2019 Emmy Predictions, Part 4: Acting in a Drama Series

So now we’re on to drama. These are sort of all over the place and I don’t quite feel good about my picks for any of them besides supporting actor.

DRAMA ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Crossing my fingers for Bob Odenkirk this year

Crossing my fingers for Bob Odenkirk this year

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark

  • Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

  • Billy Porter, Pose

  • Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us

Ummm. There’s no real heavy hitter in this category this year, which means it really should be Bob Odenkirk’s turn for Better Call Saul, but I just question the show’s momentum. It’s so quiet at the moment- will voters flock to him? I don’t know this Ozark show, but Jason Bateman is pretty beloved in the industry, so he may win in lieu of another favorite. I don’t think Harington will win lead actor, despite the enormous amount of love for Game of Thrones’s final season (from the Emmys, not the public). Ehh..I’m unsure.

Winner: Bob Odenkirk (really hoping his time has come)

Alternate: Jason Bateman 

Dark Horse: Billy Porter (this would be great, and a big surprise and boost for Pose)

DRAMA ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

This would sort of be an upset, but not to anyone who actually watches  Killing Eve

This would sort of be an upset, but not to anyone who actually watches Killing Eve

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

  • Laura Linney, Ozark

  • Mandy Moore, This is Us

  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

I’m taking this category for my one wild dart and predicting who I desperately want to win, and that’s Jodie Comer. Most people think Sandra Oh will take it this time, as an overdue vet in the industry, but if you actually watch Killing Eve, you will see that Comer is the biggest revelation on it and the true factor in making you want to continue watching. I’m just going to go for it with her. Sometimes surprises occur, especially if people actually view the submission tapes, and hers is a killer.

Winner: Jodie Comer

Alternate: Sandra Oh

Dark Horse: Laura Linney

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR

Look for Peter Dinklage to win Emmy no. 4

Look for Peter Dinklage to win Emmy no. 4

  • Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards

  • Chris Sullivan, This is Us

Now, for this one I feel pretty good about predicting Peter Dinklage as Game of Throne’s acting trophy for the final season, and his fourth one for the role of Tyrian Lannister. He’s always been the face of the show and unless one of the other people pulls it off this year, will remain the only actor to win an Emmy for their performance on the series. I’m fine with that choice too, as he’s great and I don’t think the other guys in the category are particularly better than him.

Winner: Peter Dinklage

Alternate: Jonathan Banks

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS

I don’t watch this show, but I’ve heard she’s the only good thing about it

I don’t watch this show, but I’ve heard she’s the only good thing about it

  • Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

  • Julia Garner, Ozark

  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

  • Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

With a record four actresses from Game of Thrones vying for the award here, it’s a pretty good bet none of them takes it, but if anyone could, I guess it might be Maisie Williams? Of the four, she’s the only one who had much to do in these last episodes. I always wanted Lena Headey to win an Emmy for Cersei, but she couldn’t possibly win it for hanging around on a balcony drinking wine all season, right? Or can she? I don’t know, I think this may go to Julia Garner or even Fiona Shaw, just for standing apart in the category.

Winner: Julia Garner

Alternate: Maisie Williams

Dark Horse: Fiona Shaw