Being part of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards is difficult enough, just ask Colin Jost and Michael Che, the hosts of the Emmys from Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. Those two had a rough start, but they eventually pulled through after that Filipino nurse joke in their monologue.
But winning an award is an entirely different story. It's easy to assume that every plot has already been made into a TV series. Sure there are minor tweaks and twists here and there, but it’s all essentially been done before. And yet despite that assumption, this year's nominees defy expectation and show just how much more a story can be explored with unique storylines and outlandish characters packed into an hour or less.
The Emmys have already declared the winners, and although everyone was truly great, we don't necessarily agree with every decision. Here's our rundown of who deserved to win, and who we feel got robbed of their statue.
Best Drama Series
Our Pick: Stranger Things
Actual Winner: Game of Thrones
Does Game of Thrones have a Mind Flayer hovering over their kingdoms? No! That should have been enough for Stranger Things to bag the award easy. Aside from their Stephen King-esque approach on sci-fi and horror, they’ve completely leveled up their storytelling and character development. Hell, their trailer for season 3 deserves an Emmy, too!
Best Comedy Series
Our Pick: Atlanta
Actual Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Not to take anything away from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the other shows’ fans and creators, but Atlanta is just a different beast compared to the other nominees. Donald Glover, Lakieth Stanfield, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz? Damn, what else could you ask for? The show’s unusual (and genius) type of comedy will blow anyone’s mind. Donald Glover (or possibly Lakieth) even showed up as Teddy Perkins, and then quickly changed into himself again when the camera passed by.
Best Limited Series
Our Pick: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Actual Winner: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
To be completely honest, it was a no-contest. Darren Criss was just exceptional. His compelling portrayal of Andrew Cunanan is simply riveting and compelling. His charisma just comes off the screen and makes you watch him kill everyone who rejects him. You don’t wanna make the mistake of not giving them the award now.
Best Variety Talk Series
Our Pick: Late Late Show with James Corden
Actual Winner: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Ever heard of Carpool Karaoke? That’s like the funniest music-filled segment on TV. To have music superstars sing inside a car with James Corden
Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Our Pick: Keri Russell (The Americans)
Actual Winner: Claire Foy (The Crown)
The final season of The Americans pulled out all the stops, getting them the award for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series. But putting aside Keri Russell as the Best Lead Actress
Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Our Pick: Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Actual Winner: Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Well, what can we say--we knew it. Matthew Rhys deserved this award for making us feel every emotion he conveys in front of the camera. Plus, the way this man covers up his accent and completely makes us believe he’s anything but Welsh. That kind of talent and dedication does deserve an Emmy recognition.
Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Our Pick: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Actual Winner: Bill Hader (Barry)
Honestly, we love both guys. They’re both funny in their own right. But maybe it’s just our love for Donald Glover’s kind of humor, writing, and acting that’s just closer to our hearts. It’s totally unique and out-of-this-world but easily empathetic. And come on, who doesn't lose their heads about the fact that Glover isn't only acting in the show, he's also writing, directing, and producing it?