THE EM­MYS

USA TO­DAY takes a look at who will (and should) win on Sun­day.

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DRAMA SE­RIES

Bet­ter Call Saul, AMC The Crown, Net­flix

The Hand­maid’s Tale, Hulu House of Cards, Net­flix Stranger Things, Net­flix This Is Us, NBC West­world, HBO

Should win: The Hand­maid’s Tale

Will win: Stranger Things With­out Thrones, this is the most wide-open race, and the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries will be a group of scrappy kids from Hawthorne, Ind. Stranger Things be­came a full-blown sen­sa­tion last sum­mer, and Net­flix has been cam­paign­ing hard for its su­per­nat­u­ral se­ries to take the top prize. But there is a chance Eleven and friends could lose out to This is Us, the fam­ily drama with big rat­ings and the chance to end broad­cast net­works’ re­cent drought in this cat­e­gory. Ei­ther way, it’s a shame, be­cause although Stranger and Us are en­joy­able di­ver­sions, they don’t have the am­bi­tions of

Hulu’s stun­ning Hand­maid’s

Tale, with its strong act­ing, beau­ti­ful di­rec­tion and sharp writ­ing.

COM­EDY SE­RIES

At­lanta, FX Black-ish, ABC Master of None, Net­flix Mod­ern Fam­ily, ABC Sil­i­con Val­ley, HBO Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt, Net­flix Veep, HBO

Should win: At­lanta

Will win: Veep

Veep is a great se­ries that found new rel­e­vancy dur­ing a tu­mul­tuous po­lit­i­cal time, and that should cat­a­pult it to a third straight win in this cat­e­gory. But the more dar­ing and ex­cit­ing se­ries in the race is Don­ald Glover’s At­lanta, which of­fers a unique world view from a tal­ented au­teur.

LIMITED SE­RIES

Big Lit­tle Lies, HBO Fargo, FX Feud: Bette and Joan, FX Ge­nius, Na­tional Geo­graphic The Night Of, HBO

Should win: Big Lit­tle Lies Will win: Big Lit­tle Lies Each of the nom­i­nees has star power and ac­claim be­hind it, but Lies be­came a part of the zeit­geist in a way the other four nom­i­nees could not man­age. And with its ex­cel­lent act­ing and emo­tional con­clu­sion, the HBO se­ries de­serves the at­ten­tion.

TV MOVIE

Black Mir­ror: San Ju­nipero, Net­flix Dolly Par­ton’s Christ­mas of Many Colors: Cir­cle of Love, NBC The Im­mor­tal Life of Hen­ri­etta Lacks, HBO Sher­lock: The Ly­ing De­tec­tive, Mas­ter­piece/PBS The Wiz­ard of Lies, HBO Should win: Black Mir­ror: San Ju­nipero

Will win: Black Mir­ror: San Ju­nipero San Ju­nipero, an episode of Net­flix’s Black Mir­ror an­thol­ogy re­vival with a sur­pris­ingly in­no­va­tive sci-fi con­cept, was one of the best and most gut­ting pieces of tele­vi­sion pro­duced this year. It should eas­ily walk away with this award.

LEAD AC­TOR, DRAMA SE­RIES

Matthew Rhys, The Amer­i­cans (FX) Bob Odenkirk, Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC) Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Net­flix) Liev Schreiber, Ray Dono­van (Show­time) Ster­ling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC) Milo Ven­timiglia, This Is Us (NBC) An­thony Hop­kins, West­world (HBO)

Should win: Matthew Rhys Will win: Ster­ling K. Brown

In a slightly off sea­son for The Amer­i­cans as a whole, Rhys man­aged to con­tinue to ex­pand his char­ac­ter. How­ever, he’ll likely miss the award this year thanks to Brown’s emo­tional turn on This is Us, an ex­tremely wor­thy per­for­mance.

LEAD AC­TRESS, DRAMA SE­RIES

Keri Rus­sell, The Amer­i­cans (FX) Claire Foy, The Crown (Net­flix) Elis­a­beth Moss, The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu) Robin Wright, House of Cards (Net­flix) Vi­ola Davis, How to Get Away With Mur­der (ABC) Evan Rachel Wood, West­world

(HBO)

Should win: Elis­a­beth Moss Will win: Elis­a­beth Moss

If you bet on one cat­e­gory this year, make it this one. Be­tween Hand­maid’s po­lit­i­cal mes­sag­ing and crit­i­cal ac­claim, Moss has noth­ing but (well-de­served) mo­men­tum go­ing into Sun­day’s cer­e­mony.

LEAD AC­TOR, COM­EDY SE­RIES

Don­ald Glover, At­lanta (FX) Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, Bas­kets (FX) An­thony An­der­son, Black-ish (ABC)

Aziz An­sari, Master of None (Net­flix) Wil­liam H. Macy, Shame­less (Show­time) Jef­frey Tam­bor, Trans­par­ent (Ama­zon)

Should win: Don­ald Glover Will win: Don­ald Glover While At­lanta likely won’t take the top com­edy prize, the odds look good for Glover’s an­chor­ing per­for­mance on the se­ries. As Earn, he’s just sub­tle and af­fect­ing enough to make At­lanta work.

