The 2017 prime time Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 17, but the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony which took place this week may give us a portent over who will be the big winners on Sunday.
Since the entire ceremony is historic for the number of African American nominees here are some we think will win.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Gerald McRaney won the Emmy for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in This Is Us, which seems to indicate Sterling K. Brown will be triumphant in this category. His competition includes his This Is Us dad Milo Ventimiglia, House of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey, Better Call Saul Star Bob Odenkirk, Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber, The Americans star Matthew Rhys and Westworld‘s Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins could pull of a surprise win, HBO is always an Emmy favorite and Hopkins is an acting legend.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
This looks like a three person race between Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, Stranger Things breakout star Millie Bobby Brown and This Is Us‘ Chrissy Metz. Each of their shows has been honored a number of times, with each other their performances also garnering praise and buzz when the shows were airing new episodes. But then there’s The Handmaid’s Tale stars Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley, both actresses lauded for their work in the show and other timely projects like The Leftovers and Orange Is the New Black. Previous winner Uzo Aduba is also in the running.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Move over Jeffrey Tambor! Donald Glover will take home at least one award for Atlanta at the 2017 ceremony, likely this top one.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live reigned supreme at the Creative Arts ceremony and Alec Baldwin will likely beat out Veep favorite Tony Hale and Baskets‘ Louie Anderson for this award. How Tituss Burgess of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has never won remains quite the mystery. Other nominees include Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Matt Walsh for Veep.
Stephen Colbert hosts the 2017 Emmys, which air Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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