Who will win at this year's Emmy Awards?

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Photo - Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP photo)
Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP photo)
Entertainment,TV,Katy DeLuca

The Emmy Awards are the biggest night in television each year. This year's ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be no exception. "Mad Men" and "American Horror Story" were this year's big nominees, each with 17 nominations.

Which actors and actresses will take home the coveted awards? Make your own picks with the ballot below and follow along through Sunday's telecast. We've included our predictions to help out along the way.

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On TV
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
» When: 8 p.m. Sunday
» Channel: ABC
» Info: emmys.com

COMEDY SERIES

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Girls"

"Modern Family"

"30 Rock"

"Veep"

Prediction: While "Girls" is definitely a trendy pick to win this year, chances are "Modern Family" will make it three in a row.

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"

Prediction: Jim Parsons has won this award the past two years, and chances are he'll take his third award this year. It would be fun to see Louis C.K. or Larry David win, as they both constantly deliver while playing versions of themselves.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won an Emmy for every show she has been on ("Seinfield," "New Adventures of Old Christine"). She should win for "Veep," unless voters decide to skew younger with Lena Dunham or Zooey Deschanel, both of whom are popular choices as well.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

Max Greenfield, "New Girl"

Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"

Prediction: One of the men from "Modern Family" is likely to win (probably either Ty Burrell -- who won last year -- or Eric Stonestreet -- who won the year before that). But a Max Greenfield win would be a nice change of pace.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

Prediction: Julie Bowen won last year and will probably win again this year. Some view Kathryn Joosten as a possible sentimental pick with her passing in June.

DRAMA SERIES

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"Homeland"

"Mad Men"

Prediction: Despite both "Homeland" and "Game of Thrones" having huge fans followings, this year's drama race will come down to two AMC dramas. "Mad Men" can make history with a fifth straight win, but "Breaking Bad" is pretty strong competition. "Mad Men" is the better overall show and will likely win again.

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Prediction: This one should be interesting. Many thought Jon Hamm would finally win last year with Bryan Cranston's absence (Kyle Chandler from "Friday Night Lights" pulled the upset). While Hamm was stellar in the most recent season of "Mad Men," Emmy voters love Cranston's Walter White, and he should take his fourth award for the portrayal.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Glenn Close, "Damages"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

Claire Danes, Homeland"

Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Prediction: Julianna Margulies won last year to no one's surprise. But this year, new addition Claire Danes will take the award for her portrayal of a bipolar agent on "Homeland."

SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

Prediction: Last year's winner (Margo Martindale from "Justified") isn't up for the award this year, leaving the door open for someone else. Christina Hendricks was part of one of "Mad Men's" most controversial storylines last season, doing a great job with it, and could potentially win the show's first acting Emmy. Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey" could be a dark horse.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad"

Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey"

Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Jared Harris, "Mad Men"

Prediction: This category is packed with talent. Aaron Paul and Peter Dinklage are both past winners in this category, and newcomers Giancarlo Esposito and Jared Harris are strong competition. Look for one of the men from "Breaking Bad" to win the award, most likely Esposito -- his Gus Fring is a very compelling character.

MINISERIES OR MOVIE

"American Horror Story"

"Game Change"

"Hatfields & McCoys"

"Hemingway & Gellhorn"

"Luther"

"Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"

Prediction: It will probably come down to "Game Change" or "Hatfields & McCoys." The team behind "Game Change" won an Emmy back in 2008 for "Recount," so the HBO film is a strong contender. "Hatfields & McCoys" was a big hit for the History Channel, and older Emmy voters might favor the miniseries.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"

Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"

Prediction: Two actors from "HatfieldS & McCoys." Two from the BBC. And two from HBO. While it would be great to see Idris Elba or Benedict Cumberbatch rewarded for their stellar -- and underappreciated -- work, chances are Harrelson will nab the award.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

Connie Britton, "American Horror Story"

Julianne Moore, "Game Change"

Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Ashley Judd, "Missing"

Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch"

Prediction: Julianne Moore did an excellent job portraying former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in "Game Change" and will most likely be rewarded for her work.

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Katy DeLuca

Entertainment Editor
The Washington Examiner