TOPS ON THE TUBE

Emmy pre­dic­tions and cov­er­age! This bat­tle-ramma makes the Os­cars look dullsville!

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LOS AN­GE­LES — It’s go­ing to be a blood­bath; al­beit a golden one!

(Yes, we’re look­ing at you Feud: Bette and Joan and Big Lit­tle Lies!)

The iron­i­cally in­com­pa­ra­ble tal­ent-mom rec­og­nized and those lucky few who will be crowned the best of the best at this year’s 69th An­nual Emmy Awards have crit­ics, pun­dits and fans bat­tling with each other re­gard­ing the odds their faves will win the most cov­eted stat­uette in the medium. It’s be­gin­ning to look like one of Game of Thrones’ sig­na­ture, epic mas­sacres or wed­dings — ex­cept there are no spoil­ers or leaks here.

The Os­cars only wish they had this prob­lem.

Yes, there were a few ma­jor omis­sions (there al­ways are, es­pe­cially with TV’s fruit­ful abun­dance) but given the mar­ket sat­u­ra­tion of al­most­per­fect nar­ra­tive and act­ing of­fer­ings; for the most part, the Academy of Arts and Sciences (ATAS) did an ad­mirable job mod­ern­iz­ing the process with­out com­pro­mis­ing it (take note, Day­time Em­mys). Ku­dos to ATAS for ex­pand­ing and re­defin­ing cat­e­gories/ murky ar­eas, di­ver­si­fy­ing vot­ing and vot­ers, and al­low­ing a much larger bal­lot. (Even though it’s be­com­ing a tad ridicu­lous; the stream­ing world needs to fig­ure out their own academy). There are no con­tro­ver­sial elec­toral col­leges in this race!

In fact, the drama cat­e­gory saw the largest num­ber of sub­mis­sions

(180). Com­ing in sec­ond? Best Lead Dra­matic Ac­tor boasted 140 con­fi­dent pos­si­ble nom­i­nees. Best Lead Dra­matic Ac­tress clocked in with 113 sub­mis­sions. Yep, tal­ent over­floweth.

With the land­scape changing mainly due to bolder, more cre­ative risks, blos­som­ing di­ver­sity and mer­cu­rial tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances, this year’s nom­i­na­tions are truly em­blem­atic of what we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing right now: Peak TV — as crit­ics have unimag­in­ably dubbed this ‘third’ re­cent re­nais­sance of TV (and mostly stream­ing) in re­cent mem­ory.

For the first time in a while, the cable and net­work worlds equally shared the top wealth: West­world

and Satur­day Night Live tied for the most nom­i­na­tions, scor­ing 22 each.

GoldDerby.com’s man­ag­ing edi­tor Chris Beachum tells 24 Hours he’s as psyched as any­one this year — mainly be­cause the best ac­tors in the world are lit­er­ally com­pet­ing this year: “We’ve seen film stars cross­ing over into tele­vi­sion for sev­eral years, but now it’s an avalanche of tal­ent. For this year’s Emmy Awards, Os­car win­ners alone that are nom­i­nees in­clude Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon

( Big Lit­tle Lies), Jes­sica Lange and Su­san Saran­don (Feud: Bette and Joan), Robert De Niro (The Wiz­ard of Lies), Ge­of­frey Rush (Ge­nius), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie),

Vi­ola Davis (How to Get Away with Mur­der), An­thony Hop­kins (West­world), and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards). The Movie/Minis­eries Ac­tress race fea­tur­ing Kid­man, Wither­spoon, Lange, and Saran­don is par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing be­cause it also fea­tures past Os­car nom­i­nee Felic­ity Huff­man (Amer­i­can Crime) and one of the hottest stars, Car­rie Coon (Fargo).”

Hosted by Emmy win­ner and nom­i­nee — and ar­guably the most pop­u­lar and bravest late-night TV host right now — Stephen Col­bert, the Prime Time Emmy Awards will air live from the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EST — and Post­media Net­work will be there on the red car­pet and in the press room to bring you all the scoop and talk to our Cana­dian in­flu­ences from the kud­ofest.

Here are our pre­dic­tions for the top Emmy races:

DRAMA SE­RIES

• Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC)

• The Crown (Net­flix)

• The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu)

• House of Cards (Net­flix)

• Stranger Things (Net­flix)

• This Is Us (NBC)

• West­world (HBO)

Feud: Bette and Joan

Who Should Win:

The Hand­maid’sTale is all the rage in Hol­ly­wood. Post­media Net­work spoke with sev­eral vot­ers, and the con­sen­sus is this per­fectly-timed mod­ern yet dystopian tale is the most im­por­tant one be­ing told right now on TV. In­dus­try in­sider Chelsea Han­dler told us, “It’s the best show on TV, hands down; no one I talk to can stop talk­ing about it!”

Who Will Win:

Tale cre­ator Mar­garet At­wood will be for­get­ting about her re­cent Toronto condo woes (Google it) when she ac­cepts her first Emmy. Hope­fully she’ll men­tion The Six and “long live The Is­lands” in her speech.

Up­set:

The Crown res­onates with the Academy more be­cause mem­bers are typ­i­cally a bit older and ap­pre­ci­ate in-depth his­toric dra­mas with a fo­cus on iconic bi­ogra­phies like O.J. Simp­son — and this is as close to Emmy bait as you can get.

COM­EDY SE­RIES

• At­lanta (FX)

• Black-ish (ABC)

• Master of None (Net­flix)

• Mod­ern Fam­ily (ABC)

• Sil­i­con Val­ley (HBO)

• Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt (Net­flix)

• Veep (HBO)

Who Should Win:

Master of None is a work of art — what­ever cat­e­gory it is in or even medium it aired on. In fact, sea­son two of Aziz An­sari’s soul­ful of­fer­ing was sim­ply a mas­ter­piece; but the Em­mys might be too bour­geoisie to no­tice the gen­re­break­ing ef­fort in­volved here.

Who Will Win:

Black-ish is the best net­work TV com­edy se­ries. This past sea­son, they tar­geted ev­ery un­com­fort­able hot topic they could find and some­how made us laugh. In many ways, black­ish has be­come to­day’s All in the Fam­ily.

Up­set:

While the fine folks at Goldderby.com are vow­ing At­lanta will tri­umph here; nor­mally, ATAS rarely honours fresh­man shows. But it is def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity. Hey, it hap­pened at the Golden Globes but they love fresh meat. The Em­mys make you work be­fore hon­our­ing you!

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Master of None

Big Lit­tle Lies

An­thony Hop­kins

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