PEOPLE Predicts the Big Winners at This Weekend's Emmy Awards

Find out which stars Picks writer-editor Tom Gliatto thinks will take home the top acting prizes

01 of 06

Lead Actress, Drama: Emma Corrin

the crown
Des Willie/Netflix

Season 4 of Netflix's The Crown — which stands a strong chance of winning Best Drama Series — was a black eye for the Windsors: Corrin was both believable and deeply sympathetic as Princess Diana, a naïve young woman shedding any illusions about romance after marrying Josh O'Connor's sniveling Charles.

02 of 06

Lead Actor, Drama: Billy Porter

Billy Porter as Pray Tell
Michael Parmelee/FX

Porter won for FX's Pose in 2019 and will triumph again for the groundbreaking series' final season. As vogue-ball emcee Pray Tell, he was grand, spiritual, proud and beautiful — a performance played in resounding major notes.

03 of 06

Lead Actress, Comedy: Jean Smart

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Jake Giles Netter/HBO Max; Michele K. Short/HBO

As washed-up comedian Deborah Vance, Smart brings the laughs on HBO Max's Hacks. But she could (and probably should) go home with two awards on Sunday night: Smart is also up for supporting actress in a limited series, thanks to her scene-stealing performance as Kate Winslet's mom Helen Fahey on HBO's Mare of Easttown.

04 of 06

Lead Actor, Comedy: Jason Sudeikis

Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis on Ted Lasso. Apple TV+

The beloved Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso is bound to take home some trophies, including best comedy. One will also go home with Sudeikis for his performance in the title role: a soccer coach with a whimsical, winningly gentle sense of humor.

05 of 06

Lead Actress, Limited Series: Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown. Michele K. Short/HBO

Winslet, who won in the same category in 2011 for HBO's Mildred Pierce, gives a fiercely committed performance in HBO's Mare of Easttown as a cop solving a teen's killing in a drab Pennsylvania town.

06 of 06

Lead Actor, Limited Series: Ewan McGregor


The versatile star, who's done everything from Star Wars to reality road shows, perfectly tailored himself to fit the role of the iconic designer Halston on the Netflix series of the same name. His turn offered humor, pathos and elegance — all richly understated.

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