2017 Emmys: Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond clash over Best Drama Actor & Actress battles [WATCH]

With last year’s Best Drama Actress champ Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) not in the running, who will take her place in the Emmy winner’s circle? And can Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) claim back-to-back victories as Best Drama Actor? Watch Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil try to predict what will happen in their video slugfest above.

Claire Foy is the new ‘it’ girl here for the Emmys and for everybody,” Hammond notes about the reigning Golden Globe and SAG winner who plays Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown.” “She is a winner here and the show is very much beloved and it’s a great role for her to play. But I really think the time is right for Elisabeth Moss.”

O’Neil agrees that Moss is a dark horse to win, saying that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is “All about her, and the buzz on the show is deafening.” Other potential winners could be Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”).

In the discussion for Best Drama Actor, Hammond is predicting Bob Odenkirk to prevail for “Better Call Saul.” As he explains, “I think it’s his time, I think the character is great, and he won our Critics’ Choice Award. I think that show is consistently watched and popular and we’re watching him grow into this role.”

But O’Neil fires back, “What about Sterling K. Brown? He is out front [for ‘This Is Us’] and is a past winner last year for the ‘O.J. Simpson’ miniseries and is in this show that’s got so much heat.” They also warn to watch out for Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”).

See Pete Hammand’s Emmy predictions here. See Tom O’Neil’s Emmy picks here. See how their choices compare to all of Gold Derby’s other Emmy experts.

Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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