Top 24 User Trevor Cox: I’m panicking over Emmy races for Drama/Comedy Lead Actress

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.

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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 which Emmy categories he’s currently panicking over the most and he told us, without a doubt, it’s the races for Best Drama Actress and Best Comedy Actress.

“I’m really only freaking out about two categories, but they are always on my mind,” Cox tells us. “For Best Drama Actress, there are so many actresses who have wonderful submissions. Vera Farmiga (‘Bates Motel’) is, in my opinion, head and shoulders above everyone with her stellar performance as Norma Bates this year. She just took it to a whole new level and I’m really thinking/hoping the voters will reward her with a nomination.”

After Farmiga, Cox predicts nominations for Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”).

Potential runner-ups on his list include Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”), Kerry Washington (“Scandal”), Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”).

“With so many winning-tape performances (Schilling in ‘Thirsty Bird,’ Washington in ‘Run,’ Caplan in ‘Fight,’ etc.), there’s no way there won’t be seven nominees!” he declares.

For Best Comedy Actress, Cox gushes, “Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) continues to impress as Selina Meyer and deserves every accolade she has received. Again, what is it with the women bringing their A games this year? So many viable contenders!”

After Louis-Dreyfus, Cox predicts nominations for Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”).

“I think ‘Spy’ will really help McCarthy’s case, just like how ‘Bridesmaids’ catapulted her to the win. And Schumer has taken off like a rocket this season! Same as McCarthy, ‘Trainwreck’ should help her case if it’s big.”

Potential runner-ups in his rankings include Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”) and Lena Dunham (“Girls”).

Cox concludes, “Again, I think there are too many great contenders to not have seven deserving ladies!”

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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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