Ac­tress, com­edy se­ries

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Elber

Should win: Rachel Bros­na­han is daz­zling as a be­trayed wife who finds her voice in witty and cathar­tic stand-up rants. Bros­na­han is the right in­ter­preter for cre­ator Amy Sher­man-Pal­ladino’s post-“Gil­more Girls” re­al­ism.

Will win: Bros­na­han. A break­out charmer in the right ve­hi­cle. Kennedy Should win: No Louis-Drey­fus this time, so the Em­mys will crown a new com­edy queen for the first time in six years. TV moms Tracee El­lis Ross and Al­li­son Jan­ney have been pa­tient. But Pamela Ad­lon in “Bet­ter Things” is a raw, un­flinch­ing, lov­ing por­trait of a mod­ern, messy mid­dleaged one.

Will win: Bros­na­han, who delivers a man­nered, win­ning per­for­mance — as a mom, nat­u­rally. ex­e­cuted ex­plo­ration of a tor­mented man and his past.

Will win: “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story.” Pro­ducer Ryan Mur­phy knows how to work the big can­vas, as he proved with Emmy-lav­ished “The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son: Amer­i­can Crime Story.”

Kennedy

Should win: “The Loom­ing Tower.” Mix­ing fact and fic­tion to trace the messy U.S. re­sponse to the rise of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, the se­ries bites off a lot, but delivers. Will win: “Gianni Ver­sace.” The “Amer­i­can Crime Story” fran­chise, like Mur­phy’s hor­ror an­thol­ogy se­ries, is too hard to beat, be­ing equal parts lurid and fas­ci­nat­ing.

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