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EMMY AWARDS

Who will take home the rest of the ma­jor Em­mys on Sun­day (ABC, 8 ET/5 PT)? USA TO­DAY TV Critic Robert Bianco looks at who prob­a­bly will — and who cer­tainly should.

- Entertainment · Viola Davis · Empire · Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Ltd. · United States of America · Keri Russell · The Americans · Robin Wright Penn · Netflix · Bloodline · Kevin Spacey · The Last Man on Earth · HBO · Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt · Veep · Amy Schumer · Kit Harington · Michael Kelly · Jon Voight · FX · O. J. Simpson · American Crime Story · The Roots · Claire Danes · How To Get Away With Murder · Taraji P. Henson · Tatiana Maslany · House of Cards (U.S. TV series) · Kyle Chandler · Rami Malek · Mr. Robot · Bob Odenkirk · Better Call Saul · Matthew Rhys · Liev Schreiber · Anthony Anderson · Aziz Ansari · Master of None · Will Forte · William H. Macy · Shameless · Thomas Middleditch · Jeffrey Tambor · Ellie Kemper · Julia Louis-Dreyfus · Laurie Metcalf · Tracee Ellis Ross · Lily Tomlin · James Ware · Jonathan Banks · Peter Dinklage · Game of Thrones · Ben Mendelsohn

LIM­ITED SERIES

Amer­i­can Crime (ABC) Fargo (FX) The Night Man­ager (AMC) The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son: Amer­i­can Crime Story ( FX) Roots (His­tory)

Should win: The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son

Will win: The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son If Amer­i­can Crime, Fargo, Night Man­ager or Roots could have been shoe­horned into the movie cat­e­gory, where the com­pe­ti­tion is fairly weak, any one of them would have been fa­vored to win. But here, up against the year’s most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion, they all seem des­tined to share sec­ond place.

AC­TRESS, DRAMA

Claire Danes, Home­land (Showtime) Vi­ola Davis, How to Get Away With Mur­der (ABC) Taraji P. Hen­son, Em­pire (Fox) Ta­tiana Maslany, Or­phan Black (BBC Amer­ica) Keri Rus­sell, The Amer­i­cans (FX) Robin Wright, House of Cards (Net­flix)

Should win: Keri Rus­sell

Will win: Vi­ola Davis Make no mis­take: Last year’s win­ner, Davis, is a fab­u­lous ac­tor, and a sec­ond win by her should gen­er­ate few com­plaints. But while her per­for­mance was as good as ever, the writ­ing just did not make as good or var­ied a use of her tal­ents — which could open the door for Rus­sell, who had her best sea­son yet as a woman torn be­tween her duty to her coun­try and her child.

AC­TOR, DRAMA

Kyle Chan­dler, Blood­line (Net­flix) Rami Malek, Mr. Ro­bot (USA) Bob Odenkirk, Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC) Matthew Rhys, The Amer­i­cans (FX)

Liev Schreiber, Ray Dono­van (Showtime) Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Net­flix)

Should win: Rami Malek

Will win: Rami Malek This is Kevin Spacey’s fourth straight nom­i­na­tion in this cat­e­gory, which might make him the sen­ti­men­tal fa­vorite if it were a role that in­spired sen­ti­ment. Still, even if vot­ers’ hearts were lean­ing Spacey’s way, Malek’s per­for­mance was so spe­cial, and so jar­ringly dif­fer­ent than any­thing else on TV, that he should be very hard to beat. And if, by chance, some­one does pull an up­set and beat him, I’d rather it were Rhys, whose work has been over­looked for too long.

AC­TOR, COM­EDY

An­thony An­der­son, Black-ish (ABC) Aziz An­sari, Master of None (Net­flix) Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox) Wil­liam H. Macy, Shame­less (Showtime) Thomas Mid­dled­itch, Sil­i­con Val­ley (HBO) Jef­frey Tam­bor, Trans­par­ent (Showtime)

Should win: Jef­frey Tam­bor

Will win: Jef­frey Tam­bor In some ways, this cat­e­gory sim­ply isn’t fair. What Tam­bor is given to do in Trans­par­ent is richer and far more dra­matic than any­thing his com­peti­tors are al­lowed to of­fer. That, how­ever, is not his fault, just as it’s not his fault that his re­peat vic­tory will come at the ex­pense of An­der­son and An­sari, ei­ther of whom might have won were Tam­bor not in the race. But he is, and he de­serves the Emmy.

