Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.

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UPDATED: Aug 26, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: “A Black Lady Sketch Show” from creator/showrunner/star Robin Thede has increased its popularity significantly over its two seasons. This year, it also increased its overall tally of Emmy nomsfrom three to five, including two noms for guest comedy actress (Yvette Nicole Brown and Issa Rae). In a 50/50 scenario, Goliath might be able to strike down David.

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” on the other hand, is the longest-running sketch series and picked up an impressive 21 nominations, up from 15 last year. (This includes multiple acting mentions for its cast members). The incumbent winner has also taken this race since 2017, and as one of two shows nominated, it may not be very reasonable to bet against it.

The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting beginning on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PT until Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. PT.

Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.


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“Saturday Night Live” cast member Bowen Yang is an audience favorite for his absurdist sensibility. Rosalind O'Connor/NBC


2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes - Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.