Primetime Emmy Nominations 2019- Preview and Predictions- Game of Thrones Nominated for 32 Awards

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Nominations were announced Tuesday morning.  In direct contradiction to many of the disappointed Game of Thrones fans, the final season of Game of Thrones garnered over 32 nominations, which lead to Game of Thrones breaking a long-standing nominations record previously held by NYPD Blue.  Moreover, HBO maintains its long-running dominance of the Emmy Award noms as it picked up a total of 137 nominations!  With all the popularity of streaming channels like Netflix and Prime, HBO is still sitting on the Iron Throne and remains the ruler of the television kingdom.

Now, many critics and fans could argue that this year’s Emmy Awards is slightly tainted as it will be missing some significant powerhouse programs, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, Westworld, The Crown, and The Americans, which are all big fan-favorites that did not release a season within the needed time frame to be considered for the 2019 Emmy season.  Still, for Game of Thrones to experience such a cantankerous backlash by fans and critics alike during the final season, this staggering number of nominations seems to be like the Lord of Light as it raises the series from the dead back into the spotlight for one final time.  Although, as many critics like myself will argue, even the worst season of Game of Thrones still is better television than 99% of other programs.

So, there is no doubt that Game of Thrones is still going to be the show to beat in the drama categories, but there are still many other genres where the competition is fierce. Let’s take a look at the major categories and preview what or who I personally think should win, what or who honestly should win, and what or who will actually win. 

Comedy Series

  • Barry (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
  • Veep (HBO)

What I Personally Want to Win? Fleabag- This is the greatest show that no one really knows about. I just wish it would get all the glory it deserves. Writing and performances like the ones found in this brilliant gem should not go unnoticed by the voters! 

What Honestly Should Win? Fleabag- As for the reasons just stated. 

What Will Win? Veep- HBO is riding a huge momentum wave; plus, its the final season.  Barry could be the upset here, though. This category is coming down to HBO vs. HBO.

Drama Series  

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Bodyguard (Netflix)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • This Is Us (NBC)

What I Personally Want to Win? Ozark- The second season was just amazing writing.

What Honestly Should Win? Killing Eve- It will eventually get its due during an award season, but I just think it’s up against a rating juggernaut this time around. 

What Will Win? Games of Thrones- With 32 nominations and considered one of the greatest shows of all-time, I just do not see its final season not reaping the award show glory.  It’s just too big of a hit to miss out here.

Limited Series

  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
  • Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  • Sharp Objects (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)

What I Personally Want to Win?  Chernobyl- One of the most captivating television experiences this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, I do not understand what you are doing with your life!?!

What Honestly Should Win? Chernobyl- In terms of writing, performances, direction, etc., it is better than its competition in every category.

What Will Win? Chernobyl- Yes, this is HBO’s year once again; they are looking to sweep the top categories.  When They See Us is the only capable upset here.  A worthy opponent, but just not as mesmerizing as Chernobyl.

Television Movie

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War (HBO)
  • Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
  • My Dinner With Herve (HBO)
  • King Lear (Amazon)

What I Personally Want to Win? King Lear (Amazon)- But my affection for this adaptation definitely makes me biased here!

What Honestly Should Win? King Lear (Amazon)

What Will Win? Brexit: The Uncivil War- Let’s be honest, critics and Hollywood like to play on the political spectrum. With no clear front-runner in this category, this seems to be the more common route to go.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

  • Mahershala Ali (True Detective)
  • Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)
  • Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
  • Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
  • Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
  • Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Jared Harris (Chernobyl)- It was such a dark, poignant, and tragic performance.

Who Honestly Should Win? Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)- One of the most underappreciated actors of our time. However, he has been on something of an awards streak these past few years.

Who Will Win? Wow. This is a toss-up.  It will come down to either Jared Harris (Chernobyl) or Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us).  Both performances truly captivated their audiences….yet I look for Harris to sneak out the win here. 

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

  • Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)
  • Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
  • Joey King (The Act)
  • Niecy Nash (When They See Us)
  • Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
  • Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Neicy Nash (When They See Us)

Who Honestly Should Win? Neicy Nash (When They See Us)

Who Will Win? Neicy Nash (When They See Us)- Though I think this category is a no-brainer, the two nominees from When They See Us could split votes, leading to a surprise win. If that happens, look to favorites and veterans in Patricia Arquette or Michelle Williams to pull off a misguided upset. 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place)
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
  • Bill Hader (Barry)
  • Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)- This show finally needs some recognition. 

Who Honestly Should Win? Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)- He is comedic gold on this program. But the show just isn’t in the zeitgeist yet.

