Emmys 2018: Our top picks to win

September 17, 2018
Get ready as Hollywood's biggest stars gather to honor the best in American television at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards LIVE on September 18 at 3:00 KSA exclusively on OSN Series First HD.

Hosted by Saturday Night Live duo Colin Jost and Michael Che, this year Netflix tops the list of most nominated shows with 112 nominations for shows, including Stranger Things, The Crown, OZARK, Grace and Frankie, Black Mirror and more.

HBO comes in second, for the first time in 17 years, with 108 nominations for shows, including Black-ish, Will & Grace, Saturday Night Live, Barry and The Good Place.

As we wait for the big night, here are our chosen picks to win at the Emmys 2018.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David returned to our screens, after a six-year hiatus, with the same straight talking, political incorrectness we've grown to know and love. Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm did not disappoint and provided lots of truly laugh out loud moments. Within the first 30 minutes of episode one, we saw Larry insult: his best friend, a hair stylist, the nation of Iran, resulting in a fatwa calling for his death, and pretty much anyone else who got in his way. While some have criticized the show for the lack of Larry’s growth as a character, we enjoy the essence of this grumpy-old-out-of-touch-man that gives us awkwardly hilarious situations and that’s why Curb is our pick for Outstanding Comedy Series winner.
Nominated categories: Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Larry David)

The Handmaid’s Tale

That moment when Offred, aka June, gives birth to her second child, alone in a dark abandoned home, is one of our most epic TV moments of the year and we're not surprised Elisabeth Moss's harrowing performance landed her a best actress nomination. Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale gave us such fantastic drama, even months later we’re still haunted by June’s decision to stay in Gilead. This year, the show has easily nabbed 20 Emmy award nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series and is up against Game of Thrones, The Americans, This Is Us, The Crown, Stranger Things and Westworld. For us however, The Handmaid’s Tale is our top pick to win.

Nominated categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Ralph Fiennes), Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel)

The Americans

For six seasons we watched as KGB agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings posed as a normal American family, while carrying out Soviet missions, and living next door to FBI agent Stan Beeman. With season 6 being the final season, we finally saw the façade unravel and it all came crashing down with one heart-stopping sentence: “I was hoping to make it home for dinner, but things are very topsy-turvy at the office.” Once hailed by critics as “one of the best shows on television”, The Americans is yet to take home an Emmy and we’re hoping this year they can go out with one final bang.

Nominated categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Matthew Rhys), Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Keri Russel)


Issa Rae has been nominated for her role in HBO hit Insecure. We’re excited about this nomination as it recognizes Rae’s hilarious performance as an African-American woman trying to navigate life as a millennial in America. In season 2, Issa is rebuilding her life after freeing herself from a dead-end relationship. This is Rae’s first nomination and she is up against past winners Allison Janney from Mom, Pamela Adlon from Better Things and Lily Tomlin from Grace and Frankie as well as previous nominees Rachel Brosnahan from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Tracee Ellis Ross from Black-ish. We’re routing for first-time nominee Issa to win for best lead actress in a comedy.

Nominated categories: Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Issa Rae)

This is Us

During season 2 of This is Us we witnessed stellar performances from the entire cast. We finally found out how patriarch Jack Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia, died and saw Randall Pearson, played by Sterling. K. Brown, battle for custody of adopted-daughter Deja, earning both actors Emmy nominations. Fans of NBC’s family drama have expressed disappointment that Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca Pearson, and Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson, were not nominated, despite heart-wrenching performances with Rebecca dealing with the death of her husband and Kevin battling addiction. Nevertheless, we can't deny Sterling and Milo earned their nominations and we're routing for the show to win at least one category.  

Nominated categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia)

Game of Thrones

Last but not least, talk of the Emmys would not be complete without epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones, winner of Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 and 2016. Having missed the time frame for the 2017 awards, Game of Thrones has firmly made it into this year's selection with 22 nominations. Season 7 of the show has been criticized as one of the show's weaker seasons, but we think it was pretty epic to watch the Night King and his wight dragon Viserion take down the wall, a plot that will undoubtedly dominate when Game of Thrones season 8 airs in 2019. The question remains: can last year's winner, The Handmaid’s Tale, dethrone Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category as they go head-to-head for the first time this year.

Nominated categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey)

Don’t miss a moment of pre-Emmys buzz on E! Live From the Red Carpet on Tuesday, September 18 at 2:00 AM KSA. Get E! here. Then, watch the Emmy Awards LIVE Tuesday, September 18 at 3:00 AM KSA on OSN Series First HD, get it here.  

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