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Liz's 2018 Critics' Choice TV Awards Predictions

Ah, TV. Since it’s popularity exploded beginning in the 1950’s and ‘60s, it has almost always been seen as the lesser cousin to film. Well, almost. In recent years, we have seen a definite change in the tide. With shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things (just to name a few), television has proven to be just as formidable (some may say even more so) than film. Sure, the budgets aren’t as great (except if you’re Game of Thrones), but we can’t deny the level of storytelling that TV has exhibited this past decade especially. We are truly in the Golden Age of Television. So, it’s with that in mind, that I’m going to take a look at the upcoming Critics’ Choice Television Awards. It is a fairly new award show (only in its eighth year), but it was created to honor and recognize what television has become, just as its film counterpart does with the movies we loved over the past year. Now keep in mind, I am by NO MEANS an expert on television but I am passionate about the stories that I consume on the small screen.

Using buzz, my own personal preferences and past award shows as a guide, here are my predictions for 8th Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Best Comedy Series

-The Big Bang Theory

-Black-ish

-GLOW

-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

-Modern Family

-Patriot

What will win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

What should win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Drama Series

-American Gods

-The Crown

-Game of Thrones

-The Handmaid’s Tale

-Stranger Things

-This is Us

What will win: The Handmaid’s Tale

What should win: Game of Thrones (only because it’s my favorite show of all time. OMGOSH HOW I LOVE IT)

Best Limited Series

-American Vandal

-Big Little Lies

-Fargo

-Feud: Bette and Joan

-Godless

-The Long Road Home

What will win: Big Little Lies

What should win: Feud: Bette and Joan (y’all need to watch this RIGHT NOW. So good!)

Best TV Movie

-Flint

-I Am Elizabeth Smart

-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

-Sherlock: The Lying Detective

-The Wizard of Lies

What will win: The Wizard of Lies

What should win: The Wizard of Lies

Best Animated Feature

-Archer

-Bob’s Burgers

-BoJack Horseman

-Danger & Eggs

-Rick and Morty

-The Simpsons

What will win: Rick and Morty

What should win: Rick and Morty

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

-Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

-Aziz Ansari (Master of None)

-Hank Azaria (Brockmire)

-Ted Danson (The Good Place)

-Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)

-Randall Park (Fresh of the Boat)

Who will win: Aziz Ansari

Who should win: Aziz Ansari

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

-Kristen Bell (The Good Place)

-Alison Brie (GLOW)

-Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

-Sutton Foster (Younger)

-Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

-Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat)

Who will win: Rachel Brosnahan

Who should win: Ellie Kemper (my love for Kimmy Schmidt is STRONG)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

-Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

-Walton Goggins (Vice Principals)

-Sean Hayes (Will & Grace)

-Mark Maron (GLOW)

-Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley)

-Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)

Who will win: Sean Hayes

Who should win: TITUSS FREAKING BURGESS (sorry. Like I said, my love for Kimmy Schmidt is STRONG)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

-Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)

-Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

-Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

-Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish)

-Alessandra Mastronardi (Master of None)

-Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time)

Who will win: Jenifer Lewis

Who should win: Alex Borstein

Best Actor in a Drama Series

-Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)

-Paul Giamatti (Billions)

-Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel)

-Ian McShane (American Gods)

-Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

-Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Who will win: Sterling K. Brown

Who should win: Sterling K. Brown (I have FEELINGS about him) or Bob Odenkirk

Best Actress in a Drama Series

-Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

-Christine Baranski (The Good Fight)

-Claire Foy (The Crown)

-Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

-Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

-Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Who will win: Elisabeth Moss

Who should win: Elisabeth Moss

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

-Bobby Connavale (Mr. Robot)

-Asia Kate Dillon (Billions)

-Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

-David Harbour (Stranger Things)

-Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight)

-Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)

Who will win: David Harbour

Who should win: DINKLAGE, but Harbour is great too, as is McKean (y’all need to watch Better Call Saul!)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

-Gillian Anderson (American Gods)

-Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)

-Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

-Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight)

-Margo Martindale (Sneaky Pete)

-Chrissy Metz (This is Us)

Who will win: Ann Dowd

Who should win: Emilia of House Clarke, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of EFFING Dragons (guys, I love Game of Thrones, a lot. Okay?)

Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

-Jeff Daniels (Godless)

-Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)

-Ewan McGregor (Fargo)

-Jack O’Connell (Godless)

-Evan Peters (American Horror Story: Cult)

-Bill Pullman (The Sinner)

-Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal)

Who will win: Ewan McGregor

Who should win: Evan Peters

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

-Jessica Biel (The Sinner)

-Alana Boden (I Am Elizabeth Smart)

-Carrie Coon (Fargo)

-Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

-Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan)

-Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)

Who will win: Nicole Kidman

Who should win: Jessica Lange

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

-Johnny Flynn (Genius)

-Benito Martinez (American Crime)

-Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)

Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

-David Thewlis (Fargo)

-Stanley Tucci (Feud: Betty and Joan)

Who will win: Alexander Skarsgard

Who should win: Alfred Molina

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

-Judy Davis (Feud: Bette and Joan)

-Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

-Jackie Hoffman (Feud: Bette and Joan)

-Regina King (American Crime)

-Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)

-Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo)

Who will win: Laura Dern

Who should win: Jackie Hoffman

Best Unstructured Reality Series

-Born This Way

-Ice Road Truckers

-Intervention

-Live PD

-Ride with Norman Reedus

-Teen Mom

Who will win: Intervention

Who should win: Intervention

Best Structured Reality Series

-The Carbonaro Effect

-Fixer Upper

-The Profit

-Shark Tank

-Undercover Boss

-Who Do You Think You Are?

Who will win: Shark Tank

Who should win: Shark Tank

Best Talk Show

-Ellen

-Harry

-Jimmy Kimmel Live! -The Late Late Show with James Corden

-The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

-Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

What will win: Jimmy Kimmel Live! What should win: Watch What Happens Live

Best Reality Show Host

-Ted Allen (Chopped)

-Tyra Banks (America’s Got Talent)

-Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)

-Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)

-Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper)

-RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Who will win: Ted Allen or Tom Bergeron

Who should win: RuPaul (I LOVE YOU, MAMA RU)

Best Reality Series – Competition

-America’s Got Talent

-Chopped

-Dancing with the Stars

-Project Runway

-RuPaul’s Drag Race

-The Voice

Who will win: RuPaul’s Drag Race

Who should win: RuPaul’s Drag Race (because it’s honestly one of my favorite shows)

Well, there you have it! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this. Let’s just see how accurate (or inaccurate) I am. What are your predictions for the big show? Make sure to check out the 8th Critics’ Choice Television Awards on January 11 on The CW!

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