Ac­tor, drama se­ries

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Elber

Should win: Matthew Rhys, “The Amer­i­cans.” Rhys’ somber, con­flicted de­pic­tion of Soviet spy Mis­cha, aka Amer­i­can fam­ily man Philip Jen­nings, grounded the now-ended se­ries. Time to honor him, com­rades.

Will win: Ster­ling K. Brown, “This Is Us.” Brown was the only net­work drama se­ries cast mem­ber to win last year, with ca­ble and stream­ing gob­bling all the other awards. And his ten­der-hearted fam­ily man is as af­fect­ing as ever.

Kennedy

Should win: Re­mem­ber when Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fi­nally won his Emmy on his eighth and last at­tempt? How he crawled onto the stage to accept his tro­phy, out of re­lief and ex­haus­tion? Maybe Rhys will do the same this time. He de­serves to af­ter six bril­liant sea­sons of “The Amer­i­cans.” Will win: Brown. Emmy vot­ers like to ride a win­ner — hello, Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus! — and Brown’s per­pet­u­ally un­sure brother-dad-son on “This Is Us” is a por­trait lov­ingly comedic and dra­mat­i­cally em­pa­thetic.

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