The short and long

The Emmy Awards are on today, and the most ex­cit­ing cat­e­gories this year might all in­volve the lim­ited-run se­ries. The ad­dic­tive Big Lit­tle Lies (and its cast of A-list stars) is up against heavy hit­ters like The Night Of and Feud: Bette and Joan. But don

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Out­stand­ing drama se­ries

The Crown (Net­flix) The Hand­maid’s Tale West­world (HBO) Stranger Things (Net­flix) This Is Us (NBC) Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC) House of Cards (Net­flix)

This Is Us This is the tough­est field of the night, but Post TV critic Hank Stuever said it best — Amer­ica needed a hug and a good cry this year, and broad­cast TV’s big break­out hit de­liv­ered.

The Hand­maid’s

Will prob­a­bly win: De­serves to win: Dark horse:

The Crown Be­cause you can never count out a pres­tige se­ries about Brits, es­pe­cially one on Net­flix.

Out­stand­ing lead ac­tor in a drama se­ries

Ster­ling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC) Matthew Rhys, The Amer­i­cans (FX) Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Net­flix) Liev Schreiber, Ray Dono­van (Show­time) An­thony Hop­kins, West­world (HBO) Milo Ven­timiglia, This Is Us (NBC) Bob Odenkirk, Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC)

Ster­ling K. Brown In a show filled with dev­as­tat­ing mo­ments, Brown steals nearly every episode with the por­trayal of a man re­con­nect­ing with his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther.

Will prob­a­bly win: De­serves to win: Dark horse:

Bob Odenkirk He might turn out to be the guy who’s al­ways nom­i­nated and never wins — yet you can’t count him out, es­pe­cially with his ex­cel­lent por­trayal of a shady lawyer.

Out­stand­ing lead ac­tress in a drama se­ries Will prob­a­bly win: De­serves to win: Dark horse:

Claire Foy Again, it’s Net­flix — and Foy has earned raves for her work as Queen El­iz­a­beth.

Out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tor in a drama se­ries

Bet­ter

Will prob­a­bly win: Out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a drama se­ries

The Hand­maid’s Tale Ann Dowd, (Hulu) Samira Wi­ley, (Hulu) Uzo Aduba, (Hulu) Tale The oddly rel­e­vant se­ries, based on the ter­ri­fy­ing 1985 dystopian novel, will linger with you long af­ter you’ve watched it. See above. Ster­ling K. Brown Claire Foy, The Crown (Net­flix) Keri Rus­sell, The Amer­i­cans (FX) Elis­a­beth Moss, The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu) Vi­ola Davis, How to Get Away with Mur­der (ABC) Robin Wright, House of Cards (Net­flix) Evan Rachel Wood, West­world (HBO)

Elis­a­beth Moss Even post- Mad Men, Moss is still an Emmy favourite, and she made the most head­lines for her per­for­mance.

Keri Rus­sell The fact that she’s fi­nally nom­i­nated for The Amer­i­cans (two years in a row now) doesn’t ex­cuse the acad­emy for over­look­ing her dur­ing the show’s peak. Call Saul Jonathan Banks, (AMC) John Lith­gow, The Crown (Net­flix) Mandy Patinkin, Home­land (Show­time) Michael Kelly, House Of Cards (Net­flix) David Har­bour, Stranger Things (Net­flix) Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (NBC) Jef­frey Wright, West­world (HBO)

John Lith­gow His Winston Churchill per­for­mance al­ready net­ted him a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion and SAG Award prize.

Jef­frey Wright Crit­ics love him on West­world — he has a mag­netic screen pres­ence and the abil­ity to de­liver a big twist.

Ron Cephas Jones He’s the other half of the dev­as­tat­ing fa­ther-son This Is Us story, so if vot­ers re­ally liked to cry this year, they could give him the win.

De­serves to win: Dark horse:

The Hand­maid’s Tale Orange is the New Black From left: Reese Wither­spoon, Ni­cole Kid­man and Shai­lene Wood­ley star in ; Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus in Keri Rus­sell and Matthew Rhys in and (inset) Ster­ling K. Brown in (Net­flix) Mil­lie Bobby Brown, (Net­flix) Thandie New­ton, West­world (HBO) Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)

Thandie New­ton Her char­ac­ter went through a lot (that’s an un­der­state­ment), and New­ton ex­pertly tack­led every emo­tion.

Will prob­a­bly win: De­serves to win:

Stranger Things

Chrissy Metz Metz de­serves all the praise she’s re­ceived as she nails a role that TV doesn’t usu­ally do very well — the story of a woman strug­gling with her weight.

Dark horse:

Mil­lie Bobby Brown While it would be un­usual for the 13-year-old to take the prize from the vets, Brown was riv­et­ing as the young girl with a scary se­cret on Stranger Things.

Out­stand­ing com­edy se­ries

Black-ish (ABC) At­lanta (FX) Veep (HBO) Mas­ter of None (Net­flix) Sil­i­con Val­ley (HBO) Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt (Net­flix) Mod­ern Fam­ily (ABC)

Veep It’s Veep’s world and we’re just liv­ing it — ex­pect the po­lit­i­cal satire to take home the tro­phy for the third year in a row.

Will prob­a­bly win: De­serves to win:

At­lanta Don­ald Glover’s in­ven­tive take on the rap scene in At­lanta was a de­light in its fresh­man sea­son.

Black-ish Could broad­cast TV win best drama and best com­edy? If any show could pull it off, Black-ish can.

Dark horse: Out­stand­ing lead ac­tor in a com­edy se­ries

Don­ald Glover, At­lanta (FX) An­thony An­der­son, Black-ish Jef­frey Tam­bor, Trans­par­ent zon) Aziz An­sari, Mas­ter of None (Net­flix) Wil­liam H. Macy, Shame­less (Show­time) Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, (ABC) (Ama- Bas­kets (FX) Don­ald Glover

Will prob­a­bly win:

Big Lit­tle Lies The Amer­i­cans This Is Us. Veep;

Of­fred (Elis­a­beth Moss) lives in the Bi­b­li­cally-based dystopia of The Hand­maid’s Tale.

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