If I Had an Emmy Ballot: Complete 2017 List

Over the last few weeks, I've revealed who I hope gets nominated in the drama, comedy, and limited series categories for the 2017 Emmy Awards, looking specifically at achievements in acting, writing, and directing. Below is my entire list for who I hope gets recognized tomorrow. There's some category swapping, some citation of shows not even on the ballot, but in the end, these are the names I'd like to see pop up. Click the links within each category's title to read more on why I made my picks. (Winner selections are in bold.)


Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans — FX

Better Call Saul — AMC

The Crown — Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale — Hulu

The Leftovers — HBO

Rectify — SundanceTV

Orange Is the New Black — Netflix


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Aden Young, Rectify


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Carrie Coon, The Leftovers

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Emmy Rossum, Shameless

Keri Russell, The Americans

Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Clayne Crawford, Rectify

Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers

Keith David, Greenleaf

Peter Gerety, Sneaky Pete

John Lithgow, The Crown

Michael McKean, Better Call Saul


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Amy Brenneman, The Leftovers

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Aisha Hinds, Underground

Margo Martindale, Sneaky Pete

Thandie Newton, Westworld

J. Smith-Cameron, Rectify


Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Dan Fogelman for “Memphis,” This Is Us

Amy Lippman for “Coats or Keys,” Masters of Sex

Ray McKinnon for “A House Divided,” Rectify

Bruce Miller for “Late,” The Handmaid’s Tale

Gordon Smith for “Chicanery,” Better Call Saul

Patrick Somerville & Carly Wray for “Certified,” The Leftovers


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The Duffer Brothers for “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers,” Stranger Things

Ava DuVernay for “Far Too Long,” Queen Sugar

Carl Franklin for “Certified,” The Leftovers

Vince Gilligan for “Witness,” Better Call Saul 

Mimi Leder for “The Book of Nora,” The Leftovers

Reed Morano for “Offred,” The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta — FX

Better Things — FX

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — The CW

Dear White People — Netflix

Fleabag — Amazon

Search Party — TBS

Transparent — Amazon


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Walton Goggins, Vice Principals

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Justina Machado, One Day at a Time

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Michaela Watkins, Casual


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin

K. Todd Freeman, A Series of Unfortunate Events

Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta

Andrew Rannells, Girls

John Rothman, One Mississippi

Zach Woods, Silicon Valley


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Donna Lynne Champlin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Judith Light, Transparent

Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Antoinette Robertson, Dear White People


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. and Cindy Chupack for “Future Fever,” Better Things

Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe for “Thanksgiving,” Master of None

Annie Baker & Heidi Schreck for “A Short History of Weird Girls,” I Love Dick

Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner for “Goodbye Tour,” Girls

Donald Glover & Stefani Robinson for “Value,” Atlanta

Phoebe Waller-Bridge for “Pilot,” Fleabag


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Andrea Arnold for “If I Were a Bell,” Transparent

Barry Jenkins for “Chapter 5,” Dear White People

Hiro Murai for “The Club,” Atlanta

Aline Brosh McKenna for “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?,” Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jill Soloway for “Elizah,” Transparent

Jill Soloway for “A Short History of Weird Girls,” I Love Dick

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime — ABC

Big Little Lies — HBO

Black Mirror — Netflix

Feud: Bette and Joan — FX

National Treasure — Hulu


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie

Babou Ceesay, Guerrilla

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Robbie Coltrane, National Treasure

Michael Gambon, Churchill’s Secret

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

John Turturro, The Night Of


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Sanaa Lathan, Shots Fired

Oprah Winfrey, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie

Benito Martinez, American Crime

Adam Scott, Big Little Lies

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Michael Stuhlbarg, Fargo

David Thewlis, Fargo

Michael K. Williams, When We Rise


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Regina King, American Crime

Mary-Louise Parker, When We Rise

Lili Taylor, American Crime

Robin Weigert, Big Little Lies


Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series/TV Movie

Charlie Brooker & Rashida Jones & Mike Schur for “Nosedive,” Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker for “San Junipero,” Black Mirror

Julie Hébert for “Season Three: Episode Eight,” American Crime

David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies

Ryan Murphy for “And the Winner Is…,” Feud: Bette and Joan 

Jack Thorne, National Treasure


Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series/TV Movie

John Cameron for “The Law of Non-Contradiction,” Fargo

Owen Harris for “San Junipero,” Black Mirror

Victoria Mahoney for “Season Three: Episode 3,” American Crime

Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies 

Joe Wright for “Nosedive,” Black Mirror

Steve Zaillian for “The Beach,” The Night Of