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TV Time's 2019 Emmy Predictions

Both halves of this famous fictional couple were nominated after their stunning performance in the final season of "Game of Thrones". HBO

With the Emmys just around the corner, fans are eager to find out which shows are destined to take home the awards this season. Three shows dominate the categories this year. The ever-popular "Game of Thrones" gave us a thrilling and cinematic final season with some truly iconic moments -- despite controversial opinions about how it ultimately concluded. The groundbreaking "Chernobyl" was a thoroughly impactful limited series, and it certainly has plenty of fans rooting for it. Then, of course, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is a solid choice full of strong leads and charming witticisms. 

We used our TV Time data to predict the winners based on which shows were the most tracked and which stars got the most votes during the Emmy eligibility time frame. We even went a step further to get some hot takes on those predictions from our team! 

Outstanding Drama Series

  • "Better Call Saul"
  • "Bodyguard"
  • "Game of Thrones" *TV Time Winner
  • "Killing Eve"
  • "Ozark"
  • "Pose"
  • "Succession"
  • "This Is Us" *TV Time Runner-up
"If you want a safe bet, put your money on 'Game of Thrones' to win best drama. When the biggest show of the last 20 years goes off the air for good, voters take notice." - Maren, VP, Consumer & Product Marketing

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • "Barry"
  • "Fleabag"
  • "The Good Place" *TV Time Winner
  • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  • "Russian Doll" *TV Time Runner-Up
  • "Schitt’s Creek"
  • "Veep"
"As much as I adored the hilariously unforgettable first season of 'Russian Doll', I really think 'The Good Place' is set to win this year. Every single character on 'The Good Place' is perfectly cast and lovingly written, the show's sharp wit is always genuinely clever, and not many comedy shows can send you spiraling into an existential crisis over morality and ethics." - Rhonda, Community Manager

Outstanding Limited Series

  • "Chernobyl" *TV Time Runner-Up
  • "Escape at Dannemora"
  • "Fosse/Verdon"
  • "Sharp Objects" *TV Time Winner
  • "When They See Us"
"My money is on 'Chernobyl' to win the limited series category. From the meticulous set design, to the haunting music, to the raw acting on the screen, the show felt like event television even airing immediately after the conclusion of 'Game of Thrones' this year. The show felt topical while watching it, given our current political environment and I think people were blown away by it, regardless of their familiarity with the event." - Christy, Sr. Editorial and Operations Director

Outstanding Drama Actress 

  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Winner
  • Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
  • Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
  • Laura Linney (Ozark)
  • Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
  • Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)
"While MY No. 1 pick would be Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, out of these two actresses, I do really think it will go to Emilia Clarke. Aside from the fact that it’s her last chance to win an Emmy as Daenerys, I also think she did a great job in the final season of 'Game of Thrones'. The scene where she’s on Drogon’s back, overlooking King’s Landing, and we see her contemplating & ultimately making the decision that will end up deciding her fate — that really screamed Emmy-winner to me." - Emily, Managing Editor (TheTVDB)

Outstanding Drama Actor 

  • Jason Bateman (Ozark)
  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Winner
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Billy Porter (Pose)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) *TV Time Runner-Up
"In a moving season that delved deeper into Jack's past and explored his Vietnam war experience, shattering his image as the perfect father in the eyes of the viewers (as well as his own children) in the process, Ventimiglia delivered consistently stellar performances which definitely make him worthy of awards recognition in my book." - Jonathan, Community Intern

Outstanding Comedy Actress 

  • Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) *TV Time Winner
  • Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
"I think this is a fair prediction given that Natasha Lyonne in 'Russian Doll' was a great and funny watch, and a lot of the lines in the show were very 'relatable' to the viewers, so I thought it resonated well with today's audience." - Zach, Social Media Manager 

Outstanding Comedy Actor 

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place) *TV Time Winner
  • Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
  • Bill Hader (Barry) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
"Bill Hader has somehow transformed a stone cold assassin into one of the most lovable protagonists on tv and he deserves every statue for this portrayal. But because he won last year, back to back wins are rare and make it unlikely he will clinch the repeat. The always lovable Ted Danson has been at his best as the shows central guide to the afterlife, but with him lacking a strong character arc this season, I would pen him in for a win for next year's final season." - Weylin, Full Stack Software Engineer

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Amy Adams (Sharp Objects) *TV Time Winner
  • Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
  • Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)
  • Joey King (The Act)
  • Niecy Nash (When They See Us) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
"Adams' portrayal of Camille Preaker, the troubled journalist investigating murders in her hometown while confronting her painful past, is truly impressive. Dealing with a character that could easily drift into the alcoholic journalist cliché, her performance gave depth to Camille and made sure that the audience sympathized with this complex character. Adams' definitely deserves the recognition." - Gosia, Media Relations 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 

  • Mahershela Ali (True Detective)
  • Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
  • Jared Harris (Chernobyl) *TV Time Winner
  • Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
  • Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)
"I think Jared Harris has a fantastic shot at winning the Emmy. His portrayal of Soviet Scientist Valery Legasov compelled the audience to really feel the weight of responsibility on his shoulders, the frustration of being dragged down by ignorant bureaucracy, and the struggle of trying to do the right thing in spite of the personal risks." - Matt, Director of Data Engineering

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 

  • Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
  • Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
  • Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Winner
  • Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
  • Julia Garner (Ozark)
"Maisie Williams is a solid bet, but I think her biggest competition is actually Gwendoline Christie rather than Sophie Turner. Christie turned in one of the best performances of the last season and deserves mad respect for submitting herself for an Emmy nomination, a move that would surely make Ser Brienne of Tarth proud." - Andrea, Director of UX

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 

  • Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
  • Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) *TV Time Winner
  • Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
  • Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)
"Although Alfie Allen is my favorite supporting actor in Game of Thrones, and perhaps the most deserving of this year's award, I believe Peter Dinklage will ultimately be the winner and Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau the runner up. Despite lackluster writing in the show's final season, Dinklage remained one of the show's highlights and has name recognition that Allen lacks." - Scott, Senior Full Stack Developer

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 

  • Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
  • Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
  • Olivia Coleman (Fleabag)
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) *TV Time Winner
  • Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
"Overall, I admire all of the women in this category … However, I wish the academy would cool it on the 'Maisel' and give the Emmy to Betty Gilpin this year. She absolutely killed it in Season 2 of 'GLOW'. It’s one of the few seasons I’ve rewatched in recent years, and I was “Liberty Belle” for Halloween. If she doesn’t win, i’ll be baking a lot of “pies of rage." - Natalie, Sr. Editor 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 

  • Anthony Carrigan (Barry) *TV Time Runner-Up
  • Stephen Root (Barry)
  • Henry Winkler (Barry)
  • Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
  • Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) *TV Time Winner
  • Tony Hale (Veep)
"I'm torn about who should win this category! Both Tony Shalhoub and Anthony Carrigan brought these characters, that could have just been sitcom caricatures, to life. We've all seen the neurotic Jewish man and Eastern European mobster on TV but the writing and acting made these characters stand out beautifully." - Sasha, Data Scientist 

Got your own opinions? Tell us in the comments! 

*The 2019 TV Time Emmy Predictions are based on the most-watched series and in-app character votes during the Emmy eligibility period: 6/1/2018-5-31-2019.