Emmy Awards predictions: Will ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ defend their crowns in 2016?

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HBO dominated the 2015 Emmy Awards with major series wins for "Game of Thrones" and "Veep." Will the premium network be able to defend those crowns at the 2016 ceremony this September? Even though nominations will not be announced until mid-July, Gold Derby now launches its newest Emmy predictions center for 16 drama, comedy, movie, and limited series categories.

Related: Complete scorecard of guild wins during the 2016 awards season

As you scroll through this year's many contenders, a few key points of interest…

Six of the seven nominees as Best Drama Series are eligible to return: champ "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "House of Cards," and "Orange is the New Black." Four-time winner "Mad Men" and its acting nominees Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, and Best Drama Actor Jon Hamm will not be back. Also gone are nominees Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom") and Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodline").

A few new contenders for those slots include "Billions" (Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis), "The Family" (Joan Allen), "Indian Summers" (Julie Walters), "The Man in the High Castle" (Alexa Davalos), "Mr. Robot" (Rami Malek, Christian Slater), "Narcos" (Wagner Moura), "The Path" (Aaron Paul), "UnReal" (Shiri Appleby), and "Vinyl" (Bobby Cannavale).

On the comedy front, nominees gone are "Louie" and star Louis C.K. plus "Parks and Recreation" and lead Amy Poehler. Others departing include Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), and Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback").

Some of the newcomers among laffers are "Angie Tribeca" (Rashida Jones), "Baskets" (Zach Galifianakis), "Blunt Talk" (Patrick Stewart), "Casual" (Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Rachel Bloom), "Flaked" (Will Arnett), "The Grinder" (Rob Lowe, Fred Savage), "Horace and Pete" (Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi), "Master of None" (Aziz Ansari), and "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (Denis Leary).

The movie and limited series categories are particularly stacked this year. Just a few of the contenders are "11.22.63" (James Franco), "All the Way" (Bryan Cranston), "American Crime" (Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton), "American Horror Story: Hotel" (Kathy Bates, Lady Gaga), "Confirmation" (Kerry Washington), "Fargo" (Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson), "Flesh and Bone" (Sarah Hay), "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" (Audra McDonald), "Luther" (Idris Elba), "The Night Manager" (Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie), "The People v. O.J. Simpson" (Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance), "Roots" (Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose), "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman), "Show Me a Hero" (Oscar Isaac), and "Special Correspondents" (Ricky Gervais).

Related: Watch Pete Hammond and Tom O'Neil in a new Oscar predictions battle

Which seven programs will be nominated at the Emmys as Best Drama Series? Make your early Emmy predictions using the menu to the right or below. 

You'll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — 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 Emmy nominations). Be sure to read our contest rules.

Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmy nominations last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar.

Photo Credits: Peter Dinklage by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX Shutterstock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus by Broadimage/REX Shutterstock.

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