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Final Emmy Predictions: ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘The Crown’ Feel Like Locks, While Limited Series Is a Tossup

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There will almost certainly be several winners clutching their first-ever Emmys the night of Sept. 19 — some of whom are practically shoo-ins, like “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis, who had never been nominated before this year. (Actually, that’s true of his fellow “Ted Lasso” co-stars as well.)

Others have been nominated before but are on tap to finally win one, such as Kathryn Hahn for “WandaVision” — and on a terribly tragic and bittersweet note, the late Michael K. Williams, for “Lovecraft Country.” I couldn’t wait to see him land that Emmy, so overdue given his body of work. And I’m so saddened that he won’t be there to soak in that moment.

Williams’ death casts a bit of a pall on this year’s ceremony, but there are also plenty of uplifting moments to look forward to, including the chance for both Jean Smart and Kenan Thompson — easily among TV’s Most Valuable Players — to potentially each win two Emmys on the night (but at the very least, one apiece).

I feel like after the year that we’ve had, it’s time for some uplift. This won’t solve our problems, as Texas lawmakers attempt to curtail voting rights and the rights of women, and anti-vaxxers selfishly keep our country from moving past this pandemic, but the Emmys have a chance to honor shows that celebrate the human spirit, like “Ted Lasso,” and feature damn good storytelling, like “Mare of Easttown.”

Perhaps I’m a little punchy after covering this race, but I think voters are ready to make some noise by honoring “Pose” on the way out, perhaps with a history-making win for Mj Rodriguez. With just two entrants in the sketch race, how fun would it be to see Robin Thede up there? (No offense to Lorne Michaels; he’ll be OK.) And how are we so lucky to have two amazing Hannahs (Einbinder and Waddingham) competing in the comedy supporting actress race?

Listen below as Variety’s Clayton Davis, Jazz Tangcay and I dissect, one last time, this year’s various races:

Now, here’s my stab at this year’s final predictions. It’s a great crop of contenders, and no matter who wins, it promises to be a big night.

“The Crown” (Netflix); backup: “Pose” (FX)

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus); backup: “Hacks” (HBO Max)

“Mare of Easttown” (HBO); backup: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

Billy Porter (“Pose”); backup: Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)

Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”); backup: Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”); backup: Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)

Jean Smart (“Hacks”); backup: Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)

Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”); backup: Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)

Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”); backup: Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

Michael K. Williams (“Lovecraft Country”); backup: Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”); backup: Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”); backup: Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”); backup: Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)

Evan Peters (“Mare of........

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