Emmys 2017: Predictions center now open for your earliest winner and nominee picks ever

Just in time for the Oscar season to end this weekend, Gold Derby now launches the 2017 Emmy Awards predictions center. Jump in today and make your earliest nominee and winner picks ever in 16 categories (five for comedy, five for drama, and six for movie/limited series). The category placements are based on information we have received from networks and studios. They still have quite a few weeks to make changes or additions. When that happens, we will make those adjustments and announce those in our news section.

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The drama races will be highly competitive this year with two-time defending champ “Game of Thrones” gone from the battle. New episodes debut in the summer, a few weeks after the eligibility deadline of May 31. There will be no shortage of newcomers wanting its slots, as well as those from the departed “Downton Abbey.” Rookies with strong chances include “The Crown” (Claire Foy, John Lithgow), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Elisabeth Moss), “Stranger Things” (Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown), “This Is Us” (Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown), “Westworld” (Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton), and “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (Christina Ricci).

All seven of last year’s Best Comedy Series nominees are eligible to return, so that means any new shows wanting in will have to kick out some of the older ones. FX sensation “Atlanta” (Donald Glover) is one of the anticipated contenders after Golden Globe and guild victories already in the past few months. Other newcomers might include “Divorce” (Sarah Jessica Parker), “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), “The Good Place” (Kristen Bell, Ted Danson), “Insecure” (Issa Rae), “The Mick” (Kaitlin Olson), and “Search Party” (Alia Shawkat).

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Movies and limited series once again feature a large number of Oscar winners and nominees plus famous stars. Those possibly battling it out in 2017 include “American Crime” (Felicity Huffman, Regina King), “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates), “Big Little Lies” (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon), “Custody” (Viola Davis), “Fargo” (Ewan McGregor), “Feud: Bette and Joan” (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon), “Genius” (Geoffrey Rush), “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Oprah Winfrey), “The Night Of” (Riz Ahmed, John Turturro), “Sherlock” (Benedict Cumberbatch), “Taboo” (Tom Hardy), “When We Rise” (Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker), and “The Wizard of Lies” (Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer).

Predict the Emmy nominees now; change them until July 13

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on July 13. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums.

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