LEAD AC­TRESS, COM­EDY SE­RIES

Pamela Ad­lon, Bet­ter Things (FX) Tracee El­lis Ross, Black-ish (ABC) Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie (Net­flix) Lily Tom­lin, Grace and Frankie (Net­flix) Al­li­son Jan­ney, Mom (CBS) El­lie Kem­per, Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt (Net­flix) Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus, Veep (HBO)

Should win: Tracee El­lis Ross Will win: Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus Never bet against JL-D. If she’s vic­to­ri­ous again, she’ll set a record for num­ber of wins by an ac­tress for the same role (six), and tie Cloris Leach­man’s record of eight wins for a per­former. But she’s been well­honored for play­ing Selina Meyer, while Ross hasn’t yet for Black-ish, in a role that adds heart and hi­lar­ity to an al­ready great sit­com.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR, DRAMA SE­RIES

Jonathan Banks, Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC) John Lith­gow, The Crown (Net­flix) Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Net­flix) David Har­bour, Stranger Things (Net­flix) Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us (NBC) Jef­frey Wright, West­world (HBO)

Should win: John Lith­gow

Will win: John Lith­gow Ear­lier this year, when it cleaned up at the Golden Globes and the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards, The Crown seemed like a front-run­ner in sev­eral cat­e­gories. Things have changed, but not for Lith­gow’s cel­e­brated take on an ag­ing Win­ston Churchill.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS, DRAMA SE­RIES

Ann Dowd, The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu) Samira Wi­ley, The Hand­maid’s

Tale (Hulu)

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Net­flix) Mil­lie Bobby Brown, Stranger

Things (Net­flix)

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC) Thandie New­ton, West­world (HBO)

Should win: Samira Wi­ley Will win: Thandie New­ton Moss’ Hand­maid’s char­ac­ter is so big that a sup­port­ing player like Wi­ley, who gave the dark and some­times dreary se­ries much­needed en­ergy ev­ery time she was on­screen, could get overlooked. In­stead, West­world’s New­ton prob­a­bly will be re­warded for el­e­vat­ing ev­ery one of her scenes in the mid­dling drama.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR, COM­EDY SE­RIES

Louie An­der­son, Bas­kets (FX) Ty Bur­rell, Mod­ern Fam­ily (ABC) Alec Bald­win, Satur­day Night Live (NBC) Ti­tuss Burgess, Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt (Net­flix) Tony Hale, Veep (HBO) Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Should win: Matt Walsh

Will win: Alec Bald­win Bald­win’s im­pres­sion of Pres­i­dent Trump, both be­fore and af­ter the elec­tion, helped buoy Satur­day Night Live to its most-watched sea­son in decades, and the TV Academy won’t ig­nore that. Walsh, how­ever, has been toil­ing in the wings of Veep for six sea­sons, and just keeps get­ting bet­ter.

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS, COM­EDY SE­RIES

Vanessa Bayer, Satur­day Night Live (NBC) Les­lie Jones, Satur­day Night Live (NBC)

Kate McKin­non, Satur­day Night Live (NBC) Kathryn Hahn, Trans­par­ent (Ama­zon) Ju­dith Light, Trans­par­ent (Ama­zon) Anna Ch­lum­sky, Veep (HBO)

Should win: Vanessa Bayer Will win: Kate McKin­non

All three women of SNL are great choices for this award, but it would be just de­light­ful to see Bayer, an un­der­rated cast mem­ber who ex­ited the se­ries in May, be re­warded for her en­thu­si­as­tic con­tri­bu­tions.

LEAD AC­TOR, LIMITED SE­RIES OR MOVIE

Ewan McGre­gor, Fargo (FX) Ge­of­frey Rush, Ge­nius (Na­tional Geo­graphic)

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO) John Tur­turro, The Night Of (HBO) Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Sher­lock: The Ly­ing De­tec­tive (Mas­ter­piece/PBS)

Robert De Niro, The Wiz­ard of Lies (HBO)

Should win: Riz Ahmed Will win: Robert De Niro

De Niro has a lot of good­will go­ing for him, even if The Wiz­ard of Lies was a pretty un­re­mark­able film. But Ahmed is fas­ci­nat­ing as a seem­ingly de­cent man con­victed of mur­der in The Night Of.

LEAD AC­TRESS, LIMITED SE­RIES OR MOVIE

Felic­ity Huff­man, Amer­i­can Crime (ABC) Ni­cole Kid­man, Big Lit­tle Lies (HBO) Reese Wither­spoon, Big Lit­tle Lies (HBO) Car­rie Coon, Fargo (FX) Jes­sica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX) Su­san Saran­don, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Should win: Ni­cole Kid­man Will win: Ni­cole Kid­man

Four ac­tresses in this cat­e­gory have five Os­cars be­tween them. But Kid­man has been al­most uni­ver­sally praised for her Big Lit­tle Lies arc as an abused wife com­ing to terms with her own re­al­ity. It’s top-notch and it stole the show.

DON­ALD GLOVER BY AFP/GETTY IMAGES; ELIS­A­BETH MOSS BY HULU; STER­LING K. BROWN BY GETTY IMAGES; MIL­LIE BOBBY BROWN BY NET­FLIX; TRACEE EL­LIS ROSS BY ABC

GUGU MBATHA-RAW, MACKEN­ZIE DAVIS BY NET­FLIX

ALEXAN­DER SKARS­GÅRD, NI­COLE KID­MAN BY HBO

JU­LIA LOUIS-DREY­FUS BY HBO

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN, GATEN MATARAZZO, FINN WOLFHARD, MIL­LIE BOBBY BROWN BY NET­FLIX

THANDIE NEW­TON BY HBO

STER­LING K. BROWN BY NBC

JOHN LITH­GOW BY NET­FLIX

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