Emmys cliffhanger: Will ‘Game of Thrones’ lead nominations again?

Our contributing editor Riley Chow is forecasting a leading 18 Emmy nominations for “Game of Thrones this year. Do you think HBO’s fantasy epic will do that well? Our forum posters are fiercely debating this hot topic. Have your say HERE.

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At the Oscars, the film with the most nominations often wins Best Picture but that is not always the case in the equivalent races at the Emmys. Indeed, “Game of Thrones” led with 19 bids last year and 16 the year before but lost Best Drama Series to “Breaking Bad” both times. With that show now finished, this might be the best chance yet for “Game of Thrones” to finally prevail? Make your Emmy predictions below. 

Of last year’s ‘GOT’ acting nominees, all three — 2011 supporting actor champ Peter Dinklage, supporting actress Lena Headey, and guest actress Diana Rigg — are favored to return according to our exclusive statistics (derived from the predictions of a dozen Emmy experts, our seven editors, top 24 users from last year and all users). In addition, Kit Harington and 2013 nominee Emilia Clarke are both in strong contention.

While Chow does not expect those two to reap bids, he does expect the other three to return to their respective races. In addition, he is predicting “Game of Thrones” to contend for: Drama Series, Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Costumes, Hairstyling, Interactive Media, Makeup, Picture Editing, Production Design, Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Stunt Coordination, and Visual Effects.

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Below, a sampling of our forum posters predictions. Take a look and then be sure to make your own for Best Drama Series at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu and then weigh in with  your prediction count HERE

NateDogg – Game Of Thrones will definitely get double digit nominations on technical achievement alone, with a few acting nods ensuring its place at the top.

eeric – For Drama, Game of Thrones will probably get a lot of Creative Arts nominations and I also think Mad Men could get a significant amount of nominations as a goodbye hug.

Alienware – Game of Thrones will probably get more than 15 nominations and I don’t see any other Drama approaching that number.

AviChristiaans – Game of Thrones (17 nominations) for Series, Writing, Directing, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Guest Actress, Cinematography, Costumes, Hairstyling, Makeup, Picture Editing, Production Design, Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Stunt Coordination, and Visual Effects.

surpriselover – This year’s hot new show Empire will probably follow in the footsteps of others (Lost, Greys Anatomy, OINTB, and Glee). Empire will probably score around 10-15 nominations once you get into all of the craft categories.

boidiva02 – Among drama series, I’m guessing Mad Men or Downton Abbey.

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