Out of all the Emmy nominations HBO received, these are the three that are almost guaranteed to win and three that are potential upsets for the big night.
The 2020 Emmy nominations were full of surprises and snubs that shocked fans across the world. The streaming giant Netflix broke the record outdoing the competition with 160 nominations. Despite being outshined by one of there biggest rivals, HBO is still a force to be reckoned with having garnered an impressive 107 nominations with several being almost a sure-thing to take home the night’s biggest honors as well as some legendary upsets just as amazing as the nominees set to surprise audiences watching the virtual event from home.
The likes of Succession, Curb Your Enthusiasm, I Know This Much is True, and more will be going up against an impressive class of candidates like Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, and The Mandalorian. While it may seem like all hope is lost, even the power of Baby Yoda can’t stop one of the most decorated studios in Emmy history. Out of all the excellent content that HBO has in the race this year, here are three favorites and sleepers to watch out for at the Emmys.
Emmy predictions: 3 awards HBO is sure to win
1. Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie – Regina King (Watchmen)
Damon Lindelof comic book-inspired series Watchmen received 26 total nominations, more than any other show and out of every single well-deserved nomination for the exceptional HBO original, one stands out as more than almost a sure thing.
Regina King, the star of the series, gave a flat-out brilliant performance in the lead role as Angela Abar/Sister Knight, and it would be a criminal act if she wasn’t to be called up on stage to receive the coveted honor. Watchmen turned out to be more relevant than anyone could have imagined, and her character’s beautifully crafted superhero arc, as well as its perfect ending, allowed her to flex her skills like never before solidifying her case to win.
2. Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie – Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)
Bad Education tells the story of corruption in a very comedic, yet eye-opening manner that entertains as much as it educates. Academy Award-nominee Hugh Jackman’s magnificent turn makes this made for TV movie a must-watch affair. His portrayal of real-life convicted felon Dr. Frank Tassone, allows viewers to see a different side of greed that hides behind a convincing disguise. The way Jackman adds layers to a superficially flawed villain is a testament to his skills as an actor and shows that he should be revered as a top-tier performer more so than playing Wolverine in a handful of decent motion pictures.
3. Best Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
John Oliver is the king of the variety talk series realm, and Last Week Tonight has walked away with a total of 16 Primetime Emmy wins showing little signs of slowing down. Even with the coronavirus pandemic halting production everywhere, Last Week Tonight has continued on in what the host calls a white void. Despite the setbacks from COVD-19 safety protocols, the popular series hasn’t lost a beat offering necessary and illuminating insight on so many vital issues. One of their best entries this season has to do with history and America’s inability to get their story straight when it comes to what happened back in the day. This and many other entries are a vital part of today’s world, and everyone working on that program delivers a medal, as well as the award for Best Variety Talk Series at this year’s Emmys.
Emmy predictions: 3 sleeper picks HBO could win
1. Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie – Lou Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)
Watchmen has three actors competing for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, but it’s Lou Gossett Jr.’s performance as Will Reed, a.k.a. Hooded Justice, that deserves the win on the big night. The Academy Award-winner has given several excellent performances in his illustrious career, and his remarkable turn in Watchmen as the enigmatic hero still fighting for justice in a compelling new manner makes the seasoned veteran one to watch out for at the Emmys this year.
2. Best Supporting Actress, Drama – Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Thandie Newton should have won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a drama for the previous two seasons of HBO’s exhilarating sci-fi drama Westworld. Maeve’s character arc has been one of the most enthralling this series has put out, even more so than most of the other significant players, and in the third iteration, she gives a next-level take on the former amusement park robot who goes full warrior in her war against Dolores. Whether it’s taking down an entire gang of Yakuza thugs or delivering intoxicating dialogue, there is no question that Newton could be the night’s biggest upset with a much deserved and long overdue Emmy win.
3. Best Comedy Series – Insecure
Issa Rae’s Insecure has been one of this year most talked about shows receiving considerable praise for its deeply funny fourth season. The HBO series garnered an impressive 11 nominations this year, but all eyes should be on the Best Comedy Series category. Many other entries are considered the favorites to win, but this year feels like another upset is brewing. Similar to how Fleabag shocked the world by outdoing the heavy hitters in the category last year, Insecure seems poised to do the same and bring home the win at the 2020 Emmy awards.
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