Our favorites to win the 2020 Emmys: Who will win and who should win
They are the strangest awards in history, but there is one thing that still stands: Who will win? We make our bet of winners
This year the Emmys will be completely different from any year . And not just because it is the first tra year s Game of Thrones , but because for the first time Emmy will, for obvious reasons, from each of the more than 130 houses nominees. On Sunday, September 22 (at dawn from Sunday to Monday in Spanish time) each star will put on their best clothes to sit in their living room and see if they shout their name by videoconference at the gala presented by Jimmy Kimmel. Will Succession be the successor (worth the redundancy) to the dragons on HBO, or will Ozark ring the bell? That long-awaited moment will come to an end, but first we’ll also talk about Watchmen(and her 26 nominations), Schitt’s Creek, Mrs. America and a veteran like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Check the list of all nominees .
In EL PAÍS we will follow the ceremony up to the minute , which can be seen in Spain on television on Movistar Seriesmanía (dial 12) from 02.00 Spanish peninsular time. But first, it is time for the pools. Who are the favorites? Who would we really like to see win? Álvaro P. Ruiz de Elvira , Natalia Marcos and Eneko Ruiz Jiménez participate in the Fifth Season cheer .
- Better Call Saul (AMC)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Killing Eve (BBC America)
- The Mandalorian (Disney +)
- Ozark (Netflix)
- Stranger Things (Netflix)
- Succession (HBO)
Will win : Succession . This call to be the new Game of Thrones in the prestige and awards of HBO. Any other option ( Ozark is very popular with academics) would force them to contest these awards and we don’t want that. Although there is a provocative vote for The Mandalorian . Disney +, surprise of the year?
We’d like him to win : The second season of Succession is far behind , but let’s not forget how brilliant it was on so many levels. We bet on it as a block.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
- Dead to Me (Netflix)
- The Good Place (Netflix)
- Insecure (HBO)
- The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
- The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
- Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
- What we do in the shadows (FX)
Will Win : When he got here, we said it was already an award to have Schitt’s Creek , because now we all support his award. A little seen comedy, but with very loyal fans and actors loved by the world. This is going in style. Among giants like HBO, Netflix and Prime Video, Pop TV taking the cat to the water has its grace.
We’d like it to win : Guileeeeeermo … What We Do in the Shadows has had a sooooo fun second season (which is what it’s all about in a comedy) that would deserve the award, and have more people see it. We are very Jackie Daytona.
- Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
- Mrs America (FX)
- Believe me (Netflix)
- Unorthodox (Netflix)
- Watchmen (HBO)
(Last year’s winner: Chernobyl )
Will win : Divided vote. One for Mrs. America , for a protest theme and distribution of heart attacks, and two for Watchmen, this year’s multinominate, also with a very topical theme (police violence and racism).
We would like it to win : We should remember Believe me , but the success of Watchmen is unquestionable, because of how it manages to crack the maximum work of superheroes in comics to turn it into an original thing that continues the Alan Moore comic without nostalgia but respecting the fundamental . Only Damon Lindelof could do it.
- American Son (Netflix)
- The Scam – Bad Education (HBO)
- Dolly Parton: Chords of the Heart (Netflix)
- El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)
(Last year’s winner: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch )
Will Win : Bad Education could have gotten closer to the Oscars race had it hit theaters. Here she stands out among final episodes and pastiches that she far exceeds.
We would like it to win : It opens where it opens, The scam is a movie, with performances in a state of grace and bizarre characters that it does not judge; a dark humorous look at the losers reminiscent of the Coens and an incredible but true story.
Lead actor in drama
- Jason Bateman (Ozark)
- Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
- Steve Carell (The Morning Show)
- Brian Cox (Succession)
- Billy Porter (Pose)
- Jeremy Strong (Succession)
(Last year’s winner: Billy Porter, Pose )
Will Win : The Emmys love Jason Bateman, who has an award for even directing Ozark. That is why he has one of the votes. The other two go for Succession : Brian Cox’s veteran and Jeremy Strong’s rap … but watch out for duplication.
We would like him to win : We are all very fans of Brian Cox, his lapidary phrases and how well he says fuck off , but one of the votes goes to Jeremy Strong, for everything he does from his silenced depression. And watch out for the Oscars.
Leading Actress in Drama
- Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
- Olivia Colman (The Crown)
- Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
- Laura Linney (Ozark)
- Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
- Zendaya (Euphoria)
(Last year’s winner: Jodie Comer, Killing Eve )
Will Win : This category is fairly open, but there are two votes for multi-award winning Laura Linney. The other is for Olivia Colman, because … queen of the world and of everyone’s heart.
We’d like it to win : What Jennifer Aniston does on The Morning Show , and her unusual portrait, shouldn’t go unnoticed. And Zendaya is Zendaya, but the Emmy’s are not passionate about Euphoria .
Drama Supporting Actor
- Nicholas Braun (Succession)
- Billy Crudup (The Morning Show)
- Kieran Culkin (Succession)
- Mark Duplass (The Morning Show)
- Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
- Matthew Macfadyen (Succession)
- Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
(Last year’s winner: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones )
Will Win : Three Succession Actors ! But all have their crumbs. Hence two votes for MacFadyen and Culkin; and the third one goes to Billy Cudrup, who if they put him here is because they have seen his aggressive executive stealing plan in action.
We’d like him to win : Divided Heart, but Matthew Macfadyen. His Tom is despicable and wonderful as a character at the same time. He achieves the impossible: that we no longer see him as Mr. Darcy. The important thing, in any case, is that the obsession with Gus Fring ends.
