This year, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. As with any award show, the fun part for the viewers is being able to make your own predictions. This year’s field of nominees is full of newcomers such as Rami Malek of the USA Network technological thriller “Mr. Robot,” and veterans like Julia Louis-Dreyfus of the HBO comedy “Veep.” Below are my predictions in acting categories for who I think will leave with a golden statuette on Sept. 18.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
My Pick: Rami Malek as Elliot in “Mr. Robot”
Reason: Rami Malek’s performance as programmer/hacker Elliot Alderson in the first season of “Mr. Robot” took the nation by storm. His paranoia, breaking of the fourth wall, and downward spiraling mental state made for a thrilling watch week after week. Malek faces tough competition from the likes of Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul,” and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in “House of Cards.”
Lead Actress in a Drama series
Reason: Maslany plays six different characters without missing a beat. Each of these characters is a clone of the main character, Sarah, but they all come with their own personalities, problems, and complicated backgrounds. Maslany puts in an insane amount of effort season after season. Hopefully this is the year she’s rewarded for her hard work.
Lead actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
My Pick: Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Reason: Cuba Gooding Jr.’s portrayal of the infamous O.J. Simpson this past spring wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t amazing. But I imagine the hype and excitement around the show will be the driving force in helping him win his first Emmy. Gooding’s competition comes from Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO movie “All The Way.”
Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
My Pick: Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Reason: Sarah Paulson’s portrayal of the unfairly criticized head prosecutor was second none. I would even argue that Paulson’s character, Marcia Clark, should have been the main focus of the show. Paulson is well known for her various roles in the “American Horror Story” anthology, but I think her work in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” will change that.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Reason: This was a tough one. Anthony Anderson is hilarious as Dre Johnson in ABC’s “Black-ish.” His quick witted one-liners and over the top attempts at being the perfect husband and father make for plenty of laughs. Aziz Ansari is just as funny in his performance as the indecisive Dev Shah in the Netflix comedy “Master of None.” I’ll be shocked if anyone other than Anderson or Ansari wins this category.
Lead actress in a Comedy Series
My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”
Reason: Absolutely no competition here. Julia Louis-Dreyfus kills it as Selina Meyer. Her sharp, dry, and blunt humor makes the show so much fun to watch.
My Pick: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Reason: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, and Jane Krakowski make for a funny foursome. Their outlandish problems and unconventional solutions are just part of the reason why this show is so easy to binge watch. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is up against tough competition with the likes of “Veep” and “Master of None” also nominated in the category, but I’m hoping the Tina Fey created series can pull out the win.
My Pick:”Mr. Robot”
Reason: The first season of “Mr. Robot” had everything a good show needs: suspense, drama, complex characters, and plenty of twists. It was easily one of the best shows of the last year. “Mr. Robot” is nominated alongside Emmy heavyweights “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” and “House of cards” in this category, but I think the Sam Esmail created series has what it takes to come out victorious.
Want to make your own predictions? Go to www.emmys.com for a full list of categories and nominees. Coverage of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC at 8p.m. ET.