Emmy Nomination Predictions 2020: All the Picks in 24 Top Categories (Photos)

Game of Thrones” is gone after winning in the Outstanding Drama Series category for each of its last four seasons, and that leaves a big gap at the top in the drama categories. Can “The Handmaid’s Tale” come back and take back the award it won in 2017, when “GoT” was between seasons? Can “Succession” become the successor, as many expect it to do? Can something else pull off an upset in this turbulent, singular year?
For the first time in 42 years, the reigning drama and comedy series winners will not be in the running at this year’s Emmys — so here’s who we think will be in line to take over from “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag” as nominees in the top categories. You can also find more analysis on why we think these will be the nominees (and who could pull an upset) in drama, comedy, limited series/movies, and variety/reality programming.
For the first time in 42 years, the reigning drama and comedy series winners will not be in the running at this year’s Emmys — so here’s who we think will be in line to take over from “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag” as nominees in the top categories. You can also find more analysis on why we think these will be the nominees (and who could pull an upset) in drama, comedy, limited series/movies, and variety/reality programming.
We won’t know the answers about winners until September, but first we’ll see who comes out on top in nominations. And after an influx of new shows in the top categories in 2017, when a record five first-year programs were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, this will likely be a race between returning shows, all of them fighting for the spaces vacated by that show about the dragons.
Outstanding Drama Series: “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Morning Show,” “Ozark,” “Pose,” “Succession” (pictured), “Westworld
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Outstanding Drama Series: “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Morning Show,” “Ozark,” “Pose,” “Succession” (pictured), “Westworld”
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As with all of our predictions, we’ve included the number of nominees that each category will have, barring ties. Under new Emmy rules, that number is now proportional to the number of eligible submissions in each category – except for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series, which are locked in at the maximum number of nominees, eight.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (pictured); Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Brian Cox, “Succession”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (pictured); Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Brian Cox, “Succession”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (pictured); Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (pictured); Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Number of submissions: 197
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”; Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”; Kieran Culkin, “Succession”; David Harbour, “Stranger Things”; Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”; Tom Pelphrey, “Ozark”; Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld” (pictured)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”; Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”; Kieran Culkin, “Succession”; David Harbour, “Stranger Things”; Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”; Tom Pelphrey, “Ozark”; Brad…
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