Emmy nomination predictions: Drama

Gold Derby surveyed our editors, more than a dozen experts, and over a thousand users to predict the Emmy Awards nominations, which will be announced on Thursday morning.

Below, our predictions for the nominees in the top seven races. Our forecasted champs are in gold while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics.

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Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race. (See Comedy predictions here and Movie/Mini & Reality & Variety predictions here)

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Spoiler: “The Americans”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Spoiler: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Spoiler: Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Sam Waterston, “The Newsroom”

Spoiler: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”

Spoiler: Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Matthew Perry, “The Good Wife”
Ray Romano, “Parenthood”
Jimmy Smits, “Sons of Anarchy”

Spoiler: Jim Beaver, “Justified”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Shirley MacLaine, “Downton Abbey”
Stockard Channing, “The Good Wife”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Spoiler: Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

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