Emmy 2015 Nominations Predictions: Amy Schumer, Jon Hamm and 'Empire' Top Our List!

by Leanne Aguilera 6:00 PM PDT, July 15, 2015
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One of the biggest days for the small screen is almost here!

On Thursday morning, the 67th Annual Emmy Awards nominations will be announced, and this year the competition for television's top honor is at an all-time high.

Fan-favorite series like Empire and Orange Is the New Black could enter the Outstanding Drama race for the very first time, while funny lady Amy Schumer could laugh her way into the line-up. As for 10-time nominee Jon Hamm, could this be the year that he finally takes home a trophy?

ET is breaking down all our predictions with the four most buzzworthy Emmy categories…

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Outstanding Actress in a Drama: This year all eyes are on the leading ladies of the two biggest TV shows of the year: How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis and Empire's Taraji P. Henson.

"They're both new contenders and they're both past Oscar nominees," founder Tom O'Neil spills to ET. "Cookie is the most delicious character on TV right now. She's ferocious and devious she will be denied nothing: Her man, money, power. Now, the Emmys are next."

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy: We're crossing our fingers and toes that TV's newest "It Girls" – Gina Rodriguez and Amy Schumer – will walk away with an Emmy nod Thursday morning.

ET's Kevin Fraizer caught up with Schumer at the Trainwreck world premiere to find out her thoughts on Thursday's upcoming Emmy nominations announcement. "If I get nominated I'll be thrilled, and if I don't, I'll be pissed," she joked to the camera.

In addition to these fresh faces, we're also expecting to see Veep's Julia Louis Dreyfus on the short list. "Julia Louis Dreyfus looks unbeatable in that Comedy Actress category," O'Neil said. "She's won three years in a row. She faces some tough competition from the veterans now, like Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda [from Netflix's Grace and Frankie]."

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Outstanding Actor in a Drama: After being nominated every year for the past seven years, Jon Hamm has always been a bridesmaid, never a bride. But this could be the year that the Mad Men star finally catches the bouquet!

"Jon Hamm is actually a frontrunner to win Best Drama Actor, finally for Mad Men, and in the Guest category for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where he portrays this kooky, Evangelical minister," O'Neil revealed. "He could also win a producer for Mad Men if that wins Best Drama Series. Jon Hamm has lost 10 times total. He could win three Emmys this year."

Outstanding Drama: The ladies of Litchfield are headed to the Outstanding Drama category! For the first time ever, the fan-favorite Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has submitted their series into the drama category and we would be floored if it didn't make the cut.

Our other drama predictions? It's pretty much a given that TV titans like Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abby will make the Emmy ballots tomorrow. Additionally, we think that CBS' smash drama The Good Wife and AMC newbie Better Call Saul will also be gifted with a nom.

As for Empire -- aka the most buzz-worthy show of the season -- we think it could make the nominations cut, but their soap-heavy storylines could cost them the win. "Empire has a great shot at lots of nominations, and not much chance at winning because it's just too trashy," O'Neil explains. "What makes the show so good to watch, curses it at these snobbish entertainment awards."

Come back to ETonline on Thursday morning to see the full list of nominations for the 67th Annual Emmy Awards!

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