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”

6 thoughts on “Emmy nomination predictions: Drama

  1. I’d be quite happy if this were the actual list — most of all just to see Jonathan Banks get a much, much deserved nomination for “Breaking Bad.”

  2. Tatiana Maslany please please please please please. If next season is still good and when she wins the TCA this year I think the buzz will be so deafening they won’t be able to ignore her

  3. Rectfiy and Hannibal deserve to get nominated for best drama series instead of House of Cards and Downton Abbey, but probably won’t.

  4. Any list in Drama category who don’t have THE WALKING DEAD can’t be taking seriously. By far is the best Drama in tv right now. Not even get nominated is a joke.

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