If there’s one thing Gold Derby and the TV Academy can agree on, it will probably be “Breaking Bad.” The AMC series, which will air its final episode on September 29, won the Gold Derby TV Award for Best Drama and leads our users’ Emmy Dream Ballots. It’s also the frontrunner to win the top Emmy according to the predictions of our experts, editors, and users.
Also coming out on top in both our Dream Ballots and Gold Derby Awards were actors Claire Danes (“Homeland“), and Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), all of whom lead our Emmy predictions as well.
Our Dream Ballots also agree with our Emmy predictions in all movie/miniseries acting races: Actor (Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra“), Actress (Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum“), Supporting Actor (James Cromwell, “Asylum”), and Supporting Actress (Sarah Paulson, “Asylum”). However, we predict “Candelabra” will won the Movie/Miniseries Emmy, and though the Gold Derby Awards also honored the HBO biopic, “Asylum” leads our Dream Ballots.
The Gold Derby TV Awards also split on two of the movie/mini acting races, awarding Movie/Mini Actress to Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake“) and Movie/Mini Supporting Actor to Cromwell’s “Asylum” co-star Zachary Quinto; based on our predictions, those actors may be possible spoilers at the Emmys.
But the Gold Derby community shouldn’t expect to get everything on our collective wish lists. We preferred Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“) for Best Comedy Actress in our Dream Ballots and the Gold Derby Awards, but it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) who is expected to win the Emmy.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is widely expected to win its 11th consecutive Emmy for Best Variety Series. The Gold Derby TV Awards agree with that selection, but in our Dream Ballots users are hoping for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) is ahead to win Drama Supporting Actor at the Emmys, but users are hoping for Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) to win his third award in the category in our Dream Ballot. Corey Stoll (“House of Cards“) won at the Gold Derby Awards, but he wasn’t even nominated at the Emmys.
Stoll is not the only contender who was selected by Gold Derby but snubbed by the TV Academy. Our Dream Ballots and Gold Derby Awards lent their support to “Parks and Recreation” for Best Comedy, but the NBC series hasn’t competed for the top Emmy since 2011. Similarly, Dream Ballot favorite and Gold Derby Award winner Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development“) was left out of the Emmy lineup.
Neither of Gold Derby’s Comedy Supporting Actor choices are in contention at the Emmys either: Gold Derby Award winner Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Dream Ballot leader Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) were both overlooked by the TV Academy.
Can we expect many of Gold Derby’s choices to repeat at Sunday night’s Emmy telecast? If not, whose list of winners will you prefer: theirs or ours?