EMMY show­down

Who should win? Who will win? And what must you bring to the red car­pet? WHO’S guide to US TV’S big­gest night

WHO - - Spotted -

LIM­ITED SE­RIES Big Lit­tle Lies

This drama started like a Des­per­ate Housewives re­boot but turned into a much more pow­er­ful tale about abuse. With (above, from left) Ni­cole Kid­man, Shai­lene Wood­ley and Reese Wither­spoon—it was a big deal.

SE­RIES, COM­EDY At­lanta

Prob­a­bly the best-re­viewed US com­edy of the past year, this Don­ald Glover (mid­dle) se­ries about a Prince­ton dropout edg­ing into a rap ca­reer was an satiric look at African-amer­i­can life.

AC­TRESS, COM­EDY Ju­lia Louis-drey­fus, Veep

Emmy vot­ers (un­like Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal vot­ers in 2016) tend not to change horses mid­stream. The great Louis-drey­fus will score her sev­enth Veep win.

AC­TOR, COM­EDY Aziz An­sari, Mas­ter of None

In a bit­ter­sweet sea­son—he strug­gled to de­clare his amore to an Ital­ian beauty while host­ing a re­al­ity show about cup­cakes— An­sari was a gen­uine rom-com hero.

AC­TRESS, DRAMA Claire Foy, The Crown

Did her deeply felt per­for­mance as young Elizabeth II, want­ing to be kind but trapped by tra­di­tion, boost sym­pa­thy for the roy­als in a year ob­sessed with Diana? We’ll see!

SE­RIES, DRAMA This Is Us

The multi­gen­er­a­tional fam­ily nar­ra­tive (with Mandy Moore and Milo Ven­ti­m­ilia, be­low), switch­ing be­tween present and past, is sad, hope­ful and also true: for­give­ness can forge a re­demp­tive re­union of hearts.sob!

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