Saturday, September 19, 2020

2020 Emmy predictions

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented (virtually) tomorrow night. Meryl of course is up in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in season two of HBO's Big Little Lies. 

While I'm glad Meryl scored a nom, I'm not super optimistic about her chances at securing a win. Below are my predictions in her category, from most likely to least likely to win.

Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Sarah Snook (Succession)
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

I'm an enormous fan of The Crown and think Bonham Carter would be a deserving winner (as would her fellow nominee in Lead, Olivia Colman). I think this could end up being a surprise category, however. I've never seen Ozark, but critics have regularly praised Garner for her work, and she won last year for the same role. Laura Dern won two years before that, but after her Oscar win this year and the fact that the second season of BLL wasn't as well-received, I was actually a tad surprised she made the cut for a nom. I would not mind at all if Sarah Snook took this--Succession is one of my favorite new shows of the last five years. 

Here's hoping Meryl can score the upset. In other categories, I'm rooting for any and all nominees up for Succession and Schitt's Creek.


  1. Hi Jeff,do you think Meryl's submission for Emmy is weak?she was contending for BLL 2x7 episode (i.e. finale the one with court /trial scene) whereas her earlier episode was much meatier and flashier..i was wondering if it would've increase her odds if other episode was submitted..

    1. I thought the exact same thing! Yes, the court room scene is very dramatic, but I think episode 1-2 (like the scream scene!!!) were potentially a greater showcase of her performance.

      I'm not sure if it would've been enough regardless.

    2. Please give us 1987 to take our minds off the loss..

    3. Please! I've already worked out where I'm going to be when we re-imagine 1992!

      I think too much time passed between BLL2 and the voting season. I'm not sorry, I don't think season 2 was strong enough to house Meryl's performance