Who Will Win? Bill Hader (Barry) looks to be a returning champ here and deservedly so. Hader is really that brilliant in this role!  Nonetheless, Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) could be the upset here. 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
  • Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
  • Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)- It’s simply one of the best comedic performances I’ve ever experienced. Ever.

Who Honestly Should Win? Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)- Nuff said!  

Who Will Win? Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)- I mean, she wins every year. *Yawn*  Why would anyone assume her final season would not earn her another trophy on her mantle?…  Still, she really shouldn’t win. I truly feel Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rachel Brosnahan, and Christina Appelgate all delivered better performances this season.  

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman (Ozark)
  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Billy Porter (Pose)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Jason Bateman (Ozark)– The second season just gripped me; although, I think Laura Linney drove the season more than Bateman.

Who Honestly Should Win? Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Who Will Win? Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)- This is probably the season where Kit finally snags some recognition for playing one of the most iconic characters of television history in Jon Snow.  Do I think his acting deserves this award? No. Do I think his character has earned it? I suppose.  

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
  • Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
  • Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
  • Laura Linney (Ozark)
  • Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
  • Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Laura Linney (Ozark)- She owned every scene she was in this season.  I loved her performance!

Who Honestly Should Win? Laura Linney (Ozark)

Who Will Win? This is a tricky one!  I suppose the favorite is Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), but I just didn’t see it in her performance. I clearly think Laura Linney (Ozark) could steal the throne away from Khaleesi.  Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) wrestles the award away from both these women. The voters seem to love her!

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 

  • Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
  • Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
  • Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
  • Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)- I have been saying since season 1 that Alfie Allen’s acting and what he brought to the character of Theon Greyjoy has grossly been overlooked.  Critics alike have raved about his performances throughout the years. Sure, seasons 3 and 4 were more deserving a win for Allen than this season, but I would be thrilled to see him finally get awarded for his work.

Who Honestly Should Win? Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)

Who Will Win? Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)- This is Dinklage’s award to lose! He’s clearly the favorite; however, it would be interesting to see the voters go a different route and deliver a win to either Allen or co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  Both characters Theon Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister had better arcs, and their acting is just as strong as Dinklage.  I just don’t see the voters pulling that trigger here. Look for Dinklage to capture another award for his performance.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 

  • Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
  • Julia Garner (Ozark)
  • Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
  • Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
  • Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
  • Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)

Who Honestly Should Win? Julia Garner (Ozark)- Yes, with all the Game of Thrones characters in this category, I wish Garner’s performance as Ruth Langmore would get the celebration it deserves.  She was just better than the rest of these performances this season.

Who Will Win? I honestly cannot predict this one.  If I were a betting man, I would put my money on either Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) or Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).  Headey has always been one of the best actresses on television through her performance of Cersei Lannister, and Williams owned this season as Arya Stark…….I mean………***spoiler ahead***……… she killed The Night King.  Still, with four Game of Thrones nominations here, the voters could go anyway or end up splitting the votes around so much that Garner steals a justified win. 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
  • Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
  • Tony Hale (Veep)
  • Stephen Root (Barry)
  • Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Henry Winkler (Barry)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Anthony Carrigan (Barry)– I just love this character! Hysterical.

Who Honestly Should Win? Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)

Who Will Win? I think the two Barry nominees, Anthony Carrigan, and Henry Winker, are the front-runners. HBO’s excessive amount of nominations could doom some of the categories as, once again, they might end up splitting too many votes; thus, I think Alan Arkin takes this one.

Supporting Actress in Comedy Series 

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

  • Olivia Colman (Fleabag)
  • Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
  • Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
  • Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Who I Personally Want to Win? Sian Clifford (Fleabag)- Critics seemed to prefer Colman’s performance on the show, yet I just found Clifford’s performance to be more moving.  The way she emotes the stirring pain she seems to register throughout the show is almost palpable to the viewer.

Who Honestly Should Win?- Olivia Colman (Fleabag)- I know I just argued for why I thought Clifford was the better choice so I seem to be contradicting my own claim here.  There is just no denying how most people viewed Colman’s menacing delivery.

Who Will Win? Sarah Goldberg (Barry)- The show is just a hot choice by voters.  With Fleabag just not as known as an HBO product, Goldberg most likely battles this out with the other HBO nominee in Anna Chlumsky (Veep).  If Goldberg doesn’t take the award, this will probably be a result of Veep just sweeping up votes due to its final hurrah here at the Emmy Awards.

So what are your thoughts on the nominees?  Who do you want to win? Tune in to the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22nd to see how this all plays out!