2019 Blind Spot Series: In The Heat Of The Night


What I knew going in: Not much other than it is essential Sidney Poitier. 

Police Cheif Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) is trying to solve a murder case of a wealthy businessman in his small Mississippi town. At the same time, a Philadelphia police officer Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is just passing through and minding his own goddamn business when he's taken to the station for the crime of being black. After Gillespie finds out that Tibbs is indeed a cop and and a hell of a homicide detective at that, he reluctantly accepts help from the far superior officer.

I'm surprised how little the actual murder mystery in this film matters. In The Heat of the Night doesn't care about the plot driving the characters as much as it does the subtext. This is about racism. A film being made in 1967 about a black man besting a bunch of interchangeable shitbags is an amazing feat. It even won Best Picture at the Oscars*. It's also about small down vs big city dynamics. Tibbs recognizes that these are racist morons but he also finds them incapable of meeting his bigger city standards even without that. 

My favorite parts of the film were Tibbs working the case, which is why it's slightly disappointing that it didn't matter that much. The final act of this film doesn't age well but the rest of the film does from a technical standpoint. The final scene is powerful, but the cynic in me found myself asking "will they actually change?" I hope so.

*Speaking of the Oscars, Poitier should've been nominated and one for this. I'm surprised it was Steigler who did.

At least know where that line in The Lion King comes from now.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "They call me, Mr. Tibbs" - Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier)


Review: Ad Astra

Your psyche evaluation has been accepted.

Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is a successful astronaut in his own right, but he also happens to be the son of a legend - Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) who disappeared years earlier while doing a long range mission somewhere around Neptune. The entire solar system starts experiencing dangerous surges of electricity, and Roy finds out that his father might actually be alive and the primary cause for it.

When I bought my ticket today, the person working actually asked me if I was sure. We're pretty familiar with each other since I practically live there so that gave me a bit of pause. Was I going to find it boring like they did?

Turns out, I was happy for that precursor because I ended up enjoying Ad Astra a lot more than I thought it would. I saw a critic on twitter describe this as a big budget art house flick, and that's pretty accurate. It is a slow burn, but I never once felt bored by it. Roy goes through quite a few different obstacles in the film that really help build the future world well. There's pirates on Mars, SOS calls have strange solutions, we fly commercially to space. All of those things are the best kind of filler. Roy gets slapped with a bombshell of information about his father, and seeing him navigate all of this on his way to (what he thinks) will be the answer was very interesting.

Brad Pitt is very stoic, I enjoyed him in this role and I really liked his narration throughout. The film is shot beautifully as well. This might seem petty but I kept thinking of First Man at different points throughout and how much better this was. The camera gets close to Pitt at times but it always gives us room to breathe. I appreciated this so much more because of that.

My main issue with Ad Astra, is that this is essentially a one man show. Actors like Ruth Negga and Natasha Lyonne show up for a few minutes each, then disappear. Other characters we spend time with briefly are killed off. I understand why Roy needed to lose all his support but I wish he didn't. Especially when such compelling actors don't get to do more.

Reviews may be divisive but I firmly landed on the "liking it" side. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Why keep trying?" - Roy McBride (Brad Pitt)

Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: Fantasy

It's another TV edition at Wandering Through The Shelves and this week we're talking about fantasy series. I decided to go the animated route this week. I'm throwing it back to the 80's, the early 2000's and one more recent pick. Here's what I came up with.

1) Rainbow Brite

This show was before my time but because I had older siblings that grew up in the 80's, we had this on VHS. I always really liked it as a kid because it was fun and I felt cool that none of my friends really knew about it until I showed it to them. Was that was the start of me being a pretentious film snob?

2) Inuyasha

This is my favorite anime. I started watching it in high school and I've recently been re-watching it again with my son. I sort of regret letting him see it because damn, I forgot how terrible the character of Miroku is but now we've had several conversations about consent and you can never have too many of those.

