Emmy Upset Alert: The 7 Categories Where Almost Anything Can Happen


The 2018 Emmys are shaping up to be anyone’s game — which could mean, well, just about anything. Come Monday night, viewers could be stupefied by the volume of upsets, or they could be flabbergasted by how many Academy favorites just keep on winning. Or, really, it could be a mix of the two.

So on the precipice of another Primetime Emmy telecast, what do we know? Not much — and that’s exciting. With only a few clear locks (Rachel Brosnahan, prepare your speech) and a score of new nominees (Is “Will & Grace” a new nominee or a returning champ?), there are bound to be surprises at the 70th Annual ceremony — but who, what, and where remain a mystery.

There will be a new Best Comedy crowned, that much we know, but which show will prevail? Who will win in the Drama Actress race? What about the acting standoff between Sterling K. Brown and Matthew Rhys? And can Netflix win the most trophies after scoring a landmark number of nominations?

So many questions, so little time. Below, IndieWire has gathered the most pressing issues facing Emmy fans, nominees, and prognosticators. It’s bound to be a wild night — and not just because our hosts are already pushing buttons — so let’s get started.

There Are Four Actresses Who Can Win Best Actress in a Drama… Right?

OK, maybe there are five. Of the six nominees, only Evan Rachel Wood seems to be lacking a winning argument. Tatiana Maslany is a former champion who surprised some by snagging a nomination, despite “Orphan Black” being off the air for about a year; she’s still a long shot to win, but you can’t discount this never-say-never contender. Both Claire Foy and Keri Russell have even more momentum. Each of the “Crown” and “Americans” stars are in their last year of eligibility for their critically hailed series; one will have to go home empty-handed, but do both?

Sandra Oh could make it so, riding a wave of support for her lead role in “Killing Eve,” the dark horse contender that has made a strong impact on everyone who’s seen the show. Some thought the BBC America drama could’ve even snagged a drama series nod with all its momentum, so to count it out here would be a mistake. All that being said, the defending champ Elisabeth Moss won’t be easy to bump out of the race. Even those spotting more flaws in “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 had nothing derogatory to say about its star. She’s the favorite in the clubhouse, but the clubhouse is crowded.