Emmy predictions: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’?

Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy
Associated Press

Los Angeles

Scaling Emmy heights is tough in the era of so-called peak TV, with the volume of shows matched by lofty expectations from academy voters.

Good isn’t enough for comedies and dramas, which need to resonate with the current political and social zeitgeist. Actors who also pull off the high-wire act of writing and directing collect more respect and trophies.

Talent aside, a lavish marketing campaign helps in a crowded field: With as many as seven or eight nominees in some key categories, about 14 percent of the TV academy vote can determine who gets a trophy, according to awards website Gold Derby.

So is it “Game of Thrones” (with a leading 22 nods, but the majority technical ones) or “The Handmaid’s Tale” for best drama? Will Donald Glover repeat as best comedy actor for “Atlanta” or could Bill Hader of freshman “Barry” be an upset winner?

The comedy arena is the big unknown: It’s wide open with two-time winner “Veep” and its star, six-time comedy actress champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus, sitting this one out.

Despite such daunting wild-card factors, we’re still game to predict who will win, and who should at the ceremony airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Monday. It’s hosted by “Saturday Night Live” players Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Here’s are AP Television Writer Lynn Elber and Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy’s guesses in the glamour categories:

70th Primetime

Emmy Awards

Hosts Colin Jost, Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live”

8 p.m. Monday

NBC (Channel 4)

Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles