Top 24 User Jed Reifer predicts Emmys: Can ‘Transparent’ beat ‘Modern Family’?

Last year, our user Jed Reifer did so well at predicting the Emmy nominations — 11th 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 Emmy noms.

Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. Your picks influence our User racetrack odds, which also factor into our official combined odds. 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 the Experts (74.64%). Which group will come out victorious this year?

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Reifer is 30 years old and hails from Pittsburgh, PA, where he’s a student in Court Reporting School and also works part-time at a car dealership doing internet sales. We sat down with Reifer to get a feel for what he’s currently predicting in the red-hot Emmy races for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series. See Reifer’s predictions below, and resist the urge to copy or steal them as your own.

“Right now I have ‘Modern Family‘ for Best Comedy, but by a very slim margin. I have ‘Transparent‘ in second because that’s got all the buzz and has a lot of momentum,” Reifer predicts.

Rounding out his comedy picks are “Veep” in third place, “Louie” in fourth, “The Big Bang Theory” in fifth, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” in sixth and “Silicon Valley” in seventh.

As for his Best Drama picks, Reifer says, “I have ‘House of Cards‘ to win because it’s overdue. This show has such a cool factor to it and could’ve won the last two years had it not been for the ‘Breaking Bad’ bonanza. I almost thought ‘Game of Thrones,’ but it’s too science-fiction for Emmy voters. I think ‘Mad Men‘ [could upset] because it’s the final season so they may want to give it love after shutting them out the last few years. But ‘Orange is the New Black‘ and ‘Empire‘ I think could be be potential spoilers.”

Rounding out his drama picks are stalwart “Downton Abbey” and Golden Globe champ “The Affair.”

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To see what else Reifer 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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