Critics’ Choice TV Awards predictions: Aziz Ansari (‘Master of None’) versus Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)

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Jeffrey Tambor won Best Comedy Actor at the Critics' Choice Awards in May for the first season of Amazon's "Transparent," and he's the frontrunner to win again for the second season, which premiered this month. But not all of our predictors agree. According to our racetrack odds, he could be overtaken by another actor in a streaming series: Aziz Ansari in Netflix's "Master of None."

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Our Top 24 Users – those two dozen folks who got the highest scores predicting the last Critics' Choice TV Award winners – overwhelmingly favor Tambor. 19 of them are betting on him to repeat, giving him 4/11 odds: SimonJupiter, KyleBailey, Coffeysr, FNLFan89, Mayday Saracen, DAN_QUIXOTE, JacobJohns, bondzzz, Grant, Tyler The Awesome Guy, NateDoggg, Laurw, Random, victor, rstang00 (aka Gold Derby contributor Ralph Galvan), GusCruz, HarleyQuinn17, Joseph and Joel_Zummak.

Of those 19, SimonJupiter and DAN_QUIXOTE tied for the top predictions accuracy in May (66%), so it may be wise to heed their forecasts.

But five of our Top 24 favor first-time nominee Ansari, giving him 7/2 odds: aosorio19, thedemonhog (aka Gold Derby contributor Riley Chow), RicosMama, sturnc and Tyler G. Tyler G also had 66% accuracy predicting the winners in May, so pay close attention to his picks too.

None of our Top 24 are predicting the remaining four nominees: Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"), who gets 50/1 odds; Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"), who follows with 66/1 odds; Fred Savage ("The Grinder"), who trails with 80/1 odds and Randall Park ("Fresh Off the Boat"), who also has 80/1 odds.

Gold Derby's Editors – those of us who analyze awards for the site year-round – agree that it's a two-way race. Four out of six  of us – Marcus Dixon, Rob Licuria, Matt Noble and Paul Sheehan – say Tambor is out front, giving him 8/13 odds. But Chris Beachum and I are predicting Ansari to prevail, giving him 21/10 odds.

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Make your Critics' Choice winner predictions starting with Best Comedy Actor to the right or at the bottom of this post and earn a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting the Critics' Choice champs). You can predict all TV categories (comedy, drama, movie/mini, supporting, guest) for this event.

As some of our Users turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, it's important that you give us your predictions. Your picks influence our Users racetrack odds, which also factor into our official combined odds.

"Master of None" photo credit: Netflix

"Transparent" photo credit: Amazon/Everett/REX

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