Are we underestimating Jeff Daniels (‘The Newsroom’) at the Emmys … again?

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The Newsroom” star Jeff Daniels ranks fifth in our Emmy predictions for Best Drama Actor. He gets 100/1 odds, just ahead of Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan“), who also has 100/1 odds, but far behind frontrunner Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“) at 1/4 odds. It would take a huge upset for Daniels to win … kind of like the one he pulled off when he won this category in 2013.

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We ranked him fifth in our predictions back then too. He defied the odds thanks to his performance in the series premiere episode, “We Just Decided To,” in which his character, mad-as-hell newsman Will McAvoy, delivered a lengthy tirade against American exceptionalism. This year, he comes full circle by submitting the series finale, “What Kind of Day Has it Been,” in which Will mourns the death of friend and mentor Charlie (Sam Waterston).

Will his “Newsroom” farewell be enough to trump Hamm’s “Mad Men” farewell?

Make your predictions and 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).

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. 

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?

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.

Photo: Jeff Daniels in “The Newsroom.” Credit: HBO/Everett/REX

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