A Look At Emmy Awards Predictions: Black-Ish, Issa Rae, Donald Glover

With the World Cup ending, are you hoping to sneak another office pool in this summer? Maybe host a viewing party like you did for the Oscars? You should review this before you try to out-ballot your friends and colleagues.

The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards came out Thursday and it’s a lot of the usual suspects.

Game of Thrones is back at the top after a year off, leading all shows with 22 nominations, even though lead actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke were left out.

The gang from Westeros barely beat out fellow HBO show Westworld, which got 21 nominations of its own.

Yet, all those nominations for Game of Thrones and Westworld were not enough for HBO (108 nominations) to lead the networks/producers. Their 17-year run of getting the most nominations was snapped by Netflix (112 nominations), something that would have boggled the mind of TV execs when that streak started at the turn of the millennium.

Despite Netflix’ historic nomination numbers, it may be competitor Hulu going home with the glory. Hulu’s hit show The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 20 noms of its own, is the early favorite to win Best Drama Series, just as it did last year, while the show’s star, Elisabeth Moss, is favored to win Lead Actress in a Drama.

The Lead Actor in a Drama category is being dominated by the cast of This Is Us, with Sterling K Brown and Milo Ventimiglia boasting the best odds of winning at the moment.

People putting money down on Lead Actress in a Comedy won’t be able to rely on the woman who’s won the last five in a row as Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t even nominated. With Selena Meyer relegated to the sideline, a first-time winner will be crowned in the category, either Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Allison Janney (Mom), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), or Issa Rae (Insecure).

Brosnaham is getting the early love.

Fans could see a repeat winner in the Best Actor in a Comedy category, where reigning champ Donald Glover (Atlanta) is up against previous winner Ted Danson (The Good Place) along with Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Bill Hader (Barry), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

If you’re planning to go big and place a bet online for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or Atlanta (there’s nothing Donald Glover can’t do at this point), we hope we can help you make the right call. Please be responsible, actually learn how to bet, and also don’t underestimate the fan following of ‘This is Us’.

Whether watching for fun or putting money on the line, you can catch the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC on Monday, September 17th (8:00 PM ET).