Top 24 User Trevor Cox predicts Emmys: ‘Modern Family’ for Best Comedy

Last year our user Trevor Cox did so well at predicting the Emmy nominations — 21st place out of more than 2,500 predictors — that he’s now featured in a league along with the other Top 24 Users to predict this year’s nominations.

The Top 24 Users did the best at predicting last year’s Emmy nominations (78.55%) when competing against Gold Derby’s Editors (77.68%), All Users (74.78%) and our Experts (74.64%). Which group will come out victorious this year? (See all prediction accuracy rates here.)

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Cox is 23 years old and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he’s an Associate Producer/Guest Relations for “Indy Style” on WISH-TV. We sat down with Cox to get a feel for what he’s currently predicting in the red-hot Emmy race for Best Comedy Series. See Cox’s predictions below, and resist the urge to copy or steal them as your own.

“While many people are over the accolades that ‘Modern Family‘ continues to receive (five consecutive Emmy wins for Best Comedy Series, tying it with ‘Frasier’ for most all-time), I do believe it will get a sixth consecutive win,” Cox predicts.

“The ensemble cast is unlike anything today on TV, with all six adults having previous nominations (and wins from Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen). Look for Bowen to win again in Supporting Actress for her groundbreaking ‘Connection Lost’ episode. If for some reason, it does not get a win, it is guaranteed a nomination.

“Amazon is trying to break ground alongside Netflix with online streaming services, and ‘Transparent‘ is a shoo-in for a nomination as well. Jeffrey Tambor is flawless as Maura and will likely win Best Actor, and deservedly so.  Today’s society is continually pushing the boundaries on sexual orientation, and ‘Transparent’ is the first show to really showcase the life of a family man who believes he is meant to be a woman but trapped in a man’s body.

“‘Veep‘ continues to impress, getting better with each season. Season 3 was some of the funniest television I have watched, and will definitely be in for another nomination. We shall see what happens now that Selina Meyer is the stand-in POTUS!

“‘Orange is the New Black‘ is the big question mark here because the new Emmy rules have suggested that anything over 30 minutes will be deemed a drama. Certain hour-long programs like ‘Glee’ and ‘Jane the Virgin’ are clearly comedies, but what about ‘OITNB’? A case could be made for both sides. With a nine-member panel having to deem it a comedy, it is unclear which category it will be eligible in. If it sticks in comedy, it will get a nomination as well, but I do not think it has enough comedic elements to win. The buzz surrounding the show is huge, and only increases around the Emmy voting season when they will likely release the third season (as they did last year with Season 2).

“‘The Big Bang Theory‘ is the highest-rated sitcom on television week after week, so expect Sheldon and the gang to grab its fifth consecutive nomination (as well as the only laugh-track nomination).

“I think there are five locks in Comedy Series, but there are multiple returning series that could grab either of the last two slots. ‘Louie‘ may return if its fifth season is as well-received as the fourth was for a third consecutive nom, ‘Girls‘ could make a comeback after being nominated for its first two seasons and left out for its third, last year’s breakout HBO hit ‘Silicon Valley‘ has a chance (but I think it will suffer the sophomore slump), and ‘Parks and Recreation‘ may receive only its second series nomination (Leslie Knope would not be happy with this!) for its final swan song.

“Of the new series, Netflix leads the charge with two potential candidates: ‘Grace and Frankie,’ starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Short (WOW! WHAT A CAST!) and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘ (Tina Fey-produced starring ‘The Office’s’ Ellie Kemper). ‘Grace and Frankie’ has what it takes to get a nomination, should it not be a disappointment. ‘Kimmy Schmidt’s’ only chances may be with its lead actress.

“‘Louie’ isn’t the only FX series in the running this year, as ‘The Comedians‘ debuts in April, starring Billy Crystal. Not much is known about the series, but still an outside chance prior to its debut.

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“Golden Globe nominee ‘Jane the Virgin‘ is the last series that I think has a very, very distant, outside chance at a nomination, solely based on the buzz surrounding Gina Rodriguez following her Golden Globe victory). Most likely not gonna happen!”

To see what else Cox is predicting for the 2015 Emmy nominations, be sure to click here. And view his nomination predictions from last year right here.

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