Once and for all, is "Game of Thrones" the frontrunner to win Best Drama Series at the Emmys, or will "Mad Men" get a farewell hug from the TV academy? Gold Derby editors Tom O'Neil, Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery come out swinging with tough predictions in a lively pundit battle over this year's drama races. After watching our video slugfest below, be sure to make/update your own predictions before next week's telecast on Sunday, September 20. (Click here to watch them battle it out over this weekend's Creative Arts Awards.)
In addition to Best Drama Series, our editors also scrutinize the races for Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Actress. Will "Mad Man" leading man Jon Hamm finally win after eight straight bids for his iconic performance as troubled ad man Don Draper, or could be thwarted by strong episode submissions from Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul") or Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline"). Likewise, will Viola Davis become the first black actress ever to win Best Drama Actress, or do the 11 total nominations for "House of Cards" mean Robin Wright has more academy support.
After watching our slugfest below, hurry and make your Emmy picks now. You could win one of our three prizes ($500, $300 and $200 Amazon gift certificates) as well as 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 this year's Emmys line-up).
Last year our Experts had an accuracy rate of 58.62% when it came to predicting the Emmy winners. That score tied them with both Gold Derby's Editors and the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best at predicting last year's Emmys).
Our Users scored 51.72% (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.) Which group will be victorious this year? Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmys last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar.
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Photo: Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke in "Game of Thrones." Credit: HBO
Photo: Viola Davis in "How to Get Away with Murder." Credit: ABC