Emmys 2016: ‘Hannibal,’ Caitriona Balfe, Melissa McBride, David Tennant among readers’ Drama picks

Emmys -Tomorrow morning, the 2016 Emmy Awards are going to be officially announced! It’s a joyous time, and we’re thrilled to be able to discuss and analyze all of the various nominees that are out there, especially in terms of who got snubbed, who are the favorites, and who are the surprises.

For now, we’re casting our focus moreso towards our own readers, and some of their picks from the polls we put up in early June. Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast across several categories, and there were some pretty tight races this year! While some of the polls across the site may still be open, none of the votes will count from this point on to what we are doing with the results.

For this article, we’re focusing on the Drama race! Stay tuned, since we’ll have the breakdowns for Comedy, Limited Series / TV Movie, and some other miscellaneous categories down the road.

Drama Series – “Hannibal.” This was really a commanding two-show battle between this show and “Outlander” (which isn’t really a surprise, given other poll results over the past year), but the sadly-canceled NBC show scored the win. It’s a nice bit of recognition for a show that is a major underdog to score love on Thursday.

Drama Actor – Hugh Dancy, “Hannibal.” Unfortunately, this one is an impossibility. At the time we made our choices, the Emmy ballot was not released and we were not aware that Dancy did not submit for the show. (He opted to instead submit only for “The Path.”) This doesn’t change how we feel about this performance being worthy of inclusion here, and clearly, the voters agree. The race between him and Lee Pace from “Halt and Catch Fire” was at least fairly close.

Drama Actress – Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander.” With over 70% of the vote this was one of the most dominant awards of the series. We’re going to be beyond gutted if somehow she doesn’t get a nomination Thursday for a performance that only gets better and better over time.

Drama Supporting Actor – David Tennant, “Jessica Jones.” He played one of the most terrifying villains in recent memory, and while the Emmys do not always spread the love to comic-book adaptations, we certainly do here and then some.

Drama Supporting Actress – Melissa McBride, “The Walking Dead.” We can almost copy-and-past what was just said other than the part about being a villain. Carol’s the sort of character we all root for, and the same goes for Melissa routinely in this category.

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