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Here's who will -- and who should -- win Emmys

Will voters love ”Raymond”? Can ”Six Feet Under” bury the competition? Here are our picks for who’ll win — and who SHOULD win — TV’s top honor on Sept. 21

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Friends, Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston: Danny Feld for NBC

Here’s who will — and who should — win Emmys

Watching ”Friends” vs. ”Raymond” and ”Sopranos” vs. ”West Wing” can be more exciting than some of the season’s new shows. That’s why you need to prep for the Sept. 21 ceremony where the stars vie for TV’s primo awards.

Here’s a reminder about who’s in the race for the top 10 categories — plus our predictions about the final outcome.

Matt LeBlanc | LeBLANC
Image credit: Matt LeBlanc: MR Photo/Corbis Outline
LeBLANC

Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Comedy

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Bernie Mac
”The Bernie Mac Show” Larry David
”Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Ray Romano
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
Matt LeBlanc
”Friends”
Tony Shalhoub
”Monk”
Eric McCormack
”Will & Grace”

WHO SHOULD WIN Joey’s spin-off might not last, so let’s give LeBlanc a long-overdue award while we still can.

WHO WILL WIN Shalhoub — everyone we know, even dear old Mom, LOVES that crazy Monk!

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Friends, Jennifer Aniston | ANISTON
Image credit: Jennifer Aniston: Danny Feld for NBC
ANISTON

Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Comedy Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Patricia Heaton
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
Jennifer Aniston
”Friends”
Jane Kaczmarek
”Malcolm in the Middle”
Sarah Jessica Parker
”Sex and the City”
Debra Messing
”Will & Grace”

WHO SHOULD WIN Oscar snubbed Aniston for ”The Good Girl,” but another Emmy would be a nice consolation.

WHO WILL WIN Messing — voters see her as the prime-time Susan Lucci; she’s overdue for a win and will get it if she promises to stop impersonaing Lucille Ball.

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Peter Boyle | BOYLE
Image credit: Peter Boyle: Robert Voets/CBS
BOYLE

Outstanding Supporting Actor
in a Comedy Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Peter Boyle
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
Brad Garrett
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
John Mahoney
”Frasier”
David Hyde Pierce
”Frasier”
Bryan Cranston
”Malcolm in the Middle”
Sean Hayes
”Will & Grace”

WHO SHOULD WIN Boyle’s Frank is the only Barone who hasn’t taken home an Emmy. As he might say, ”Holy crap!”

WHO WILL WIN Mahoney — no one wants to look as if they’ve given up on ”Frasier” at the start of its final season.

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Cynthia Nixon | NIXON
Image credit: Cynthia Nixon: Craig Blankenhorn
NIXON

Outstanding Supporting Actress
in a Comedy Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Cheryl Hines
”Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Doris Roberts
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
Kim Cattrall
”Sex and the City”
Cynthia Nixon
”Sex and the City”
Megan Mullally
”Will & Grace”

WHO SHOULD WIN For finely honing single mother Miranda’s sharp edges, it’s Nixon in a landslide.

WHO WILL WIN Hines. Even people who don’t like ”Curb” like the way her character reins in Larry David when he’s behaving most naughtily.

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Courteney Cox, Friends | 'FRIENDS'
‘FRIENDS’

Outstanding Comedy Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Comedy Series

”Curb Your Enthusiasm”
”Everybody Loves Raymond”
”Friends”
”Sex and the City
”Will & Grace”

WHO SHOULD WIN There’s a reason why it remains TV’s top-rated sitcom: After eight supremely witty and winning seasons, we’ve only grown fonder of our dear old ”Friends.”

WHO WILL WIN ”Raymond” — voters love to get behind a popular show once they hear it’s planning to shut down.

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Peter Krause, Six Feet Under | KRAUSE
KRAUSE

Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Drama Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Michael Chiklis
”The Shield”
Peter Krause
”Six Feet Under”
James Gandolfini
”The Sopranos”
Kiefer Sutherland
”24”
Martin Sheen
”The West Wing”

WHO SHOULD WIN ”Sports Night” vet Krause tackled Nate’s complex tangle of emotions with Olympian mastery.

WHO WILL WIN Gandolfini — that season finale, with its epic tussle between Tony and Carmela, puts him ahead in voters’ minds.

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Jennifer Garner | GARNER
Image credit: Jennifer Garner: ABC/Reisig and Taylor
GARNER

Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Drama Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Garner
”Alias”
Marg Helgenberger
”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
Frances Conroy
”Six Feet Under”
Edie Falco
”The Sopranos”
Allison Janney
”The West Wing”

WHO SHOULD WIN Through outlandish plot twists, the gifted Garner kept Sydney firmly grounded in reality.

WHO WILL WIN Falco gave the female performance of the year; she also triumphed on the New York stage, so voters will be suitably swayed.

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Victor Garber | GARBER
Image credit: Victor Garber: Reisig and Taylor
GARBER

Outstanding Supporting Actor
in a Drama Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Victor Garber
”Alias”
Michael Imperioli
”The Sopranos”
Joe Pantoliano
”The Sopranos”
John Spencer
”The West Wing”
Bradley Whitford
”The West Wing”

WHO SHOULD WIN His Jack Bristow may have been a double agent, but Garber made the Spy Dad 3-D.

WHO WILL WIN Pantoliano was terrific in ”The Sopranos,” and the industry will like the way he committed to series television with the upcoming ”The Handler.”

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Lena Olin | OLIN
Image credit: Lena Olin: Reisig and Taylor
OLIN

Outstanding Supporting Actress
in a Drama Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lena Olin
”Alias”
Tyne Daly
”Judging Amy”
Lauren Ambrose
”Six Feet Under”
Rachel Griffiths
”Six Feet Under”
Stockard Channing
”The West Wing”

WHO SHOULD WIN An Oscar nominee for ”Enemies: A Love Story,” Olin merits a role in ”Emmys: A Love Story.”

WHO WILL WIN Olin — voters love to think they’ve helped revive a career, and they know ”Alias” deserves more awards than it’s gotten.

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Six Feet Under | 'SIX FEET UNDER'
‘SIX FEET UNDER’

Outstanding Drama Series

Our Emmys pick: Outstanding Drama Series

”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
”Six Feet Under”
”The Sopranos”
”24”
”The West Wing”

WHO SHOULD WIN With ”The West Wing,” ”24,” and ”The Sopranos” coming off uneven seasons and ”CSI” not in the same league, the consistently compelling funeral-home drama stands ”Six Feet” above the competition.

WHO WILL WIN ”The Sopranos” had an uneven season, but nailed its Emmy with the finale’s feisty fight between Tony and Carmela, two cats on a hot parquet floor.

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