And the Emmy Award goes to ...

Some will win and some will lose Sun­day night when the 69th Emmy Awards are pre­sented at the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les, with co­me­dian Stephen Col­bert as host. Lynn El­ber and Frazier Moore — a pair of in­trepid tele­vi­sion crit­ics — make their picks.

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DRAMA SERIES Bet­ter Call Saul, The Crown, The Hand­maid’s Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us, West­world


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 At­lanta, Black-ish, Mas­ter of None, Modern Fam­ily, Sil­i­con Val­ley, Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt, Veep


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, sea­son 2 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, 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)


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: Ster­ling K. 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)


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.

AC­TOR, COM­EDY SERIES An­thony An­der­son (Black-ish), Aziz An­sari (Mas­ter of None), Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis (Bas­kets), Don­ald Glover (At­lanta), Wil­liam H. Macy (Shame­less), Jef­frey Tam­bor (Trans­par­ent)


Should win: Don­ald Glover. 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. 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. 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 Pamela Ad­lon (Bet­ter Things), Tracee El­lis-Ross (Black-ish), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Lily Tom­lin (Grace and Frankie), Allison Jan­ney (Mom), El­lie Kem­per (Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt),

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (Veep)


Should win: Tracee El­lis Ross. Putting the in­domitable Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus aside for ar­gu­ment’s sake, doesn’t Ross de­serve re­spect for com­bin­ing the rub­ber-faced charm of Lu­cille Ball with a modern woman’s spine of steel?

Will win: Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus. 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 women 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. Since they aren’t, and El­lie Kem­per is, why not re­ward her for the grad­u­ally wis­en­ing naif she plays so ir­re­sistibly?

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


Elis­a­beth Moss is nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a drama for her role as Of­fred in The Hand­maid’s Tale, af­ter be­ing shut out for her role on Mad Men for years. Maybe it’s fi­nally her mo­ment to shine.


Don­ald Glover stars as Earnest Marks in At­lanta, which is nom­i­nated in the best com­edy cat­e­gory. New­comer Glover is also nom­i­nated as best ac­tor in a com­edy. As the pow­er­house cre­ative tal­ent be­hind At­lanta and a break­out tal­ent, he may just take the...


Claire Foy, cen­tre, stars in The Crown, which has earned her a nod for best ac­tress in a drama. Elis­a­beth Moss is prob­a­bly her main com­pe­ti­tion. Both women hav­ing given out­stand­ing per­for­mances this sea­son.


Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus has al­ready won four Em­mys for her sub­lime per­for­mance on Veep. Will she win a fifth? Or will Tracee El­lis Ross of Black-ish take home the prize?


Ster­ling K. Brown is nom­i­nated for best ac­tor in a drama series for This Is Us — his per­for­mance em­bod­ies the heart and soul of this series, which dares to be un­apolo­get­i­cally hu­man.

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