‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ favored to win
Two Associated Press writers offer their predictions for the top awards at the 73rd primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 19 on CBS.
Nominees: “The Boys”; “Bridgerton”; “The Crown”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “Lovecraft Country”; “The Mandalorian;” “Pose”;
“This Is Us.”
Should win: “This Is Us.” It has been 15 years since a network winner (Fox’s “24” in 2006), and NBC’s series has been the sole broadcast nominee in recent years. Its nuanced storytelling about race, class and sexuality in everyday life shouldn’t be rare, but it is.
Will win: “The Crown.” As the British royal family saga entered the modern Charles-Diana era, its imaginary keyhole-peeking became even more brazen and captivating.
Should win: “Lovecraft Country” took pop culture by storm in August and helped advance the social conversation ignited by the killing of George Floyd with a unique blend of horror, fictional period drama, real historical figures, fantasy, sci-fi and social commentary.
Will win: Much safer is “The Crown.” Very royal, very English, very grand.
Nominees: “black-ish”; “Cobra Kai”; “Emily in Paris”; “Hacks”; “The Flight Attendant”; “The Kominsky Method”; “Pen15”; “Ted Lasso.”
Should win: “Ted Lasso.” A sick, weary and cynical
world needed a break, and Coach Lasso and his chirpy optimism came through with enough wit — and dashes of crass humor — to avoid giving us all a sugar rush.
Will win: “Ted Lasso.” Because we can’t take more disappointment.
Should win: “Hacks” is sharply written, satirical and a brilliant examination of the generational gap. Plus, it stars one of our great actors at the height of her powers (Jean Smart).
Will win: “Ted Lasso.” From sleeper hit to world conquering series, this tale of an American disruptor in England has a sweet heart and dollops of empathy.
Nominees: Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Emma Corrin, “The Crown;” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”; Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country.”
Should win: Aduba. Not since Dr. Melfi coaxed Tony Soprano into spilling his emotional guts have we wanted a therapist’s number.
Will win: Corrin. Defying the fairy-tale Princess Di fixed in the public imagination, Corrin skillfully creates a charming but mercurial young woman we accept on the drama’s terms. And the late Diana’s memory remains powerful. Kennedy
Should win: Colman. All hail the queen! She didn’t win an Emmy last year as a fantastically prickly Queen Elizabeth II — a most unfortunate oversight, I dare say — but must this year.
Will win: Corrin, riding the burst of new media interest in Princess Diana, will defeat her co-star, the queen.
Actor, drama series
Nominees: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”; Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”; Rege-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”; Billy Porter, “Pose.”
Should win: Majors. His open-faced vulnerability and muscular intensity were a match for the show’s visceral depiction of racism
and other horrors.
Will win: O’Connor. Whether O’Connor’s feckless, self-absorbed, entitled version of Prince Charles is true to life, it has a magnetic honesty. His angst-filled pas de deux with Corrin’s Diana seals the deal. Kennedy
Should win: Brown. He’s already gotten one Emmy as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us” but he deserves more. His perpetually unsure brother-dad-son on the show is a portrait both lovingly comedic and dramatically empathetic.
Will win: O’Connor. His slightly bemused, morose and frightfully shy, handsdeep-in-pockets approach to the prince is astonishing.
Actress, comedy series
Nominees: Aidy Bryant, “Shrill”; Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”; Allison Janney, “Mom”; Tracee
Ellis Ross, “black-ish”; Jean Smart, “Hacks.”
Should win: Smart. She has been an Emmy bridesmaid 10 times before as supporting or guest actor and laid claim to three trophies. Put her in a dramedy starring role and guess what? She kills.
Will win: Smart, no contest.
Should win: It’s smart what you said there, Lynn. Very smart.
Will win: Hopefully, the Emmy voters caught the strong summer love for Smart, who last won an Emmy in 2008 after backto-back wins in 2000 and 2001. “Hacks” is made for her — whip smart and abrasive yet vulnerable.
Actor, comedy series
Nominees: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; William H. Macy, “Shameless”; Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”; Kenan Thompson, “Kenan.”
Should win: Macy. His role as a shambling, tragicomic mess of an impoverished patriarch in the now-ended series was just one more of the character actor’s indelible creations.
Will win: Sudeikis. Yes, there is a deep-bench cast of rogues and schemers supporting him. But the show’s conceit is dependent on Sudeikis giving the character honesty and charm without smarm, and he does.
Should win: You know what else is honest and charming? Anderson in “black-ish.” You know what else is true? He’s never won an Emmy for being the lovable, slightly crazed dad on “black-ish.” Six times he has been nominated, but no wins. It’s more than time.
Will win: In a year when sweetness and compassion is rewarded, Sudeikis is the beneficiary.
Nominees: “I May Destroy You”; “Mare of Easttown”; “The Queen’s Gambit”; “The Underground Railroad”; “WandaVision.”
Should win: “I May Destroy You.” A young Black woman’s fateful night out in London unspools a provocative, unconventional drama that was showered with awards and turned creator-star Michaela Cole into a generational voice.
Will win: “The Queen’s Gambit.” A sleek production, the intriguing championship chess world setting and the breakout performance of star Anya TaylorJoy combine to give the coming-of-age tale a dominant strategy.
Should win: “I May Destroy You,” exploring the question of sexual consent in contemporary life.
Will win: “Mare of Easttown.” The safer choice, a ho-hum crime drama with lots of Method acting, frumpy outfits and accent work. Worthy also is the stylish “The Queen’s Gambit,” but Kate Winslet’s starry lead as Mare elevates her drab detective character to the win.