend Nick Pupo was also in “Daisy Jones” and it would be cool to see someone win an award for something my friend is in.

Programs

Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Abbott Elementary
  • Barry
  • The Bear
  • Jury Duty
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Ted Lasso
  • Wednesday

Literally, literally, LITERALLY, and I cannot stress this enough… anything other than “Only Murders in the Building”.

Outstanding Drama Series
  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • House of the Dragon
  • The Last of Us
  • Succession
  • The White Lotus

I think “Succession”’s perfect landing makes them the winner.

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
  • Beef
  • Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer Story
  • Daisy Jones & the Six
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi”

Beef” got this bagged up in a to go container already.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
  • The Amazing Race
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Survivor
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Drag Race. But the real winner is Australian Survivor.

Outstanding Talk Series
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Late Night with Seth Myers
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • The Problem with John Stewart

Pass. I mean, honestly, this category does nothing for me. Colbert, I guess?

Outstanding Scripted Variety Series
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Saturday Night Live

I’m down for a tie here. They can split it in threes!

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
  • The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rhianna
  • Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
  • Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium
  • The Oscars
  • 75th Annual Tony Awards

Something tickles me to no end about giving an award to an awards show. The Oscars always have fucked up sound so I’m giving it to the Tonys.

Watch Party

Awards shows are my literal jam and I love watching with people. Mickey’s schedule has him working, so let’s hang out virtually.

If you wanna be on camera with me, let me know and I’ll send a link. Otherwise visit yourfavoriteepisode.com to hang out in chat and hear my unfiltered yellings.

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