Emmy experts predict drama races: ‘Breaking Bad,’ Matthew McConaughey, …

Our first nine Emmy Experts have weighed in with their predictions for this year’s awards. Our Emmyologists are split as to which show will claim Best Comedy Series but are in almost complete agreement as to what will win Best Drama Series. And while there are strong frontrunners in the lead drama acting races, the supporting categories are turning into real contests. 

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Eight of our nine Emmyologists — Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Scott Feinberg (THR) Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Matt Roush (TV Guide) Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), freelancer Ken Tucker — are predicting that AMC’s “Breaking Bad” will pick up a bookend trophy for its final season.

One pundit — Mike Cidoni (AP) — expects an upset in this race by HBO’s rookie anthology “True Detective.” 

Seven of our nine Experts are predicting that recent Golden Globe champ Robin Wright (“House of Cards“) will win Drama Actress. Cidoni favors 2011 winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“) while Tucker touts Kerry Washington (“Scandal“). 

In Drama Actor, all but one our Experts expects Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective“) to win for his sole season on this new HBO series; O’Neil is forecasting “Breaking Bad” bad boy Bryan Cranston to take this trophy for the fourth and final time.

It looks like last year’s Drama Supporting Actress winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) could have some competition. While six Experts are predicting her to repeat, three of them (Cidoni, Jacobs, Roush) are predicing an upset by perennial also-ran Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”). 

And Drama Supporting Actor is turning into a four-way race: two-time champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) gets four votes (Feinberg, O’Neil, Pond, Tucker); 2011 winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) has two (Eng, Jacobs) as does Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”) with the support of Cidoni and Sheehan; and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan“) has the backing of Roush. 

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See how our Experts rank predictions in each category and see charts detailing their racetrack odds (click “More” within each category box to see extended data). Review contenders here and enter you predictions here or start above with Best Drama Series by using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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