3) Star Wars: Rebels

This show aired from 2014-2018 and while we did legitimately start watching it because my son wanted to, I think my husband and I ended up liking it more than he did. It starts out really kiddie and ridiculous but then gets more mature after the first season. I also argue that Kanan and Hera, not Leia and Han are THE best couple within the SW universe. I'll fight anyone over that. 

Review: Brittany Runs a Marathon

You can do it!

Brittany (Jillian Bell) is overweight and under-motivated. She decides she wants to change her life and start running. She has a supportive circle of running friends, Catherine (Michaela Watkins) and Seth. (Micah Stock) but nothing is that simple and Brittany still struggles.

I think Jillian Bell is really underrated. She's so consistently funny in every role she's in, so when I saw a trailer for this film I knew I was going to watch it for her. The film itself is based on director/writer Paul Downs Colaizzo's best friend and her running journey.

Bell of course is very funny. Not all of the jokes work, but most do and I found myself laughing quite a bit, but more than that she makes us feel for Brittany, who is mostly unsympathetic throughout the entire film. The supporting cast is also fantastic. Utkarsh Ambudkar playing Brittanys colleague/friend/fuck buddy/friend Jern was a stand out and they had excellent chemistry. Same goes for Watkins and Stock.

I love how real they made training for a marathon. A less attentive script maybe would've given her one set back and have her hit her goal weight right away, then run flawlessly. This really shows you the training and tolls it takes to run something like that and I appreciated the attention to deal. Unfortunately, the non-running parts of this movie are far less entertaining. It gets very trope-y. Brittany's best friend is an absolute bitch to the point where it's unbelievable that Brittany just now realized that. She also inevitably pushes her friends away at the beginning of the third act. Those parts bring the unique script down. I wish they had gone another route here.

Of course I cried because I'm an absolute baby but this was a very inspiring movie that will probably make you go out for a run yourself afterwards.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "My name is Brittany, I'm going to take a shit-ney" - Brittany (Jillian Bell) 

2019 Emmy Winners

The Emmys have come and gone, and I under estimated Fleabag because it came in and ruined all of my predictions. I can't wait to see it myself. I feel like this was the most surprising award show I've seen in a long time. A lot of the acting wins surprised me. Game of Thrones (thankfully) being shut out of writing and directing was a nice surprise. Especially writing. Unfortunately FOX aired the show so we got way too many Masked Singer references and Jenny McCarthy is possibly the worst red carpet interviewer I've ever seen. But beyond that, let's get into the winners and my thoughts. The winners are in green.


Outstanding Comedy Series
Barry
Fleabag
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
Veep
Like I said, Fleabag really came out of nowhere for me. I thought Veep would get this, though I was hoping for Mrs. Maisel. 

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us
The way the show was going, I thought they might actually get upset, but they didn't. I'm sure this win is for the series as a whole, which was groundbreaking. I won't take that from them, but it can't be for this final season. I'm glad the writing and directing wins reflected that. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
I guessed Billy Porter, even though I haven't started Pose and I'm glad I was right. What a beautiful acceptance speech he gave.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Jodie is probably the one of the last people in this category I thought would win. I was truly shocked. I don't watch Killing Eve, so I can't speak to her performance. I really thought Emilia would've won this as a consolation to how terrible her character was treated. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
I cheered when Jerome won. I didn't think he would as this was one hell of a tough category but I'm glad he game through. He was excellent in When They See Us.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Joey King, The Act
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Aunjenaue Ellis, When They See Us
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
WHY CAN'T AMY ADAMS WIN ANYTHING?! Michelle Williams is amazing, and I'm happy for her, and her speech was on fire, but damn why does no one give Sharp Objects all the awards it deserves?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
This was one of the few I guessed right. Was surprised me the most was how sincere Hader sounded. I was expecting more jokes, and he looked on the verge of tears. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
I wanted JLD to make history here, but Phoebe is so likable I can't be upset with her win. 

Outstanding Variety/Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
I can't describe how much I love this show. Sometimes when I'm at work, I'll go to their Youtube channel and just let his bits go on autoplay. This show is remarkable.


