Television award season is in full bloom, and we couldn’t be more excited. In three short weeks, on July 14, the 68th Annual Emmy Award nominations will be announced by Lauren Graham and Anthony Anderson via Emmys.com live stream. Then, it’s another painful two months until our beloved Emmys air on ABC (block out September 18th at 8pm Eastern Time on your calendars, like, NOW!) So why is our favorite TV ceremony already receiving tons of buzz? The 2016 predictions are out and critics are weighing in. While there are plenty of theories to go around, here are some of the most notable forecasts:

Best Drama Series

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According to 99.9% of Emmy predictions (okay, maybe that’s a large estimate), Game of Thrones is a shoo-in for this prestigious category. With its sixth season going strong (including one of the most epic TV battle scenes known to mankind), we’re certain these this show has the power to take home ‘Best Drama’ for the second year in a row. Both The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire predict GoT will be up against Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Better Call SaulMr. Robot and Homeland, respectively. Underrated gems that might end up in the race?  STARZ Network’s Outlander or FX‘s The Americans.

Best Comedy Series

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When it comes to big laughs, it seems like we’ll see a diverse set of nominees this year. Veep, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, Master of None, Black-ish and Transparent are constant predictions across the board. Of course, no one (presumably the Academy included) has forgotten about Modern Family, a show that never fails to sweep its numerous nominations. Other series such as Mozart in the JungleThe Big Bang Theory and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are estimated to appear on the docket too.

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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Critics and fans alike are predicting Kevin Spacey‘s first Emmy win for his performance in House of Cards. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) and Liv Schreiber (Ray Donovan) are other names being tossed into the bracket. Hopeful Bates Motel fans are rooting for a Freddie Highmore nomination upon the show’s final season. 

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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2016 was a year of some seriously badass leading ladies. Between Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), we’re not sure who deserves recognition more.

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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Whether it’s Jeffrey Tambor‘s powerfully funny performance in TransparentAziz Ansari‘s ingeniously charming wit in Master of None or Anthony Anderson‘s meaningful and hilarious role in Black-ish, there are plenty of goofy guys said to be in the running for this year’s comedic lead. Predictions for this category range from performances in veteran series (William H. Macy from Shameless) to newer shows (Will Forte in Last Man on Earth).

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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Veep queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already taken home FOUR consecutive Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer…and according to the polls, she’s likely to win again. Fan favorite Amy Schumer is predicted to receive a nomination for Inside Amy Schumer, while other funny ladies include Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper, Grace and Frankie’s Lily Tomlin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’Rachel Bloom.

Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series 

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While this category isn’t always the talk of the town, this year has some pretty popular potentials. Namely, the Netflix series that everyone and their mother watched: Making a Murderer. Though it seems like this might take the cake, other prospective nominees definitely do the documentary/non-fiction world justice. Chef’s Table may end up in the race (everyone loves a good cooking show these days), as well as hou, which has been nominated for the last three years.

To view a full list of Emmy Award categories, visit Emmys.com.

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It’s been nearly two decades since the events of Independence Day in 1996 and the aliens have finally returned. While not every actor and actress from the original film will be reprising their roles in the sequel, there are a few faces you may recognize that have come back to defend us from extinction. Read on and find out who will and won’t return in Independence Day: Resurgence!

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Bill Pullman
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Bill Pullman played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original Independence Day, is one of the actors who will reprise his role from the first film. His character was the 42nd President of the United States and also served as a fighter pilot in the Persian Gulf War. In the 2016 sequel, Whitmore has long since ended his presidency but has been having recurring visions of alien symbols ever since his encounter with the aliens twenty years ago.
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Jeff Goldblum
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Jeff Goldblum is another actor who will reprise his role from the original film. In the first film, he played David Levinson, a computer expert from MIT who was essential in defeating the aliens. He devised a computer virus that disabled the alien force fields and allowed a nuclear missile to be effective. In the sequel, he has left his job as a satellite technician in New York City and was recommended by President Whitmore to become Director of ESD (Earth Space Defense). As Director, he provides the United Nations with the information necessary to fight off alien invasions.
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Mary McDonnell
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Although Mary McDonnell played First Lady of the United States Marilyn Whitmore in the first movie, she will unfortunately not be returning in the sequel. This is unsurprising as her character died in the original film. However, McDonnell has had a lot of success since her days as First Lady. Recently, she had a recurring role as Captain Sharon Raydor in The Closer for which she won an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series in 2011. This led to a spin-off series titled Major Crimes which debuted in 2012.
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Will Smith
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Will Smith is another actor who will not be reprising his role from Independence Day. Smith played Captain Steven Hiller, a pilot who manages to subdue an alien pilot and bring it in for autopsy in the first film. Although Hiller did not die during the events of the original movie, it is revealed in the 2016 novel Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes that he was killed while test flying an alien hybrid fighter that malfunctioned and exploded. According to a Movieweb article from way back, discussions for Will Smith's return were stopped when Fox refused to pay $50 million for his salary.
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Vivica A. Fox
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Although Will Smith won't be returning as Captain Steven Hiller, Vivica A. Fox will be reprising her role as his wife Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller. Her return was confirmed by director Roland Emmerich on March 3rd in 2015. She was originally an exotic dancer when we last saw her in Independence Day but went on to marry Hiller. Afterwards, she returned to school to study nursing and now works as a hospital administrator in Independence Day: Resurgence. 

