2019 Nomination Predictions
Pamela Adlon "Better Things"
Rachel Brosnahan "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Allison Janney "Mom"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Lily Tomlin "Grace and Frankie"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag"
Other Contenders - Natasha Lyonne "Russian Doll", Tracee Ellis Ross "black-ish", Alison Brie "GLOW", Christina Applegate "Dead to Me", Kristen Bell "The Good Place", Issa Rae "Insecure", Catherine O'Hara "Schitt's Creek", Aidy Bryant "Shrill", Jane Fonda "Grace and Frankie", Debra Messing "Will & Grace"
Commentary - There are only two nominations I feel comfortable predicting: Louis-Dreyfus and Brosnahan, and the Emmy will come down to one of those two most likely. Other than that, I think there are four slots up for grabs. I think we all need to remember that in a lot of ways, the Emmys like to repeat. That makes me think that Emmy winners, and beloved veterans Lily Tomlin, Pamela Adlon, and Allison Janney will still have enough goodwill and popularity to make the cut. However, I am willing to mix up on slot. I love Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae, and they both deserve nominations for their work this year. But the buzz for both of those shows is just so much lower this year, than it was last, and there are two newcomers to the race with heat. I think of the two, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the best bet to steal the last slot. Fleabag is hot right now, it has buzz, critical raves, and is in the zeitgeist. Russian Doll is hot as well, but I think Fleabag is more up their alley, and I think it will make the Best Comedy Series cut, whereas I'm not so sure about Russian Doll. Ialso think that Alison Brie, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Catherine O'Hara, Aidy Bryant, Jane Fonda, and Debra Messing are potentials in a deep race with too many talented performers populating the ballot.