Emmy Awards: Who Will Take Home the Statuettes

The charming and debonair Stephen Colbert will host as 27 awards are handed out on Sunday night at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and it looks like hardly anybody is watching the most likely winners. That’s a shame because this years freshman class of nominees has a lot going for it, entertainment-wise. We are in another golden age of television with dozens of providers putting out quality programming. Frankly, it’s little overwhelming at times. We’ll have a guide to fall TV next week to help you navigate what to watch and what to skip, but for now here are my picks for who should win the prize and my encouragement to you, dear reader, to watch the best of the best.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Winner: “Veep”
Spoiler: “Atlanta”
I want “Atlanta” to win because it’s one of the best things on TV right now. I am aware that “Veep” is a much more likely winner.
“Atlanta”
“Black-ish”
Master of None
“Modern Family”
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Spoiler: Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Louis-Dreyfus is currently tied with Candice Bergen and Don Knotts for the most wins for a person in the same role on the same series so just maybe they’ll send her out with the prize. But Pamela Adlon would be a very satisfying win for her great work on “Better Things.”
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Winner: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Spoiler: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Tambor is a perennial favorite, but Donald Glover has given us a truly great show in “Atlanta” so I’m hoping the Academy honors that gift.
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Spoiler: Judith Light, “Transparent”
I’m not a fan of Saturday Night Live, but I am very aware that Kate McKinnon is the star around which SNL orbits these days.
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
It’s nice they nominated other guys in the category, but the reality is Baldwin’s got this all sewn up.
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Winner: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Spoiler: “This Is Us” or “Stranger Things” may be the disrupter if international popularity is a factor.
“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“House of Cards”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Winner: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Spoiler: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
The Handmaid’s Take is extraordinary television, and that’s in huge part thanks to Moss’ astonishing talents.
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Winner: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Spoiler: Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
“This is Us” is a bit of a tear-jerker but Brown is the warm, centered center of the emotional series.
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us ”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”
Spoiler: Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” or Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Metz is a rare treat on TV as she reveals just as much about her self as she explores her characters nuances. Brown and Newton are fan faves, and it would be fun to see either take the prize.
Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: John Lithgow, “The Crown”
Spoiler: Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”
It’s an unlikely thing to have Lithgow not take this award, but Wright did do some fascinating things to mess with our minds on the HBO drama.
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
Winner: “Big Little Lies”
Spoiler: “Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Big Little Lies” has 16 nominations compared to 18 for “Feud, ” so this one is a tough call. I go with “Lies” with a slight edge for sheer star power and doing to strong adaptation of a tough book.
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Genius”
“The Night Of”

BEST TV MOVIE
Winner: “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
Spoiler: “Black Mirror”
I’m a huge “Sherlock” fan so this one might be a bit biased… but I’m still right.
“Black Mirror: San Junipero”
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
“The Wizard of Lies”

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Winner: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Spoiler: Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Kidman was the standout among some very compelling performances in “Big Little Lies, ” and that alone is worth the recognition.
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Winner: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
Spoiler: Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Even my love of Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t blind me to the transformative performance of Riz Ahmed in “The Night Of.”
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

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