AC­TRESS, COM­EDY

El­lie Kem­per, Un­break­able Kimmy Schmidt (Net­flix) Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus, Veep (HBO) Lau­rie Met­calf, Get­ting On (HBO) Tracee El­lis Ross, Black-ish (ABC) Amy Schumer, In­side Amy Schumer (Com­edy Cen­tral) Lily Tom­lin, Grace and Frankie (Net­flix)

Should win: Tracee El­lis Ross

Will win: Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus Noth­ing against Louis-Drey­fus, who is one of TV’s bright­est stars and who con­tin­ues to turn in a comic tour de force in Veep. But that tour has net­ted her four Emmy wins in a row, and it just feels like that’s enough. Surely this is one of those times the Em­mys can move on to some­one new with­out hurt­ing any­one’s feel­ings — and that some­one should be Ross, who is her show’s emo­tional cen­ter.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC) Peter Din­klage, Game of Thrones (HBO) Kit Har­ing­ton, Game of Thrones (HBO) Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Net­flix) Ben Men­del­sohn, Blood­line (Net­flix) Jon Voight, Ray Dono­van (Showtime)

Should win: Jonathan Banks

Will win: Kit Har­ing­ton This is an­other cat­e­gory for which a re­peat win — in this case, for Din­klage — should not be ruled out. Still, it does seem that most of the Thrones at­ten­tion this sea­son went to Har­ing­ton, and most likely that will be enough to push the Emmy his way. My vote would go to Banks, but then, that could be true al­most any year.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS, DRAMA

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO) Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO) Mag­gie Smith, Down­ton Abbey (PBS) Maura Tier­ney, The Af­fair (Showtime) Maisie Wil­liams, Game of Thrones (HBO) Con­stance Zim­mer, Un­REAL (Life­time)

Should win: Con­stance Zim­mer

Will win: Lena Headey There’s al­ways a chance, of course, that the Thrones trio will can­cel each other out, hand­ing the Emmy to, say, Smith — who should never be un­der­es­ti­mated. But the Emmy odd­s­mak­ers seem to fa­vor Headey, and in this case, I’m loathe to fight the odds.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS, COM­EDY

Anna Ch­lum­sky, Veep (HBO) Gaby Hoff­mann, Trans­par­ent (Ama­zon) Al­li­son Jan­ney, Mom (CBS) Ju­dith Light, Trans­par­ent (Ama­zon) Kate McKin­non, Satur­day Night Live (NBC) Niecy Nash, Get­ting On (HBO)

Should win: Ju­dith Light

Will win: Al­li­son Jan­ney Or maybe it’s the other way around. That’s how close these two ter­rific ac­tors are — and how good their ma­te­rial was.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR, COM­EDY

Louie An­der­son, Bas­kets (FX) An­dre Braugher, Brook­lyn Nine-Nine (Fox) Ty Bur­rell, Mod­ern Fam­ily (ABC) Ti­tuss Burgess, Un­break­able Kimmy Schmidt (Net­flix) Tony Hale, Veep (HBO) Kee­gan-Michael Key, Key and Peele (Com­edy Cen­tral) Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Should win: Louie An­der­son

Will win: Tony Hale This was not Hale’s best sea­son on Veep, and his was not the best sup­port­ing per­for­mance on the show. But that may not stop vot­ers from re­ward­ing him yet again. Which is a shame, be­cause An­der­son’s gen­der-bend­ing per­for­mance was the best in the cat­e­gory, and the best of his ca­reer.

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SARAH SHATZ, USA NET­WORK
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DAR­REN MICHAELS, WARNER BROS. EN­TER­TAIN­MENT
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RAY MICKSHAW, FX
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JEN­NIFER CLASEN, AMA­ZON
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HE­LEN SLOAN, HBO
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ALI GOLD­STEIN, AP

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