Actress, comedy series
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.”
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.