Who will win Guest Acting races at Creative Arts Emmy Awards?

While 75 of the 80 trophies handed out at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys will go to those toiling behind the scenes, five of them will be given to famous folk who appear in front of the camera. Four will be for guest acting on comedy and drama series while the fifth is for the host of a reality series. 

The four guest acting categories are packed full of past Oscar, Emmy and Tony winners. Below, we break down each race and tell you who is going to take to the podium at the Nokia Theater. Be sure to click on the title of each category to watch our editors slug it out over who will win.

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Steve Buscemi (“Portlandia”)
Louis C.K. (“Saturday Night Live“)
Gary Cole (“Veep”)
Jimmy Fallon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Nathan Lane (“Modern Family”)
Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory“)

Analysis: This looks to be a battle between the two men in this race who have taken it before: last year’s champ Newhart and 2012 winner Fallon. Both are contending for guest spots on the same shows that saw them win the first time around. 

PredictionOur odds favor Fallon (10/11) but Newhart could still nab a bookend (3/1).

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Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”)
Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”)
Joan Cusack (“Shameless“)
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live”)

Analysis: This has become a battle between two of the women — Aduba and Cox — who have recurring roles on TV’s hottest new show “Orange is the New Black.” None of the other four women come close, including Lyonne who also guested on “OITNB.” 

Prediction: Our odds give the edge to Aduba ( ) but don’t count out Cox (7/2) who has already broken ground as the first transgender Emmy nominee. 

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Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife“)
Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex”)
Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards“)
Paul Giamatti (“Downton Abbey“)
Robert Morse (“Mad Men”)
Joe Morton (“Scandal”)

Analysis: Two-time Emmy champ Bridges has a change of pace part in “Masters of Sex” as an academic repressing his homosexuality. This contained performance stands in marked contrast to the work of Morton and Morse, who eat up the scenery in their episodes. Among the other three nominees, Cathey could surprise as his character is showcased in his submission while Baker rises to the occasion as a psychopath. 

Prediction: Our odds have Bridges in front (10/9) but don’t underestimate Morton (10/3) and Morse (4/1). 

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Kate Burton (“Scandal”)
Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom“)
Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex”)
Kate Mara (“House of Cards”)
Margo Martindale (“The Americans“)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)

Analysis: Janney, who had a recurring role on the freshman season of this Showtime hit, won four Emmys for “The West Wing” (two in supporting, two in lead) and is the clear frontrunner in this race. Two-time Oscar champ Fonda contends for the second year running for her scene-stealing turn on this recently axed HBO show. While she commands attention at the end of the episode, she is little seen till then. Conversely, Burton is riveting at the opening of her entry from this long-running ABC series but then fades into the background.

Prediction: Our odds strongly favor Janney (1/5) over Burton (16/1) and Fonda (20/1). 

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You still have time to make your final predictions in all four of these Creative Arts categories. Use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to get started with Comedy Actor. 

Below, watch Gold Derby’s Editors duke it out over many of this year’s Creative Arts Emmy races in our extended pre-show slugfest.

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