The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday.
In recent years, the Emmys have become a predictive affair, with the same shows and actors winning again and again. With Game of Thrones ineligible for this year’s awards (expect it to take home many trophies next year), there’s an opportunity for new (and deserving) nominees to take home the trophy.
Here are five bold predictions for Sunday night’s show.
The Handmaid’s Tale Wins Best Drama
Game of Thrones has dominated this category. Look for The Handmaid’s Tale — Hulu’s series about a dystopian future where a totalitarian government forces the few remaining fertile women to breed against their will — to contend for a win. Given the political tone awards shows have taken since the election, this may be a way for Emmy voters to send a message against government policies restricting women and their reproductive rights. Netflix’s Stranger Things — with its exuberant young actors — may be a dark horse in this category, and while we loved it and its cast, its time may have past.
Elisabeth Moss Wins For Best Actress, Drama
There are many strong actors in this race, including last year’s winner Claire Foy and Oscar winner Viola Davis, but Elisabeth Moss may be poised to win her first Best Actress Emmy (she was previously nominated for her work in Mad Men). Moss plays the besieged handmaid Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale with such strength and vulnerability. Evan Rachel Wood is nominated from another genre show — Westworld — but Moss’ performance and the political push gives her an edge.
Millie Bobby Brown Wins For Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama
While Stranger Things may be shut out of the big prize, Millie Bobby Brown — who plays the telekinetic Eleven — may take home supporting actress honors. Brown showed range well beyond her 13 years (especially considering she was pre-teen when the series was filmed) and voters love rewarding emerging stars. If she wins, she will be the youngest Emmy winner in history.
Black Mirror Wins Outstanding Television Movie
The British sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror has become a bit of a cult favorite, and for good reason: powerful performances and thought-provoking plots. The nominated show — “San Junipero” — is essentially and LGBT love story with a sci-fi twist; the lovers meet in different time periods. Without spoiling too much, it’s both uplifting and sad. And deserving of a win.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Wins Outstanding Reality-TV Competition
While not necessarily a genre show (though it has many components — including alternative voices, imaginative costumes and fantasy-driven challenges), RuPaul’s Drag Race has a strong fandom. RuPaul took home his second consecutive hosting Emmy last week, so the show is on a roll. It’s definitely worth of “condragulations.”
The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday night on CBA. Who do you think will win? Cast your votes below.