Outstanding Limited Series
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Object
When They See Us
I weep for Sharp Objects but Chernobyl was so good, I can't argue with this win. I would've been happy with When They See Us won too.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
For a split second my heard stopped because I thought Tony Hale had one, but it was Shalhoub, like I predicted. I'm fine with that, he's wonderful in Mrs. Maisel.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
This was the least surprising win. They always give it to Dinklage whether he deserves it or not. He's a great actor, and I thought he was great in season 8, but Alfie was better. Giancarlo was better. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
I'm so happy for Alex! She's wonderful on this show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
I am SHOCKED Garner won. I know some circles were predicting her but I honestly thought they'd go for Shaw over a new person. I'm glad they didn't. While I didn't love Ozark, Garner is an actress that has been giving great performances in indie films for years. I'm happy she has this win. I'm also slightly surprised that people thought a Thrones actress was actually going to win here. Four nominations screams vote splitting.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
Glynn Turman, How to Get Away with Murder
Michael Angarano, This Is Us
Kumail Nanjiani, The Comedian
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Ahh Commander Lawrence. Stuck between "ew, your a commander" and "daddy."

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Peter MacNicol, Veep
John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
I'm pretty shocked Kirby won this. He's great but I thought they'd go for De Niro for ~prestige~ 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag 
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live
It's crazy that Mrs. Maisel was taking all these guest spots when Fleabag was running a train on the other Comedy awards. Someone at Amazon is happily rolling around in their money pool.  

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Ben Wishaw, A Very English Scandal
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Michael Kenneth Williams, When They See Us
Whaaattt? I know, I didn't see a Very English Scandal so maybe he's fantastic but did anyone see Blackk? He was outstanding. Same with Skarsgard and we all know I'm a Paul Dano fan girl

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones
My husband: "Wait, who is she in Handmaid's Tale again?" I get it. I guessted Lange but I was hoping for Cox.


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Okay, I'm not going to pretend that Arquette was bad in The Act. In fact, she was outstanding, but she is a CO-LEAD. This was some major category fraud. 

Outstanding Telvision Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Brexit: The Uncivil War (HBO)
Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
King Lear (Amazon)
OMG get fucked. I already hate that Black Mirror chooses to campaign in this category but Bandersnatch is hands down the worst Black Mirror episode. 

My TV Alphabet



Mettel Ray is hosting a new blogathon asking us for our TV Alphabets! This is special since her "My Movie Alphabet" blogathon is how I found her in the first place. And because she's a badass, she also made a cute graphic for the rules:

Without further ado, here's my TV Alphabet. I used some "wild remotes" because I wanted a few places and quotes instead of character and show names.




 
No seriously, just season one.

My newest anime obsession.

The best anthology series on TV right now. Maybe ever.

My favorite character on The Walking Dead, a show that doesn't deserve her.

The most polarizing True Detectives.

The sexiest vampire of all time.

The best characters (and ship!) on Agents of SHIELD.

Possibly the greatest villain in TV history.

When the snow falls, and the white winds blow. The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. The Starks are my favorite house in Game of Thrones

The first anime I got into.

A very underrated Handmaid's Tale character. What? She's brave.

I'll stand behind Jon Snow.

Because this sketch is the hardest I've ever laughed at SNL.

Zombie slaying goddess, and another character TWD doesn't deserve.

Damn it, Aaron Sorkin this could've went longer than 3 seasons!

Omar comin'! And if you come at the king, you best not miss.

Agent Carter should NOT have been cancelled, fuck yooooooouuuu ABC.

aka Claire Foy teaching as master class on acting in The Crown.

My sweet, sharp shooting cinnamon roll on Boardwalk Empire. 

This amazing mini series.

For the OINTB character who made me laugh, cry, and get angry on her behalf.

The scary world within Stranger Things.

One of the funniest shows ever on television.

Heisenberg himself.

The truth is out there.

This is one of my favorite Game of Thrones quotes. All hail King Bran

My dad and I both loved this guy on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.





Thanks for hosting, Getter!

