When 2016 Emmy Awards nominations are announced this Thursday, July 14, will “Game of Thrones” reign again after its record-setting season last year? Or will newbie “Mr. Robot” be poised to dethrone the reigning champ? Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and I got together via webcam to debate the hotly contested drama races (watch above).
All of us believe that six of the seven nominees for Best Drama Series will be “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Robot,” “House of Cards,” “Better Call Saul,” “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland.” However, for that seventh slot we are split: O’Neil and Sheehan opt for “The Americans,” while Beachum, Montgomery and I forecast “Orange is the New Black.” See more of our editors’ Emmy predictions right here.
Over in the Best Drama Actor race, O’Neil and Montgomery agree with me that Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) will finally earn an Emmy this year. However, Beachum warns of an upset by Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) while Sheehan thinks Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) could be the dark horse to win on his first bid.
For Best Drama Actress, last year’s winner Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) has the edge to repeat according to Beachum, Montgomery and me. Meanwhile, O’Neil banks on Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) hearing her name called and Sheehan thinks Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) will earn a goodbye hug from the Emmys.
Two-time Best Drama Supporting Actor champ Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) is back and has a real shot of tying Aaron Paul‘s (“Breaking Bad”) record of three wins in this category. In fact, Sheehan, Beachum, Montgomery and I all think it’ll happen. But O’Neil instead goes out on a limb for Dinklage’s co-star Kit Harington.
And in the head-scratching Best Drama Supporting Actress race, we’re all over the place in predicting who’ll win. Montgomery and I think Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) will earn her third Emmy for this role, O’Neil forecasts Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Sheehan backs Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), and Beachum opts for Margo Martindale (“The Good Wife”).
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