Emmy Awards cliffhanger: Are we underestimating ‘Downton Abbey’ again?

Last year, we failed to predict just how well “Downton Abbey” would do when it came to racking up Emmy nominations in major categories. We had this Brit hit pegged at just eighth place in the Drama Series race but it reaped a fourth consecutive bid in that top category. And we underestimated the appeal to TV academy voters of two of the featured players in the ensemble cast — Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt. It was the fourth straight nod for Carter and the third in four years for Froggatt.

Are we heading down the wrong path again this year?

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It looks like we have learned our lesson to some degree. We have the period piece in fifth place in our odds for Best Drama Series and we are predicting a fifth consecutive nomination for Carter. And while we have Froggatt just missing out on another nomination, we are predicting that Maggie Smith, who won Best Drama Supporting Actor in 2012 and contended in both 2013 and 2014, will return to that race after being overlooked last year.

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However, we don’t hold out much hope for three-time contender Michelle Dockery making her way back into Best Drama Actress after being dropped last year. Indeed, we are predicting that all of last year’s nominees will return, save Elisabeth Moss as “Mad Men” has ended. That last slot is likely to go to Julianna Margulies, who has won this award twice for “The Good Wife” (2011, 2014) but was inexplicably shut out last year.

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