Pre­dic­tions: Will it be ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Hand­maid’s Tale’?

The Detroit News - - Weekend - LYNN ELBER AND MARK KENNEDY As­so­ci­ated Press

SLos An­ge­les cal­ing Emmy heights is tough in the era of so-called peak TV, with the vol­ume of shows matched by lofty ex­pec­ta­tions from academy vot­ers. Good isn’t enough for come­dies and dra­mas, which need to res­onate with the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal and so­cial zeit­geist. Ac­tors who also pull off the high-wire act of writ­ing and di­rect­ing col­lect more respect and tro­phies.

Tal­ent aside, a lav­ish mar­ket­ing cam­paign helps in a crowded field: With as many as seven or eight nom­i­nees in some key categories, about 14 per­cent of the TV academy vote can de­ter­mine who gets a tro­phy, ac­cord­ing to awards web­site Gold Derby.

So is it “Game of Thrones” (with a lead­ing 22 nods, but the ma­jor­ity tech­ni­cal ones) or “The Hand­maid’s Tale” for best drama? Will Don­ald Glover re­peat as best com­edy ac­tor for “At­lanta” or could Bill Hader of fresh­man “Barry” be an up­set win­ner?

The com­edy arena is the big un­known: It’s wide open with two-time win­ner “Veep” and its star, six­time com­edy ac­tress champ Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus, sit­ting this one out.

De­spite such daunt­ing wild-card fac­tors, we’re still game to pre­dict who will win, and who should at the cer­e­mony air­ing on NBC at 8 p.m. Mon­day. It’s hosted by “Satur­day Night Live” play­ers Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Here’s are AP Tele­vi­sion Writer Lynn Elber and En­ter­tain­ment Writer Mark Kennedy’s guesses in the glam­our categories:

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