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Emmy Awards 2016: who could win, who should win, who will win

Aleesha Matharu | Updated on: 18 September 2016, 2:46 IST

Hey fellow TV junkies, the Emmys awards are upon us again!

The 68th Emmy Awards air on Sunday, 18 September in the US (early Monday morning in India), and this year Fox has roped in Jimmy Kimmel to take the stage for the second time as host.

In this day and age, most of do spend hours upon hours watching what is no longer referred to the "idiot box" - whether we're streaming it on Netflix, other video on-demand services, our beloved watcheries or on a Star World, Colors Infinity and the like.

So during this golden age of TV, where there are terrific shows to choose from, these awards are more relevant than ever.

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The Academy, it seems, finally woke up this year around and has been rectifying past mistakes (like Modern Family winning for a fifth time last year and Jim Parsons picking up his fourth outstanding lead comedy actor award for The Big Bang Theory - a show that it sits "comfortably at the bottom of the barrel" of critical opinion according to TIME) with a nominee list that is heavy on innovative newcomers like Mr Robot, black-ish and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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So will it be Game of Thrones that walks away with the maximum awards for the recent brutal Season 6? And will Veep take home the best comedy series trophy again? Or will first-time series nominations for shows like The Americans, black-ish or Mr Robot result in any upsets?

Like we said last year, predictions are dangerous, but we weren't too far off the mark at all.

Here's what to expect for the big ones this year:

Outstanding Drama Series

The nominees:

The Americans (FX)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Mr Robot (USA)

Will win: Game of Thrones

Should win: The Americans

Could win: Mr Robot

Limited series

The nominees:

American Crime

Fargo

The Night Manager

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Roots

Will win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Should win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Could win: The Night Manager

Comedy series

The nominees:

black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

Will win: Veep

Should win: black-ish

Could win: Master of None

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The nominees:

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Taraji P Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Keri Russell, The Americans

Will win: Viola Davis

Should win: Keri Russell

Could win: Tatiana Maslany

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

The nominees:

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Will win: Rami Malek

Should win: Without a second thought, Rami Malek. No other choice makes sense in this category.

Could win: Mathew Rhys. He's been snubbed for far too long, so guilt could be his winning mantra - Leonardo Di Caprio's recent Oscar is indicative of that trend. It's also hard to fully knock out Bob Odendirk from the race too, the man is so unobtrusively good at doing what he does in Better Call Saul. He's a consistent performer who also gets consistently overlooked.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The nominees:

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Will win: Kit Harrington

Should win: Jonathan Banks

Could win: Peter Dinklage. He's everyone's favourite Game of Thrones character after all.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

The nominees:

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Will win: Lena Headey

Should win: Lena Headey. Not much to say here. Headey for the win she deserves.

Could win: Constance Zimmer. She had an incredible first season on UnReal that could swoop in and steal the trophy.

Lead actor in a limited series

The nominees:

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Idris Elba, Luther

Cuba Gooding Jr., The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Courtney B Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Will win: Tom Hiddleston

Should win: Tom Hiddleston

Could win: Courtney B Vance

Lead actress in a limited series

The nominees:

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grille

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Will win: Sarah Paulson

Should win: Sarah Paulson

Could win: Anybody else, because it really is Paulson's year.

Supporting actor in a limited series or movie

The nominees:

Jesse Plemons, Fargo

Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

Sterling K Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Will win: Sterling K Brown

Should win: Sterling K Brown

Could win: Jesse Plemons

Supporting actress in a limited series or movie

The nominees:

Melissa Leo, All The Way

Regina King, American Crime

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel

Jean Smart, Fargo

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Will win: Melissa Leo

Should win: Jean Smart

Could win: Olivia Colman

Lead actor in a comedy

The nominees:

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Will Forte, Last Man on Earth

William H Macy, Shameless

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Will win: Jeffrey Tambor

Should win: Anthony Anderson

Could win: Aziz Ansari

Lead actress in a comedy

The nominees:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Laurie Metcalf, Getting On

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Should win: Tracee Ellis Ross

Could win: Amy Schumer

Supporting actor in a comedy series

The nominees:

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

Will win: Louie Anderson

Should win: Louie Anderson

Could win: Matt Walsh

Supporting actress in a comedy series

The nominees:

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Will win: Judith Light

Should win: Allison Janney

Could win: Allison Janney

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The nominees:

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Episode 8

David Benioff and DB Weiss, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards

Sam Esmail, Mr Robot, eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Americans, Persona Non Grata

Robert King and Michelle King, The Good Wife, End

Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnREAL, Return

Will win: David Benioff and DB Weiss, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards

Should win: Sam Esmail, Mr Robot, eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)

Could win: Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnREAL, Return

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The nominees:

Matthew Engler, Downton Abbey, Episode 9

Jack Bender, Game of Thrones, The Door

Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, The Tradition of Hospitality

David Hollander, Ray Donovan, Exsuscito

Steven Soderbergh, The Knick, This Is All We Are

Will win: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards

Should win: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards

Directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special

The nominees:

Jay Roach, All The Way

Noah Hawley, Fargo

Susanne Bier, The Night Manager

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Anthony Hemingway, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Will win: Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson, From the Ashes of Tragedy

Should win: Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson, From the Ashes of Tragedy

Outstanding Directing, Comedy

The nominees:

Aziz Ansari, Master Of None

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley

Jill Soloway, Transparent

Dave Mandel, Veep

Chris Addison, Veep

Dale Stern, Veep

Will win: Jill Soloway, Transparent

Should win: Jill Soloway, Transparent

Best Television Movie

The nominees:

A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

All the Way (HBO)

Confirmation (HBO)

Luther (BBC One)

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Will win: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Should win: Luther (BBC One)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The nominees:

The Amazing Race (CBS)

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

Will win: The Amazing Race (CBS)

Should win: American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Best Variety Talk Series

The nominees:

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Will win: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Should win: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC). Fallon has breathed new life into the Tonight Show.

Best Variety Sketch Series

The nominees:

Documentary Now! (IFC)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Portlandia (IFC)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Will win: Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Should win: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

There you have it. Catch's predictions for the 2016 Emmy Awards. Join us Monday as we find out all the choices we got wrong (and maybe a few we got right).

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First published: 18 September 2016, 2:46 IST
 
Aleesha Matharu @almatharu

Born in Bihar, raised in Delhi and schooled in Dehradun, Aleesha writes on a range of subjects and worked at The Indian Express before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not at work you can find her glued to the TV, trying to clear a backlog of shows, or reading her Kindle. Raised on a diet of rock 'n' roll, she's hit occasionally by wanderlust. After an eight-year stint at Welham Girls' School, Delhi University turned out to be an exercise in youthful rebellion before she finally trudged her way to J-school and got the best all-round student award. Now she takes each day as it comes, but isn't an eternal optimist.

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