Thursday Movie Picks: Break ups

This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is about break ups. There's no shortage of films dealing with that. The rule I gave myself was not to use (500) Days of Summer because as one of my favorite movies I tend to use it a lot in TMP and it fits here. So here are three other films where break ups play a huge part that I enjoy

1) The Incredible Jessica James

Unlike my next two picks, we only really see Jessica's side of her breakup. Which is fine, as the film is about her getting back into the dating field and also meeting someone else coming off of their own break up. I think this is one of the best films Netflix has ever made. It's so funny, I cannot recommend it enough.

2) Like Crazy

This film might be the only time I've actually looked at the leading couple and thought "You know, why don't you two split." Jacob and Anna are a great couple but when they are separated and both attempt to move on, I felt bad for the two honest people they leave behind in order to try their hardest to be together. 

3) Celeste and Jesse Forever

These two are trying to have the most amicable divorce possible while trying to remain friends. Even if you can predict everything that happens with this film, I still think it's lovely and sweet. 

Review: Hustlers

Get that money

Destiny (Constance Wu) is a dancer trying to make ends meet at a strip club when her fellow dancer, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes her under her wing. They devise a scheme to take advantage of the Wall Street employees who frequent their clubs.

When I first saw the trailer for Hustlers, I wasn't interested. Then all the strong reviews at TIFF convinced me to go check it out and I have to say there was a good movie in there, but I still left expecting a lot more with the praise thrown at this. 

The most interesting aspect of this film to me is that Destiny is recounting her tale to a reporter, Elizabeth. (Julia Stiles) Since it deals with the 2008 financial crisis, that format almost makes this feel like The Big Short from another angle. But I kept thinking there must be more. Aside from Destiny, we really don't learn much about the other women in this story. They touch on sisterhood well, and but I wished they had spent more time on the fallout of this scheme. I felt like they gave the basic facts to get by.

Wu is great here. After seeing her in Crazy Rich Asians (I haven't seen her popular series, Fresh Off The Boat) we all know she could carry this. Jennifer Lopez is fine. Her athletic ability is more than impressive but I also felt I've seen this before. I'm not getting the Oscar buzz feel that everyone else is.

Ultimately, I think I fell victim to festival hype and reverted back to my initial expectations. This isn't a bad movie by any means, there's a lot of good things about it. I'm very happy for how successful it's been so far, it just wasn't outstanding. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable quote: "Motherhood is a mental illness." - Ramona (Jennifer Lopez)

2019 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

The Emmys are next week and like every year, I'm going to predict who I think is going to win, and in some cases, who should win instead. Now, *should* is pretty subjective here because unlike the Oscars, I don't watch all of these shows, whereas I try to see every nominated Oscar film. So maybe others should be winning, but I can only base it off what I've seen. So lets see how I do.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Barry
Fleabag
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
Veep
Who will win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Who should win: That or Veep
This is tough, It's Veep's final time as an Emmy nom but Mrs. Maisel dominated in its absence. Barry and Fleabg are also seemingly popular among voters but I think it will come down to these two. I'll be happy with either win. 

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us
Who will win: Game of Thrones
Who should win: ?
To be honest, I will be shocked if Game of Thrones doesn't win this. Yes, their final season doesn't deserve a win but since this is the final time we'll be seeing them, they probably win a collective award for the entire series run. Despite loving most of Game of Thrones, I'm so disappointed with the writing this year that I would actually welcome someone beating it. And I never thought I'd say that about one of my favorite shows.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Who will win: Billy Porter
Who should win: ?
The only performances I've seen are Kit and Bob, but I think Billy is going to be the surprise here. Brown has won before and Batemen could be a dark horse but I think we'll see a surprise here.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who will and should win: Emilia Clarke
I think Emilia is going to get a ton of pity votes considering how her character was massacred. She legitimately did give her best performance ever this season so that helps too. I think it's hers for the taking. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Who will and should win: Mahershala Ali
This is a tough category with Jared Harris being a strong candidate as well as Sam Rockwell, however Ali is still riding high from that Oscar win and he was great in True Detective. I think he'll win here as well.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Joey King, The Act
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Aunjenaue Ellis, When They See Us
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Who will win: Patricia Arquette
Who should win: Amy Adams
I'm going to have to watch Patricia steal another one of Amy's awards but this time she won't only be stealing it from Amy, but from Joey King who was fantastic in The Act as well. *heavy sigh*

