Emmys Predictions 2020: From Anthony Anderson to ‘Dead to Me’

The 2020 Emmys will take place this Sunday, September 20, for the franchise’s first-ever virtual awards show, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

In honor of the 72nd annual ceremony, we put together a list of foolproof Emmys predictions that will make your ballot the one to beat. From Anthony Anderson to Jodie Comer, here’s who will (probably) be given a highly coveted Emmy Award.

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1. Outstanding Drama Series...'the Handmaid's Tale'

The Nominees:
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Stranger Things

PureWow Predicts:
For the past two years, Game of Thrones has ruled this category. Now that the HBO show has officially ended, we expect The Handmaid’s Tale to pick up right where it left off in 2017 when it dethroned GoT. The Hulu show has received loads of critical acclaim, and while it feels like ages since it premiered on the streaming service, it’s about time Gilead reclaimed its glory. Praise be!

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2. Outstanding Comedy Series...'dead To Me'

The Nominees:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do in the Shadows

PureWow Predicts:
Fleabag took home last year’s award, which makes this next category extra interesting. Even though this category is quite competitive, we predict that Dead to Me will walk away victorious. The series was one of Netflix’s most-watched shows for weeks after season two hit the streaming service. Not to mention, the writers found a way to bring back James Marsden, whose character (spoiler alert!) died in season one. And for that, we are forever grateful.

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3. Outstanding Lead Actor (drama)...billy Porter

The Nominees:
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Steve Carell (The Morning Show)
Brian Cox (Succession)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Jeremy Strong (Succession)

PureWow Predicts:
The Morning Show received very few nominations, so we don’t expect Steve Carell to take home an Emmy Award. (No offense.) Instead, we’re placing our bets on Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell in Pose. Yes, he won last year’s award. And yes, he’d probably wear an epic outfit during his acceptance speech. Talk about a win-win.

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4. Outstanding Lead Actor (comedy)...anthony Anderson

The Nominees:
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
Ramy Youssef (Ramy)

PureWow Predicts:
We’d like to take a moment to appreciate Anthony Anderson, who more than deserves an Emmy Award for playing Dre Johnson in black-ish. First of all, this is the fifth time he’s been nominated for this particular category. And second, he’s never walked away a winner. Perhaps the sixth time is a charm?

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5. Outstanding Lead Actress (drama)...jodie Comer

The Nominees:
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Zendaya (Euphoria)

PureWow Predicts:
This category is majorly stacked (to say the least), but if we had to guess, we’d say that Jodie Comer has the best odds for playing Villanelle in Killing Eve. Not only did she win last year’s award, but she’s also receiving loads of critical acclaim for her character’s transformation in season three. You do the math.

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6. Outstanding Lead Actress (comedy)...catherine O'hara

The Nominees:
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)

PureWow Predicts:
As much as we’d love to see one of the Dead to Me stars take home the prize, we’re pretty sure that it’ll go to Catherine O’Hara, who plays Moira Rose in Schitt’s Creek. O’Hara was nominated for the same category during last year’s Emmy Awards, but the statuette went home with Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag. Although Schitt’s Creek ended with season six, we can’t think of a reason to not award her for bringing the eccentric character to life.


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