Emmy season is once again upon us and some of Hollywood’s best stars will be vying for awards. Actors such as Rami Malek and Keri Russell are up for their first Emmy awards ever while others such as Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Benedict Cumberbatch have won before. Here are our predictions for which actors will win in the major acting categories at the 2016 Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 18:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson - “Black-ish”
- Aziz Ansari - “Master of None”
- Will Forte - “The Last Man on Earth”
- William H. Macy - “Shameless”
- Thomas Middleditch - “Silicon Valley”
- Jeffrey Tambor - “Transparent”
The last season of “Black-ish” was a hit among critics thanks in part to Anthony Anderson’s great character, Andre. Anderson should win the award but could be challenged by Aziz Ansari who received praise for his role in “Master of None,” as well as the always funny Will Forte.
Prediction: Anthony Anderson
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Ellie Kemper - “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus - “Veep”
- Laurie Metcalf - “Getting On”
- Tracee Ellis Ross - “Black-ish”
- Amy Schumer - “Inside Amy Schumer”
- Lily Tomlin - “Grace and Frankie”
Like Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish,” Tracee Ellis-Ross also plays a lovable character on the ABC show, but Ellie Kemper should run away with the award for her portrayal as Kimmy Schmidt, especially after the great second season which showed Schmidt as a character with more emotions.
Prediction: Ellie Kemper
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Kyle Chandler - “Bloodline”
- Rami Malek - “Mr. Robot”
- Bob Odenkirk - “Better Call Saul”
- Matthew Rhys - “The Americans”
- Liev Schreiber - “Ray Donovan”
- Kevin Spacey - “House of Cards”
With Jon Hamm and “Mad Men” gone, 2016 could finally be the year that Kevin Spacey wins for his role in “House of Cards.” Unfortunately for Spacey, Rami Malek, Bob Odenkirk and Kyle Chandler will all challenge him. Chandler has previously won an Emmy before in 2011 for his work on “Friday Night Lights,” while Odenkirk’s “Better Caul Saul” is a spin-off of the Emmy favorite, “Breaking Bad.” The Bryan Cranston-led show and its actors won a total of 12 Emmys during its five-year run.
Prediction: Bob Odenkirk
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Claire Danes - “Homeland”
- Viola Davis - “How to Get Away with Murder”
- Taraji P. Henson - “Empire”
- Tatiana Maslany - “Orphan Black”
- Keri Russell - “The Americans”
- Robin Wright - “House of Cards”
Both 2015 winner Viola Davis and 2015 nominee Taraji P. Henson have been favorites for this award in the past but with the dwindling popularity of their shows, someone else will take the award. After getting her first Emmy nomination last year, “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany may finally get to make up for her 2015 snub.
Prediction: Tatiana Maslany
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Kirsten Dunst - “Fargo”
- Felicity Huffman - “American Crime”
- Audra McDonald - “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
- Sarah Paulson - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
- Lili Taylor - “American Crime”
- Kerry Washington - “Confirmation”
While Kerry Washington’s acting in “Confirmation” was praised, it was Sarah Paulson who stole the show in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” as Marcia Clark. Paulson has previously been nominated for Emmys for her work on “American Horror Story” but has never won.
Prediction: Sarah Paulson
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Bryan Cranston - “All the Way”
- Benedict Cumberbatch - “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”
- Idris Elba - “Luther”
- Cuba Gooding Jr. - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
- Tom Hiddleston - “The Night Manager”
- Courtney B. Vance - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Like Paulson in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Courtney B. Vance’s portrayal of Johnnie Cochran was one of the most praised roles in the series. While other nominees such as Tom Hiddleston and Bryan Cranston have won Emmys before, it’s clear that Vance will beat them all.
Prediction: Courtney B. Vance
The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.