Gold Derby contest winner Zackiel Marsh (screen name movieguy) did so well at forecasting the 2015 Emmy Awards nominations — first place out of nearly 2,500 entrants — that we just had to see what she thinks will win this year’s hot races for Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series. “The way I see it, there is no way ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Veep’ loses their title this year,” she declares of the pair of HBO frontrunners.
Marsh hails from Buckeye, Arizona where she works as a secretary. As for how she predicted last year’s Emmy nominations with a staggering 76% accuracy, she reveals, “I did really well because me and my oldest son, who I named the account after, did the predictions together. We knew 2015 would be a big year of change at the Emmys because of the influx of new, younger voters and figured that would manifest itself in the downfall of a couple perennial nominees.”
However, that won’t be the case this year. Marsh surmises, “‘Game of Thrones’ won last year decisively, garnering wins and nominations all over the place. This year the show is still going extremely strong with some of the best episodes in the show’s history under its belt, its popularity higher than ever, and its biggest competition, ‘Mad Men,’ gone. No way they lose Best Drama Series.”
“As for comedy, ‘Veep’ is still by far the frontrunner,” she continues. “‘Veep’ won last year with its great fourth season and this fifth season has given the show more hype than ever. With the tied election storyline as well as the now-iconic ‘Mother’ episode, this can be claimed to be the best season of the show yet, and definitely the most accessible. Not to mention, it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ best season for Selina Meyer, practically guaranteeing her a fifth Emmy for the role and breaking the record of most wins in a row for a single character.”
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmy nominations). Be sure to read our contest rules.