Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) predicts Emmys for ‘Game of Thrones,’ Kerry Washington

Of the 13 Emmy experts polled by Gold Derby, Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) stands alone in predicting “Game of Thrones” to win the top race for TV’s Best Drama Series.

And she’s also one of just three experts — along with Ken Tucker and Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil — taking a gamble on Kerry Washington (“Scandal“) to prevail in the tough Drama Actress category.

See Lynette Rice’s full predictions here. Compare her predix to our other Emmy experts here — see the charts.

If Rice is correct about Washington winning, she’ll be the first African-American woman ever to take home a trophy in this category. But, for history to be made, Washington will have to beat last year’s champ Claire Danes (“Homeland“), whom the other 10 gurus are all banking on to repeat.

Rice’s “Game of Thrones” prediction comes on the heels of its win at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards where the HBO epic tied “Breaking Bad” for Best Drama. The series has increased momentum this month thanks to the deafening buzz from its infamous “Red Wedding” episode that aired just as Emmy ballots were being distributed.

Rice is the only expert to predict that “Game of Thrones” player Peter Dinklage will return to the winner’s podium to reclaim the Drama Supporting Actor award, a race he won in 2011. The rest of the bunch are predicting a win for either two-time champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) or Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”).

According to Rice’s predictions, we’ll also see Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) four-peat as Drama Lead Actor, while Monica Potter (“Parenthood“) will finally get her due as Drama Supporting Actress. Cranston is a favorite amongst the experts with nine supporters, however Potter is a bit of a longshot with no other experts choosing her for the win.

On the comedy side, Rice is going with a hoard of repeat winners in all of the major races: “Modern Family” as Best Comedy Series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) as Comedy Actress, Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory) as Comedy Actor, Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Comedy Supporting Actress and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) as Comedy Supporting Actor.

HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” will sweep three awards if Rice’s predictions are correct: Best Movie/Miniseries, Michael Douglas as Movie/Mini Actor and Rob Lowe as Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. Douglas is a shoo-in for his first Emmy win according to the experts, while Lowe has an uphill climb with Rice acting as his only show of support.

Rice thinks the other two longform trophies will go to a pair of “American Horror Story: Asylum” ladies: Jessica Lange for Movie/Mini Actress and Sarah Paulson for Movie/Mini Supporting Actress.

Find out if Rice’s predictions come true when the Emmys air on CBS September 22. Nominations will be announced July 18.

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