Will it finally be Moss’ turn?
TV critics give predictions for 69th Emmy Awards airing Sunday night
The winners will be named Sunday night when the 69th Emmy Awards are presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with Stephen Colbert as host.
A pair of intrepid TV critics are going public with their picks for who will win — and who should. Here are some of their forecasts:
Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld 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 upto-the-minute cautionary tale. No wonder it touched nerves.
Atlanta, Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon
Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Veep 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 plentyrewarded, all-too-seasoned Emmy mainstay.
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) Elber
Should win: Sterling K. Brown. 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. Moore
Should win: Matthew Rhys. 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.
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Claire Foy (The Crown), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel
Wood (Westworld), Robin Wright (House of Cards) Elber Should win: Elisabeth Moss.
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. A lovely and delicate turn, and playing British queens on the big screen worked for Oscar-winners Judi Dench and Helen Mirren. Moore
Should win: Keri Russell. 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, passed over as a nominee seven times in the past for Mad Men and other great work. Voters realize it’s her turn.