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Harry Styles has reportedly signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records.
According to Billboard.com, the 22-year-old star has made the decision to stick with Columbia – the same label behind his group One Direction – as he goes it alone.
Editors at the outlet report that terms of the deal are as yet unknown, and there is currently no timeline for a solo album.
The news comes after Harry hinted he would be the first current member of One Direction to go solo during the group’s hiatus, when he registered four songs with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) last year (15) and moved management companies.
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder also spoke about working with Harry on solo material earlier this year (16), admitting he has no idea what is going to happen to the songs they worked on together.
“We’ve done a couple of things, I have no idea what they’re for. I don’t know if he’s doing an album, I truthfully don’t,” he told radio network Key103.
Since One Direction went on hiatus earlier this year (16), the boys have been working on their own projects. Liam Payne has been writing music, Louis Tomlinson is working on his record label and looking after son Freddie, and Niall Horan has been working on his golf management agency. Niall is also eyeing up a solo career, according to reports, with Simon Cowell’s label Syco and One Direction’s management Modest.
Harry has also been kept busy with his fledgling acting career, after landing a role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, a World War II drama about the evacuation of Allied troops from French beaches in 1940.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation.
His announcement comes in the wake of the country voting to leave the European Union (EU). The Conservative Party leader, who had been campaigning for Britain to remain within the EU delivered an emotional speech on Friday (24Jun16) outside the Prime Ministerial residence, Number 10 Downing Street.
In the address Cameron, 49, acknowledged defeat in Thursday’s (23Jun16) “Brexit” referendum and announced that he felt the country should seek “fresh leadership” to negotiate an exit from the EU.
“I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone not the future of any single politician, including myself,” he said.
“But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.
“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks but I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain to take our country to its next destination.
“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly, but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.
“There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new Prime Minister in place by the end of the Conservative Party conference in October (16).”
The announcement marks the end of Cameron’s six year premiership which started in May 2010 and 14 months after he won the U.K. general election again.
Frontrunners to replace him as the leader of the Conservative Party and therefore Prime Minister include former London mayor Boris Johnson and British Home Secretary Theresa May.

Chris Pine has blasted superhero diets for being extremely unhealthy.
The American actor is certainly no stranger to starring in action films, and can next be seen reprising his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond. Although he’s had to boost his fitness for the high-octane flicks, Chris, 35, hasn’t gone to the same lengths as Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans to bulk up for their Marvel films – and he dreads to think of the impact it has on their bodies.
“You’ve got Thor, you’ve got Captain America. These guys are eating 5,000, 7,000 calories, waking up just to eat food, eating 15 meals a day,” he told Men’s Fitness magazine. “For your liver, I don’t think that’s healthy.”
Instead of going to such severe lengths, the Wonder Woman star works with trainer Mark Wildman to hone his muscular physique. The pair do exercises such as squats, lunges and presses and use kettle bells for their workout sessions – following the philosophy that its best to move the body in different directions.
“With this workout, all of a sudden you start to float more,” Chris explained. “Even my friends used to make fun of the way I walked. I was walking in this rigid way, and it had a lot to do with having been an insecure kid trying to move protectively. Now, my body is moving in a more healthful way. It’s because of Mark’s process.”
In return Mark is impressed by Chris’ efforts and notes it isn’t an easy feat, joking: “These movements are why woolly mammoths went extinct.”
Thor heartthrob Hemsworth has previously bemoaned his beefy body, admitting he felt uncomfortable being that size. However, for 2015’s In the Heart of the Sea the Australian star had to drop 33 pounds to pay a stranded fisherman, and tucked into just 500 calories a day to slim down dramatically. Because of this, he saw his emotions swirl and lead to him having a “pretty moody existence”.