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Emmy Underdogs Who Deserve to Win

Variety Logo By Variety Staff of Variety | Slide 1 of 8: While every Emmy Awards race has its frontrunners (hello, “Veep!”), no nominee can truly be counted out until the official envelopes are opened and names read on stage on Sept. 17. From a high-concept freshman genre series to a workplace ensemble comedy, there are quite a few underdogs in the mix that just could take top prizes if the Academy wants to do the unexpected. It has happened before: Last year, Rami Malek claimed the lead actor trophy for “Mr. Robot” last year, while Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) was crowned best actress. Here, the Variety staff makes a case for a few of those nominees.

Underdogs That Deserve to Be Top Dogs

While every Emmy Awards race has its frontrunners (hello, “Veep!”), no nominee can truly be counted out until the official envelopes are opened and names read on stage on Sept. 17. From a high-concept freshman genre series to a workplace ensemble comedy, there are quite a few underdogs in the mix that just could take top prizes if the Academy wants to do the unexpected. It has happened before: Last year, Rami Malek claimed the lead actor trophy for “Mr. Robot” last year, while Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) was crowned best actress. Here, the Variety staff makes a case for a few of those nominees.

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