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Emmy Awards Nominations 2014

History could be made twice at the Emmy Awards this August.

If "Modern Family" wins Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, it ties the record set by "Frasier" from 1994 to 1998; "Ally McBeal" ended its winning streak in 1999.

And if "Breaking Bad" wins, it will the fourth Drama Series champ to prevail for its final season, following "The Defenders" (1965), "Upstairs Downstairs" (1977) and "The Sopranos" (2007). Four laffers have pulled off this feat: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1966), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1977),  "Barney Miller" (1982) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (2003). 

Will either, neither or both of these records be set? You can now predict the winners of these races, as well as the four series regular acting awards in both genres. More categories will be added to the prediction center in the weeks to come and you can change your predictions as often as you like until nominations are revealed on July 10. (Read how to do this here.)

In the top comedy race, three-time champ "30 Rock" is no longer eligible but the rest of last year's slate  -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Girls," "Louie," "Modern Family" and "Veep"  -- could contend again.  "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which won the top category at this year's Golden Globes.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already won two Emmys as Best Comedy Actress for "Veep." Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), and recent Globe champ Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") are all eligible as well and there are two guaranteed open slots with the absence of Laura Dern ("Enlightened") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock").  

Last year's Emmy champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") looks to add a fourth trophy in 2014 as Best Comedy Actor. If he does, he will tie the record currently held in this category by Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties," "Spin City"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), and Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family"). Two-time winner Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") will not be returning to the field but the other nominees -- Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), and Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes") -- could be back. Among the possible newcomers, look first at Globe winner Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine").

Other new laffers with awards potential are "About a Boy" (David Walton, Minnie Driver), "The Crazy Ones" (Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar), "The Michael J. Fox Show," "The Millers" (Will Arnett, Margo Martindale), and "Mom" (Anna Faris, Allison Janney).

In addition to "Breaking Bad," all five of the last year's drama series -- "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "House of Cards," and "Mad Men" -- could contend again. 

Claire Danes ("Homeland") has won Drama Actress two years running and could defend. Last year's six other nominees -- Connie Britton ("Nashville"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), and Robin Wright ("House of Cards") -- are all in the running again this year. 

Last year Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom") took down quite a strong group of men in the Best Drama Actor category. All five of these other nominees are eligible again: three-time champ Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), Damian Lewis ("Homeland"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards").

Among newcomers, the most likely contenders are "The Blacklist" (James Spader), "Masters of Sex" (Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan), "Orange is the New Black" (Taylor Schilling), and "Ray Donovan" (Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight).

Also, keep in mind these returning series: "The Americans" (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys), "Boardwalk Empire" (Steve Buscemi), "The Good Wife" (Julianna Margulies), and "Orphan Black" (Tatiana Maslany).

Comedy Series: Handicapping
= Odds to be Win
Modern Family

An ABC series about the funny lives of three interconnected families. Stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell. The show has been nominated in this Emmy category four times with four wins.

21/10

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Veep

An HBO series about the first female Vice President of the United States. Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale. The show has been nominated in this Emmy category two times with no wins.

9/2

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