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Who will win: Bill Hader
Who should win: ?
I don't watch any of these shows. I tried watching Barry and couldn't get into it but Hader has the most buzz behind him so I think he'll take this.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Who will and should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
This is tough because Rachel Brosnahan is a strong candidate but the Emmys love JLD and it will be her final nom for Veep. Plus she'll break a record for winning an Emmy for every season of this show and I think they'll give her that. Rachel will win next year.

Outstanding Variety/Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Who will and should win: John Oliver


Outstanding Limited Series
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Object
When They See Us
Who will win: When They See Us
Who should win: Sharp Objects
This is a strong category but When They See Us is the most socially relevant now. It has tough competition with Sharp Objects and Chernobyl but I think both of those shows, even though they're amazing will go home empty handed in the show/acting dept. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Stephen Root, Barry
Tony Hale, Veep
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Who will win: Tony Shalhoub
Who should win: Tony Hale
Tony Hale has never won for Veep and he's long overdue, but I think they award Shalhoub since they went with Winkler last year. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Who will win: Peter Dinklage
Who should win: Alfie Allen or Giancarlo Esposito
Math says it should be Kelly or Sullivan winning due to vote splitting but the Emmys seem determine to award Dinklage whether he deserves it or not so he'll get it here. I'd laugh my ass of if Allen won though. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Olivia Colman, Fleabag
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Who will win: Olivia Colman
Who should win: Anna Chlumsky
Anna has never won for Veep either but I think Olivia will ride high from her Oscar win here too. I really need to see Fleabag, it looks wonderful.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Julia Garner, Ozark
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Who will win: Fiona Shaw
Who should win: Gwendoline Christie
I think the Game of Thrones gals will split a lot of votes and The Emmys don't seem to like awarding younger actors (Rachel Brosnahan is the only Actress born in the 90's to win so far) so Fiona might have the edge over Julia. I'd actually be really happy if Julia won despite not caring for Ozark, she's amazing. Gwendoline is my dream win though.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
Glynn Turman, How to Get Away with Murder
Michael Angarano, This Is Us
Kumail Nanjiani, The Comedian
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Who will and should win: Bradley Whitford
He's awesome in The Handmaid's Tale. I think Nanjiani could win too but there's probably a lot of West Wing fans voting.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Peter MacNicol, Veep
John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
Who will win: Robert De Niro
Who should win: Peter MacNicol
I still cannot wrap my head around De Niro's nomination and for that reason, he'll probably win to confuse me further. 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag 
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Who will win: Sandra Oh
Who should win: ?
Since Sandra might miss in drama, I think she'll get it here. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Ben Wishaw, A Very English Scandal
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Michael Kenneth Williams, When They See Us
Who will win: Stellan Skarsgard
Who should win: Blackk or Dano
I think Asante Blackk deserves this but again with the Emmys not awarding young winners. I also think there could be vote splitting. Skarsgard has a higher profile than Dano so he might take it here. 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones
Who will win: Jessica Lange
Who should win: Cherry Jones
The Emmys love Lange but I think Jones is my favorite here. I love Laverne Cox but OITNB barely gave her anything to do. 


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Who will and should win: Patricia Clarkson
After watching The Act, Arquette should not be in this category at all. She was a lead. I think Clarkson will pick up the Sharp Objects win and she deserves it. 

Outstanding Telvision Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Brexit: The Uncivil War (HBO)
Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
King Lear (Amazon)

My Dinner With Herve (HBO)
Who will and should win: Deadwood
Honestly, just don't let Bandersnatch win. Make Black Mirror go to the Limited Series category where they belong and don't award their literal worst episode.