SO WHO DE­SERVES AN EMMY?

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We take a look at a few of the ma­jor cat­e­gories, predicting who is likely to take home the hard­ware:

OUT­STAND­ING DRAMA SERIES

The Con­tenders — Bet­ter Call Saul; The Crown; The Hand­maid’s Tale; House of Cards; Stranger Things; This Is Us; West­world.

Who Should Win — The bloom is off the House of Cards rose; Don­ald Trump’s real-life shenani­gans made the Un­der­woods look like out­siders. While Stranger Things nailed the nos­tal­gia of grow­ing up in the ‘80s amid in­ter­di­men­sional hor­ror, and Bet­ter Call Saul rocked the court­room with su­perla­tive drama, The Hand­maid’s Tale de­serves the win for sear­ing our screens with a dystopian fu­ture of women re­duced to breed­ing chat­tels.

OUT­STAND­ING COM­EDY SERIES

The Con­tenders — At­lanta; Black-ish; Mas­ter of None; Veep; Modern Fam­ily; Sil­i­con Val­ley; Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt.

Who Should Win — Modern Fam­ily (five wins) and Veep (two wins) have hogged the Em­mys this decade, but the new kids are ready to change that. Black-ish hit a win­ning stride this third sea­son, but the fresh At­lanta, about three up-and-com­ers in the rap game, hit the com­edy homer.

OUT­STAND­ING LEAD AC­TOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

The Con­tenders — 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).

Who Should Win — Rule Spacey out this year; his Pres­i­dent Un­der­wood has flown be­yond be­liev­able. And Hop­kins’ phoned it in amid the cow­boy ro­bots. Rhys has sadly been over­looked for way too long, but boo-hoo, such is life. The real dra­matic juice here was squeezed into the lens by Brown and Odenkirk — with the edge to “Slip­pin’ Jimmy”.

OUT­STAND­ING LEAD AC­TRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

The Con­tenders — 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).

Who Should Win — De­spite their A-game act­ing chops, Davis, Rus­sell and Wood will be over­shad­owed by Foy’s en­gag­ing turn as young Queen Elizabeth II torn be­tween love and duty. Moss de­serves the golden girl, how­ever, for her turn as a soul en­snared by a ter­ri­fy­ing so­ci­ety.

OUT­STAND­ING LEAD AC­TOR IN A COM­EDY SERIES

The Con­tenders — An­thony An­der­son (Black-ish); Aziz An­sari (Mas­ter of None); Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis (Bas­kets); Don­ald Glover (At­lanta); Wil­liam H Macy (Shame­less); Jef­frey Tam­bor (Trans­par­ent).

Who Should Win — Gal­i­fi­anakis hasn’t daz­zled since The Hang­over. Mean­while, Tam­bor’s fem­i­nine wiles see him shoot­ing for his third con­sec­u­tive win, while An­sari and Macy flex their fun­ny­man mus­cles with elan. But it’s Glover, who was hired by Tina Fey to write for 30 Rock, who’s the sparkler here.

OUT­STAND­ING LEAD AC­TRESS IN A COM­EDY SERIES

The Con­tenders — Pamela Ad­lon (Bet­ter Things); Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie); Allison Jan­ney (Mom); El­lie Kem­per (Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt); Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (Veep); Tracee El­lis Ross (Black-ish); Lily Tom­lin (Grace and Frankie).

Who Should Win — The un­sink­able Tom­lin de­serves a call to the podium for her third con­sec­u­tive nod as Frankie — while Fonda just doesn’t ra­di­ate enough warmth to kin­dle votes. No­body can dent the vi­cepres­i­den­tial brass of Drey­fus, with five con­sec­u­tive Veep wins and a sixth in the off­ing.

OUT­STAND­ING LIM­ITED SERIES

The Con­tenders — Big Lit­tle Lies; Fargo; Feud: Bette and Joan; Ge­nius; The Night Of.

Who Should Win — While Ge­nius did more than any TV show or movie to both hu­man­ise and scan­dalise the mem­ory of Ein­stein — Feud: Bette and Joan breathed spite­ful new life into one of Hol­ly­wood’s grand­est old tales. Feud all the way.

OUT­STAND­ING TELE­VI­SION MOVIE The Con­tenders — The

Ly­ing De­tec­tive; Black Mir­ror: San Ju­nipero; Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas of Many Col­ors: Cir­cle of Love; The Im­mor­tal Life of Hen­ri­etta Lacks; Sher­lock: The Wizard of Lies.

Who Should Win — While Wizard un­spooled with aplomb how Bernie Mad­off dec­i­mated his fam­ily with the big­gest fraud in Wall Street his­tory, Black Mir­ror should win. It flew well be­low the big-bucks public­ity radar to de­liver a Twi­light Zone-ish tale par ex­cel­lence.

OUT­STAND­ING VA­RI­ETY TALK SERIES

The Con­tenders — Full Frontal with Saman­tha Bee; Jimmy Kim­mel Live!; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert; The Late Late Show with James Cor­den; Real Time with Bill Ma­her.

Who Should Win — There is a ton of sup­port Bee, who’s won mil­lions of fans for work­ing a half-hour a week, and Oliver still de­liv­ers wit like a viper’s bite. Bee will prob­a­bly win … but Cor­den makes his warm, wel­com­ing alchemy look easy.

OUT­STAND­ING VA­RI­ETY SKETCH SERIES

The Con­tenders — Billy on the Street; Doc­u­men­tary Now!; Drunk His­tory; Port­landia; Saturday Night Live; Tracey Ull­man’s Show.

Who Should Win — SNL is a sure thing. Pro­ducer Lorne Michaels and his giddy crew caught fire this past sea­son, their strong­est in decades, en­er­gised by Alec Bald­win’s tart, mock­ing im­per­son­ation of Trump.

OUT­STAND­ING RE­AL­ITY-COM­PE­TI­TION PRO­GRAM

The Con­tenders — The Amaz­ing Race; Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior; Project Run­way; RuPaul’s Drag Race; Top Chef; The Voice.

Who Should Win — Let’s get real. The only two qual­ity of­fer­ings here are The Amaz­ing Race — which has twice put UAE in the global spot­light with sprints to Abu Dhabi (2013) and Dubai (2016) — and The Voice, which is most likely to hum the vic­tory tune here.

TV host Stephen Col­bert

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus in ‘Veep’

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