Emmy cheat sheet: Who will win every category

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The 25 categories are listed below as they will be presented at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday. Click on each category title for more information, including a detailed breakdown of the predictions and analysis of the nominees in that race.

The nominees in each category are listed in order of their likelihood of winning. Every series acting Emmy nominee submits one sample episode to judges who view them at home. Every series nominee submits six episodes and judges view a pair of these. 

Gold Derby has set odds for the acting and series nominees based on the predictions of our experts, editors and users. Click on each acting and series nominee for its Emmy history. Our editors also analyzed the writing and directing nominees and ranked them as well. 

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family“) – “Good Cop, Bad Dog” – 2/3
Chris Colfer (“Glee“) – “Grilled Cheesus” – 11/2
Ed ONeill (“Modern Family“) – “The Kiss” – 11/2
Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“) – “Mother’s Day” – 20/1
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family“) – “Halloween” –25/1
Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“) – “The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel” – 50/1

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jane Lynch (“Glee“) – “Funeral” – 6/5
Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland“) – “Free Elka” – 7/2
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“) – “Strangers on a Treadmill” – 6/1
Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family“) – “Slow Down Your Neighbors” – 15-1
Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live“) – “Host: Jane Lynch” – 20-1
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock“) – “Queen of Jordan” – 100-1

COMEDY DIRECTING
Steve Levitan, “Modern Family” – “See You Next Fall”
Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family” – “Slow Down Your Neighbours”
Michael Alan Spiller, “Modern Family” – “Halloween”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, “30 Rock” – “Live Show”
Pamela Fryman, “How I Met Your Mother” – “Subway Wars”

COMEDY WRITING
Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, “Modern Family” – “Caught in the Act”
Greg Daniels, “The Office” – “Good-bye Michael”
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, “Episodes” – “Episode 107”
Louis C.K., “Louie” – “Poker/Divorce”
Matt Hubbard, “30 Rock” – “Reaganing”

COMEDY ACTOR
Steve Carell (“The Office“) – “Good-Bye Michael” – 1/10
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) – “The Agreement Dissection” – 25/1
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock“) – “Respawn” – 100/1
Louis C.K. (“Louie“) – “Bully” – 100/1
Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory“) – “The Benefactor Factor” – 100/1
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes“) – “Episode Seven” – 100/1

COMEDY ACTRESS
Laura Linney (“The Big C“) – “Pilot” – 5/6
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“) – “Flu Season” – 23/10
Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly“) – “First Date” – 14/1
Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope“) – “Say Cheese” – 20/1
Tina Fey (“30 Rock“) – “Double-Edged Sword” – 50/1
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“) – “Rat Falls” – 100/1

REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES

”The Amazing Race” – “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win” – 7/5

”Top Chef” – “Give Me Your Huddled Masses” – 14/5
Project Runway” – “There’s a Pattern Here” – 15/2
American Idol” – “Season Finale” – 8/1

”Dancing With the Stars” – Classical Week – 14/1

 
”So You Think You Can Dance” – Results Finales – 50/1

VARIETY WRITING
The Colbert Report
Conan
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live

VARIETY DIRECTING
Gregg Gelfand, “American Idol” – “1024/1025A”
James Hoskinson, “The Colbert Report” – “6112”
Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” – “16048”
Jerry Foley, “Late Show with David Letterman” – “3333”
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” – “Host: Justin Timberlake”

VARIETY SERIES
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” – 2/11
Saturday Night Live” – 20/1
Conan” – 25/1
The Colbert Report” – 33/1
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – 50/1
Real Time with Bill Maher” – 100/1

DRAMA WRITING
Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” – “The Suitcase”
Jason Katims, “Friday Night Lights” – “Always”
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men” – “Blowing Smoke”
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” – “Baelor”
Veena Sud, “The Killing” – “Pilot”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Margo Martindale (“Justified“) – “Brother’s Keeper” – 4/7
Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife“) – “Getting Off” – 8/1
Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire“) – “Family Limitation” – 9/1
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“) – “Silver Bullet” – 16/1
Michelle Forbes (“The Killing“) – “Pilot” – 20/1
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men“) – “The Summer Man” – 20/1

DRAMA DIRECTING
Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire” – “Pilot”
Tim Van Patten, “Game of Thrones” – “Winter is Coming”
Jeremy Podeswa, “Boardwalk Empire” – “Anastasia”
Patti Jenkins, “The Killing” – “Pilot”
Neil Jordan, “The Borgias” – “The Poisoned Chalice/The Assasin”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Slattery (“Mad Men“) – “Hands and Knees” – 9/5
Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife“) – “Silver Bullet” – 10/3
Walton Goggins (“Justified“) – “The I of the Storm” – 11/2
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) – “Baelor” – 13/2
Josh Charles (“The Good Wife“) – “Closing Arguments” – 8/1
Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age“) – “Let the Sunshine In” – 50/1

DRAMA ACTOR
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“) – “The Suitcase” – 4/11
Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire“) – “Return to Normalcy” – 9/2
Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights“) – “Always” – 50/1
Timothy Olyphant (“Justified“) – “Reckoning” – 50/1
Michael C. Hall (“Dexter“) – “Teenage Wasteland” – 100/1
Hugh Laurie (“House“) – “After Hours” – 100/1

DRAMA ACTRESS
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“) – “In Sickness” – 2/5
Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men“) – “The Suitcase” – 9/2
Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law“) – “Innocent Man” – 20/1
Mireille Enos (“The Killing“) – “Missing” – 33/1
Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights“) – “Always” – 50/1
Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU“) – “Rescue” – 100/1

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES WRITING
Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey
Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond, “Mildred Pierce
Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: A Study in Pink
Peter Gould, “Too Big to Fail
Heidi Thomas, “Upstairs, Downstairs

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce” – 27/20
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” – 8/5
Melissa Leo, “Mildred Pierce” – 11/2
Eileen Atkins, “Upstairs, Downstairs” – 50/1
Mare Winningham, “Mildred Pierce” – 100/1

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR
Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos” – 6/5
Idris Elba, “Luther” – 10/3
William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail” – 11/2
Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood” – 10/1
Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys” – 33/1
Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys” – 50/1

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES DIRECTING
Todd Haynes,”Mildred Pierce
Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, “Cinema Verite
Oliver Assayas, “Carlos
Curtis Hanson, “Too Big to Fail

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce” – 1/1
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail” – 4/1
Tom Wilkinson, “The Kennedys” – 5/1
James Woods, “Too Big to Fail” – 12/1
Brian F. O’Byrne, “Mildred Pierce” – 33/1

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce” – 1/25
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite” – 50/1
Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” – 100/1
Jean Marsh, “Upstairs, Downstairs” – 100/1
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey” – 100/1

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
Mildred Pierce” – 1/3
Downton Abbey” – 9/2
The Kennedys” – 33/1
Too Big to Fail” – 100/1
The Pillars of the Earth” – 100/1
Cinema Verite” – 100/1

DRAMA SERIES
Mad Men” – 2/5
Boardwalk Empire” – 4/1
The Good Wife” – 33/1
Game of Thrones” – 50/1
Friday Night Lights” – 100/1
Dexter” – 100/1

COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family” – 1/10
Parks and Recreation” – 16/1
The Big Bang Theory” – 50/1
Glee” – 50/1
The Office” – 100/1
30 Rock” – 100/1

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