TCA Awards cheat sheet: You should predict ‘Empire,’ ‘Transparent’ …

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Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict this weekend's TCA Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race).

These official odds are based on a combination of three sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Editors, the Top 24 Users (at last year's awards) and All Users. Last year, all three groups tied by correctly predicting 60% of the winners.

Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering the week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (one of 500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a long shot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points. As we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user tops our leaderboard with the same number of correct predictions, don't take them for granted.

Last year, our top User was Cantcomeupwithanything, who predicted 90% of the winners, missing only one category (Best Drama Series, which went to "The Good Wife"). Do you have that kind of special insight into this year's contest? If so, there's still time to make your predictions before Saturday's awards. Click here to visit our predictions center, where you can enter your picks, or use the easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started.

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And meet our previous contest champs. You could join them on our leaderboard.

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PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
"Empire" – 9/4
"Mad Men" – 15/2
"Transparent" – 9/1
"Game of Thrones" – 20/1
"The Americans" – 50/1

BEST NEW PROGRAM
"Empire" – 12/5
"Transparent" – 10/3
"Better Call Saul" – 25/1
"Jane the Virgin" – 50/1
"The Flash" – 100/1

BEST COMEDY
"Transparent" – 8/5
"Inside Amy Schumer" – 11/2
"Jane the Virgin" – 33/1
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" – 50/1
"The Big Bang Theory" – 100/1

BEST DRAMA
"The Americans" – 12/5
"Mad Men" – 11/2
"Game of Thrones" – 8/1
"Empire" – 33/1
"Justified" – 100/1

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent" – 17/10
Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer" – 9/2
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" – 50/1
Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin" – 50/1
Constance Wu, "Fresh Off the Boat" – 100/1

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Taraji P. Henson, "Empire" – 21/10
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" – 6/1
Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder" – 9/1
Matthew Rhys, "The Americans" – 33/1
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul" – 100/1

BEST NEWS AND INFORMATION
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" – 11/8
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" – 13/2
"CBS Sunday Morning" – 50/1
"60 Minutes" – 50/1
"Frontline" – 100/1

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
"Shark Tank" – 15/8
"The Chair" – 8/1
"RuPaul's Drag Race" – 8/1
"The Amazing Race" – 50/1
"Dancing with the Stars" – 50/1

BEST YOUTH PROGRAM
"The Fosters" – 23/10
"The Legend of Korra" – 6/1
"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" – 12/1
"Switched at Birth" – 16/1
"Sesame Street" – 50/1

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES/SPECIAL
"Olive Kitteridge" – 5/4
"The Jinx" – 9/1
"Bessie" – 33/1
"The Honorable Woman" – 50/1
"Wolf Hall" – 100/1

Photo: Taraji P. Henson in 'Empire.' ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection/REX

Photo: Jeffrey Tambor in 'Transparent.' ©Amazon/Courtesy Everett/REX

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