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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Executive Producer Isn’t a Fan of ‘The Crown,’ But Likes Claire Foy

Also: Support for "The Americans," "Atlanta," and the late Anthony Bourdain: "I mean...we have to."

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Claire Foy, “The Crown”

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Pity the Peak TV Emmy voter. The job of choosing the cream of the TV crop used to be so easy. But in an age of hundreds — really, thousands — of TV programs, even the most well-versed viewer hasn’t seen everything. And as we’ve noticed in recent days via these anonymous ballots, sometimes it does come down to talent who have impressed in the past, or who are well-liked in the community. How much does that play a role in who ultimately wins? For one thing, it explains why so many incumbent winners manage to repeat.

IndieWire reached out to creatives across the industry this year to share their own Emmy ballots, anonymously, and explain why they made their choices. Performers, writers, producers, publicists, executives, and craftspeople from across the industry offered up their answers, and IndieWire has been posting some of those ballots this week and next week.

In this edition, an executive producer gives their take on this year’s Emmy race, and reason behind each pick. Read on below:

Outstanding Drama Series

☑ The Americans
The Crown
Game Of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

THIS IS TOO HARD. I love them all. But I’m going with the one that is ending its fantastic run.

Read More: Emmy Predictions 2018 — The 70th Annual Primetime Emmys

Outstanding Comedy Series

☑ Atlanta
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

It’s redefining what comedy is and I love how surprising every episode is.

Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienist
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
☑ Godless
Patrick Melrose

Jeff Daniels. Western. Love.

The Tale

Laura Dern in “The Tale”


Outstanding Television Movie

Fahrenheit 451
☑ The Tale
USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Saw it at Sundance. Loved it.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

☑ Claire Foy/The Crown
Tatiana Maslany/Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss/The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh/Killing Eve
Keri Russell/The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood/Westworld

While I am not a huge fan of the series – her performance has been extraordinary over multiple seasons.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

☑ Jason Bateman/Ozark
Sterling K. Brown/This Is Us
Ed Harris/Westworld
Matthew Rhys/The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia/This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright/Westworld

He might be the underdog in this category, but he was fantastic! And I love the show.

Insecure Season 2 Issa Rae


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Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon/Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan/The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney/Mom
☑ Issa Rae/Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross/black-ish
Lily Tomlin/Grace And Frankie

I am just a huge Issa Rae fan.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson/black-ish
Ted Danson/The Good Place
Larry David/Curb Your Enthusiasm
☑ Donald Glover/Atlanta
Bill Hader/Barry
William H. Macy/Shameless

Such a wonderful nuanced, grounded, dramatic performance that evokes such deep, uncomfortable laughter. That is an art.

Lead Actress in a Limited Series/Movie

☑ Jessica Biel/The Sinner
Laura Dern/The Tale
Michelle Dockery/Godless
Edie Falco/Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King/Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson/American Horror Story: Cult

It was great to see Jessica Biel in this highly conflicted, challenging role.

“Patrick Melrose”

Justin Downing/SHOWTIME

Lead Actor in a Limited Series/Movie

Antonio Banderas/Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
☑ Benedict Cumberbatch/Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels/The Looming Tower
John Legend/Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Jesse Plemons/USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Honestly, I haven’t watched enough of these series to have a great understanding of who had the best performance so I voted for the person I know always delivers.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel/The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown/Stranger Things
☑ Ann Dowd/The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey/Game Of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby/The Crown
Thandie Newton/Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski/The Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Dowd is extraordinary in “Handmaid’s Tale.” I hate her so much, but totally understand where her character is coming from.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau/Game Of Thrones
☑ Peter Dinklage/Game Of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes/The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour/Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin/Homeland
Matt Smith/The Crown

Peter Dinklage every single day of the week. always. forever.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz/Atlanta
Alex Borstein/The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant/Saturday Night Live
☑ Betty Gilpin/GLOW
Leslie Jones/Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon/Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf/Roseanne
Megan Mullally/Will & Grace

I think I’m really voting for her because of her performance in Season 2. That fight in the hospital!

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson/Baskets
Alec Baldwin/Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry/Atlanta
☑ Tony Shalhoub/The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson/Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler/Barry

I mean it’s Tony Shalhoub and he has some of the best tension breaking laugh inducing beats in the entire series.

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles/Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Penélope Cruz/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
☑ Judith Light/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter/American Horror Story: Cult
Merritt Wever/Godless
Letitia Wright/Black Museum (Black Mirror)

Another category where I haven’t watched enough to make an informed vote so I’m going with the stalwart.

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

☑ Jeff Daniels/Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon/Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
John Leguizamo/Waco
Ricky Martin/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramírez/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg/The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock/The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

And ANOTHER category where I haven’t watched enough to make an informed vote so I’m going with the stalwart.

Outstanding Reality/Competition Program

The Amazing Race
☑ American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

The only of these I’ve watched this year. Damn it’s a crowd pleaser.

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Fixer Upper
☑ Lip Sync Battle
Queer Eye
Shark Tank
Who Do You Think You Are?

Love this show. Such a smart fun conceit.

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W. Kamau Bell


Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Naked And Afraid
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
☑ United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell

I know this one is probably an underdog but I love Kamau Bell.

Host for a Reality or Reality/Competition Program

☑ W. Kamau Bell/United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
Ellen Degeneres/Ellen’s Game Of Games
RuPaul/RuPaul’s Drag Race
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn/Project Runway
Jane Lynch/Hollywood Game Night

Doubling down on my love for Kamau Bell.

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

He is tackling some of the biggest most complex issues of time and making me laugh. That is amazing.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
☑ Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Always funny.

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

☑ The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards
60th Annual Grammy Awards
Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Night Of Too Many Stars: America Unites For Autism Programs
The Oscars

Always more fun than the Oscars.

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018
☑ Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

It was the special I talked about for weeks after.

Anthony Bourdain'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' on set filming, New York, USA - 04 Apr 2018

Anthony Bourdain

Alberto Reyes/REX/Shutterstock

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

☑ Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson

I mean…we have to.

[Production assistance by Liz Shannon Miller.]

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