Drama Supporting Actress
- Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
- Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
- Julia Garner (Ozark)
- Thandie Newton (Westworld)
- Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
- Sarah Snook (Succession)
- Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
- Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
(Last year’s winner: Julia Garner, Ozark )
Will Win : If Meryl Streep only gets one of our three votes, it’s because this category is wild. The others go to Julia Garner (although she has already met) and Helena Bonham Carter. Making a Ouija board to talk to Margarita has to have a prize.
We’d like him to win : We love Sarah Snook (did we already say we’re Team Succession), but every time Bonham Carter comes on screen, she eats the screen too.
Comedy Lead Actor
- 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)
(Last year’s winner: Bill Hader, Barry )
Will Win : They’re TV legends, but it’s been 30 years since Ted Danson had an Emmy, and it’s 38 years since Eugene Levy had his. One vote for the first and one for the second, riding the wave of Schitt’s Creek , created by his son.
We would like him to win : A split vote between Danson and Ramy Youssef, not so much for him himself (the secondary ones in the series are the ones who really deserve awards) as for the series. The two eras of comedy.
Comedy Leading Actress
- Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
- Rachel Brosnahan (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel)
- Linda Cardellini (Dead to me)
- Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
- Issa Rae (Insecure)
- Tracy Ellis Ross (black-ish)
(Last year’s winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag )
Will Win : Another 38 years later, Catherine O’Hara achieves the many-deserved recognition in Christopher Guest’s films.
We’d Like It To Win : Neither Mrs Maisel nor Insecure have had their best seasons this year, so it’s time for another great tribute to a legend from the Canadian SCTV school.
Comedy Supporting Actor
- Mahershala Ali (Ramy)
- Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
- Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
- Sterling K. Brown (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel)
- William Jackson Harper (The Good Place)
- Daniel Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
- Tony Shalhoub (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel)
- Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
(Last year’s winner: Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel )
Will Win : Two votes for Dan Levy, and one for Mahershala Ali, because this great actor beats everything he’s nominated for and there has to be a bit of diversity. The whites and the protagonists of Schitt’s Creek are not going to win it all .
We’d like him to win : Two votes for Alan Arkin (always) and one for William Jackson Harper, because it’s impossible not to love Chidi.
Comedy supporting actress
- Alex Borstein (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel)
- D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)
- Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
- Marin Hinkle (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel)
- Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
- Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek)
- Yvonne Orji (Insecure)
- Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
(Last year’s winner: Alex Borstein, The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel )
Will win : One vote for the already veteran Kate McKinnon and two for Alex Borstein, because you can not go empty, and although the series is not at its best, she continues to stand out.
We’d like it to win : We don’t know who has more personalities, D’Arcy Carden or Kate McKinnon, but they all make us laugh a lot.
Lead actor in a miniseries or television movie
- Jeremy Irons (Watchmen)
- Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)
- Paul Mescal (Normal People)
- Jeremy Pope (Hollywood)
- Mark Ruffalo (The Undeniable Truth)
(Last year’s winner: Jharrel Jerome, This is how they see us )
Will win : Very divided. On the one hand, Paul Mescal, who is very on the rise lately, and Mark Ruffalo, although the second suffers more and above with twins. A series to win the Emmy. But beware, the third vote is for Hugh Jackman, who does everything with a jerky ease, although his character is not easy at all.
We would like him to win : Paul Mescal makes us cry and Hugh Jackman makes us see everything he comes out of. A star with all the letters, even if he does the most normal and scammer type.
Leading actress in a miniseries or television movie
- Cate Blanchett (Mrs America)
- Shira Haas (Unorthodox)
- Regina King (Watchmen)
- Octavia Spencer (Madam CJ Walker: A Self Made Woman)
- Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)
(Last year’s winner: Michelle Williams, Fosse / Verdon )
Will Win : Does Cate Blanchett Cough? Maybe we could imagine that, if the queen of television wasn’t here. Regina King, who has won three of her four nominations, is performing the year after her Oscar and about to go for all the awards as a director. The Emmys like to make ugly stars who jump on TV for the first time, so two votes for the justice versus one for the anti-feminist.
We’d like her to win : Cate Blanchett would be a fair winner in a series with great performances, but she has a touch of “I do TV to win the awards” that we have seen before. King is always faithful to us. His character makes us prefer to see him rather than blue men and terrorists from Roscharch.
Supporting actor in a television movie or miniseries
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen I (Watchmen)
- Jovan Adepo (Watchmen)
- Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend)
- Louis Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)
- Dylan McDermott (Hollywood)
- Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
(Last year’s winner: Ben Wishaw, A Very English Scandal )
Will Win : Jim Parsons is overstated and parodic in Hollywood, but anything other than playing Sheldon is fine with the academy. The other vote is for Yahya Abdul-Mateen I, the surprise of Watchmen .
We’d like it to win : Any recognition to Watchmen is fine with us. Hollywood male performances , perhaps best forgotten.
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television
- Uzo Aduba (Mrs America)
- Toni Collette (Believe me)
- Margo Martindale (Mrs America)
- Jean Smart (Watchmen)
- Holland Taylor (Hollywood)
- Tracey Ullman (Mrs America)
Will Win : Jean Smart may be on her way to her fourth Emmy, but watch out for Toni Collette, an actress who’s always fine whatever she does. And it does it all.
We are guiding : Jean Smart is the muse of television, but how can we not love Smart, Taylor, Collette and Ullman? Without them, TV is much worse. Supporting actress Margo Martindale too, but in Mrs. America there are more remarkable performances than hers (where’s Sarah Paulson?).