The 74th Annual Emmy Awards are finally upon us as Hollywood comes together to celebrate the year’s best in television.
There has been plenty to talk about since J.B. Smoove and Melissa Fumero announced this year’s nominees in a brutally unfunny fashion on July 12.
“Succession” leads all shows with 25 nominations, but it wasn’t the only established title to come back strong this year. “Barry,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Ted Lasso” all turned in memorable, inventive and thoroughly entertaining seasons that have put them all in great position coming into tonight.
Plenty of new shows and limited seasons have also burst onto the scene. “Severance” has positioned itself as a dark-horse entrant in multiple categories, while “The White Lotus” seems to have caught the Television Academy’s eye in a big way.
Here are some of tonight’s biggest battles for awards and predictions for how they’ll turn out:
The award for Outstanding Drama Series is arguably the most prestigious that will be handed out tonight. And the main shows in contention are the genre’s gold standard.
“Better Call Saul” is my favorite for the category. It has done what no one thought was possible, spinning off from one of the greatest TV shows of all time, “Breaking Bad,” and taking its beloved characters to new heights.
The beautifully-written character study of an ambitious, morally questionable attorney has long served as a vehicle for phenomenal performances from its powerhouse cast, especially from Bob Odenkirk as the titular Saul Goodman and Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, his partner in law and love. Both of them will almost certainly go home with trophies for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, respectively.