Pick­ing the Emmy win­ners

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The win­ners will be named Sun­day night when the 69th Emmy Awards are pre­sented at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

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: DRAMA SERIES: 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. COM­EDY SERIES: Lynn 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. Frazier 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: Lynn 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. Frazier 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: Lov­ably shifty Bob Odenkirk af­ter three con­sec­u­tive nom­i­na­tions on Bet­ter Call Saul. AC­TRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Lynn 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). Play­ing Bri­tish queens on the big screen worked for Judi Dench and He­len Mir­ren, the lat­ter also nab­bing an Emmy for the minis­eries Queen Elizabeth I. Frazier 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 for Mad Men and other great work. Vot­ers re­al­ize it’s her turn. AC­TOR, COM­EDY SERIES: Lynn 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. Frazier Moore Should win: Aziz An­sari. Pre­vi­ously known as a clever comic pres­ence, he went even fur­ther with this sea­son’s Mas­ter of None.

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? AC­TRESS, COM­EDY SERIES: Lynn El­ber Should win: Tracee El­lis Ross (black-ish). Doesn’t Ross de­serve re­spect for com­bin­ing the rub­ber-faced 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. Frazier Moore Should win: El­lie Kem­per for the grad­u­ally wis­en­ing naif she plays so ir­re­sistibly on Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt.

Will win: Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (Veep). Why would vot­ers stop with five in a row?


Aziz An­sari is nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing lead ac­tor in a com­edy series for Mas­ter of None. The Emmy Awards cer­e­mony airs Sun­day.

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