The Project's Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.
The Project's Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar. Channel 10

The Guide's 2016 Logie Awards predictions

THE Logies is Australian television's glittering night of nights.

The pinnacle of the industry, the event honours the best of the small screen in categories voted for by the public and peers.

But the awards will face an added layer of scrutiny on Sunday as the Gold Logie nominees look to put the #Logiessowhite furore to rest.

The Project's Waleed Aly is likely to follow in the footsteps of his co-host and fellow nominee, last year's winner Carrie Bickmore.

It's unlikely to be Scott Cam's year, with Nine yet to air another series of The Block and Reno Rumble relegated to a late-night finish.

And while she's an outside chance to win gold, SBS's Lee Lin Chin is shaking up the establishment with a well deserved, and overdue, nomination after more than 20 years with the multicultural broadcaster.

Here are my picks for some of the Logies' top categories:

 

BEST ACTOR

Erik Thomson: The former Packed to the Rafters star found a new home in his Australian-Kiwi family comedy 800 Words. The show was a ratings hit for Seven and a refreshing addition to prime time.

Benson Jack Anthony, Erik Thomson and Melina Vidler star in the TV series 800 Words.
Benson Jack Anthony, Erik Thomson and Melina Vidler star in the TV series 800 Words. Channel 7

BEST ACTRESS

Essie Davis: While she's unlikely to win Gold, her nomination for the top gong in 2014 and again this year demonstrates Davis's ongoing popularity as the star of the ABC's whodunit series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Essie Davis in a scene from the TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
Essie Davis in a scene from the TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. ABC TV

BEST PRESENTER

Lee Lin Chin: The SBS journalist and The Feed contributor has gained a devoted social media following, which will hopefully get her over the line in this category if not for gold.

SBS TV presenter Mark Fennell and news anchor Lee Lin Chin on the 2015 Logie Awards red carpet.
SBS TV presenter Mark Fennell and news anchor Lee Lin Chin on the 2015 Logie Awards red carpet. Seanna Cronin

BEST NEW TALENT

Joel Jackson: Blowing viewers and critics away with his performance in Deadline Gallipoli, Jackson proved it wasn't a fluke with his next role as Peter Allen in Seven's biopic Not The Boy Next Door.

Joel Jackson in a scene from the TV mini-series, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door.
Joel Jackson in a scene from the TV mini-series, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door. Channel 7

BEST DRAMA PROGRAM

800 Words: Fans are likely to rally around this new show. It's funny, heartfelt and a family-friendly viewing option.

Benson Jack Anthony and Erik Thomson in a scene from the TV series 800 Words.
Benson Jack Anthony and Erik Thomson in a scene from the TV series 800 Words. Channel 7

BEST REALITY PROGRAM

My Kitchen Rules: MKR dominated the ratings again this year and it should win this category for the second time (the first was in 2014). The timing of the awards also works out well, with the show still fresh in everyone's minds.

My Kitchen Rules hosts Manu Feildel and Pete Evans.
My Kitchen Rules hosts Manu Feildel and Pete Evans. Paul A Broben

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Family Feud: Grant Denyer may be an outside chance for the Gold Logie, but his game show Family Feud is a massive hit for Channel 10 with hundreds of families queuing up to compete.

Grant Denyer hosts the TV series Family Feud.
Grant Denyer hosts the TV series Family Feud. Channel 10

The 58th Logie Awards and red carpet air tomorrow from 7pm on Channel 9. Follow our live coverage here tomorrow from 4.30pm.



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