Who will take home Emmys this year?


The win­ners will be named Sun­day night when the 69th Emmy Awards are pre­sented at the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les. The show will air at 8 p.m. East­ern on CBS with Stephen Col­bert as host.

In the mean­time, guesses will have to suf­fice. With that in mind, a pair of in­trepid As­so­ci­ated Press tele­vi­sion crit­ics are go­ing pub­lic with their picks for who will win — and who should.

Will Jef­frey Tam­bor make it three best comedy ac­tor wins for his per­for­mance on “Trans­par­ent”? They say: yes and no.

Will the distaff who­dunit “Big Lit­tle Lies” fall to the splashy “Feud: Bette and Joan” for best lim­ited se­ries? They say: No and yes.

Here are their fore­casts for seven ma­jor Emmy races:



LYNN EL­BER Should win: “The Hand­maid’s Tale.” A work of art so rev­e­la­tory of our time should reign.

Will win: “The Crown.” It’s not just that Hol­ly­wood is filled with An­glophiles, although that’s one rea­son the lav­ish story of young Queen El­iz­a­beth will win. Emmy vot­ers also adore epic sweep (see pre­vi­ous win­ner “Game of Thrones”) and this has it. FRA­ZIER MOORE Should win: “This Is Us.” Is this the gut­si­est drama on TV? It dares to con­front ev­ery­day, or­di­nary life — and makes it ex­tra­or­di­nary. No won­der it touched hearts.

Will win: “The Hand­maid’s Tale.” A clas­sic novel from the past is trans­formed into a haunt­ingly up-to-the-minute cau­tion­ary tale. No won­der it touched nerves.



EL­BER Should win: “At­lanta.” A tour de force by creator and star Don­ald Glover epit­o­miz­ing the small screen’s em­brace of un­ex­pected and chal­leng­ing ma­te­rial.

Will win: “Veep.” Come­dies keep win­ning streaks go­ing, and with just two Emmys so far, it’s far be­hind the five top comedy tro­phies each that “Mod­ern Fam­ily” and “Frasier” col­lected. MOORE Should win: “Mas­ter of None.” Mov­ing even be­yond the mas­ter­ful first sea­son, Year Two was a fes­ti­val of in­spired short films, with emo­tions and ideas sup­ple­ment­ing its wit.

Will win: “Veep.” De­spite a field of bright, new and var­ied can­di­dates, vot­ers will de­fault to this plenty-re­warded, all­too-sea­soned Emmy main­stay.



EL­BER Should win: Ster­ling K. Brown (“This Is Us”). First among equals in an ex­cel­lent cast, with a nu­anced vul­ner­a­bil­ity that al­ways keeps the heart­break on the right side of soap opera.

Will win: Brown. His win­ning turn last year as de­ter­mined O.J. Simp­son prose­cu­tor Christo­pher Dar­den shows his ver­sa­til­ity. Emmy vot­ers get it. MOORE Should win: Matthew Rhys (“The Amer­i­cans”). He’s so long over­due af­ter five sea­sons of high in­trigue and mul­ti­ple per­sonas in his role as a Rus­sian spy mas­querad­ing as a 1980s Amer­i­can sub­ur­ban dad!!

Will win: “This Is Us” stars Ster­ling K. Brown and Milo Ven­timiglia will can­cel out each other in the vot­ing. That leaves lov­ably shifty Bob Odenkirk the win­ner af­ter three con­sec­u­tive nom­i­na­tions as the lead on “Bet­ter Call Saul.”



EL­BER Should win: Elis­a­beth Moss (“The Hand­maid’s Tale”). The “Mad Men” curse never lifted for Moss as it did for Jon Hamm, but her sub­tly fierce por­trayal of a woman caught in hell shouldn’t be slighted.

Will win: Claire Foy (“The Crown”). A lovely and del­i­cate turn, and play­ing Bri­tish queens on the big screen worked for Os­car-win­ners Judi Dench and He­len Mir­ren, the lat­ter also nab­bing an Emmy for the minis­eries “Queen El­iz­a­beth I.” MOORE Should win: Keri Rus­sell (“The Amer­i­cans”). She’s so long over­due af­ter five sea­sons of high in­trigue and mul­ti­ple per­sonas in her role as a Rus­sian spy mas­querad­ing as a 1980s Amer­i­can sub­ur­ban mom!!

Will win: Elis­a­beth Moss (“The Hand­maid’s Tale”), passed over as a nom­i­nee seven times in the past for “Mad Men” and other great work. Vot­ers re­al­ize it’s her turn.



EL­BER Should win: Don­ald Glover (“At­lanta”). An au­teur who has the mag­netism of a star, but it can take time for vot­ers to warm up to a new voice.

Will win: Jef­frey Tam­bor (“Trans­par­ent”). He’s bril­liant, he’s won twice be­fore and his trans­gen­der role makes a deeply af­fect­ing state­ment. MOORE Should win: Aziz An­sari. Pre­vi­ously known as a clever comic pres­ence, he went even fur­ther with this sea­son’s “Mas­ter of None.” That ex­tra credit should trans­late into an Emmy.

Will win: Don­ald Glover (“At­lanta”). A break­out tal­ent with a fresh and deeply felt comic vi­sion — who wouldn’t want to give this star an Emmy salute?


EL­BER Should win:Tracee El­lis Ross (“black-ish”). Putting the in­domitable Ju­lia LouisDrey­fus aside for ar­gu­ment’s sake, doesn’t Ross de­serve re­spect for com­bin­ing the rub­ber­faced charm of Lu­cille Ball with a mod­ern woman’s spine of steel?

Will win: Louis-Drey­fus (“Veep”). She is un­de­ni­ably sub­lime, and it was an­nounced that next sea­son will be the po­lit­i­cal satire’s last. So, no stint­ing! MOORE Should win: So many over­looked funny ladies should be here: Abbi Ja­cob­son and Ilana Glazer of “Broad City.” Julie Klaus­ner of “Dif­fi­cult Peo­ple.” Rashida Jones of “Angie Tribeca.” Sharon Hor­gan of “Catas­tro­phe.” Sarah Jes­sica Parker of “Di­vorce.” Since they aren’t, and El­lie Kem­per is, why not re­ward her for the grad­u­ally wis­en­ing naif she plays so ir­re­sistibly on “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt”?

Will win: Ju­lia LouisDrey­fus (“Veep”). Why would vot­ers stop with five in a row?



EL­BER Should win: “The Night Of.” As con­sum­ing as a true­crime doc­u­men­tary but with hu­man frailty made in­deli­ble in this su­perb pro­duc­tion.

Will win: “Big Lit­tle Lies.” It’s close be­tween Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon’s ad­dic­tive drama ver­sus the juicy “Feud: Bette and Joan,” but Kid­man and Wither­spoon were also hands-on ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. En­tre­pre­neur­ial women pre­vail. MOORE Should win: Edg­ing out the equally de­serv­ing “Big Lit­tle Lies” in a photo fin­ish: “The Night Of,” a dark and dis­turb­ing feast of sto­ry­telling, act­ing, pathos and sus­pense. Not a false note or a mo­ment of re­lief. A mas­ter­piece.

Will win: “Feud: Bette and Joan.” Flashy, lav­ish and blessed with bravura per­for­mances by Su­san Saran­don and Jes­sica Lange. Hooray for Hol­ly­wood!


This im­age re­leased by Net­flix shows Claire Foy, cen­ter, and Matt Smith, right, in a scene from "The Crown." The show is nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing drama se­ries. The Emmy Awards cer­e­mony, will air on Sun­day.

Tracee El­lis Ross

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