mad men season 4 cast Emmys 2011: Web pundits pick 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family,' Steve Carell, Margo MartindaleWith the Emmys almost upon us, the predictions are flying fast and furious across the web. On Friday, you’ll see who we think will win (and should win) in the major categories.

From the predictions we’ve seen so far, it seems like “Mad Men” will fend off all challenges to win yet another outstanding drama series award, and “Modern Family” will also repeat in the comedy series category. Jon Hamm will nab an Emmy now that he’s out of Bryan Cranston‘s shadow, Steve Carell will finally win an Emmy for his “Office” swan song, and everyone is rooting for Margo Martindale of “Justified.” Most people pick Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife” to win, as well, though they said the same thing last year, and the drama lead actress award ended up going to Kyra Sedgwick instead.

Here’s a sampling of some other Emmy picks from around the web. For each, we’ll list their choices for best comedy and drama series and one other notable pick.

Gold Derby: It looks like most of the critics on the site’s expert panel — including Zap2it’s Rick Porter — is that “Mad Men” will take outstanding drama and “Modern Family” will take outstanding comedy.
Notable Pick: Ty Burrell is picked to win the “Modern Family”-filled supporting actor in a comedy category by most of the experts.

HitFix: “Mad Men” gets the nod in the drama category, though “Boardwalk Empire” gets some attention, as well; the comedy vote goes to “Modern Family.”
Notable Pick: Laura Linney of “The Big C” over Amy Poehler for best lead actress in a comedy. They want Poehler to win, but think the academy will keep the Showtime streak alive here.

Vulture: “Modern Family” and “Mad Men” will repeat in their respective categories.
Notable Pick: Alan Cumming will win outstanding supporting actor in a drama over “Good Wife” co-star Josh Charles and more fashionable picks Walton Goggins, Peter Dinklage and John Slattery.

The Daily Beast: Like most critics, the picks here are “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.” Notable Pick: The critics were split on the lead actress categories. In comedy, Amy Poehler and Martha Plimpton got votes, and in drama Margulies and Connie Britton were selected.

Television Without Pity:
“Mad Men” and “Modern Family” (Yawn).
Notable Pick: “The Amazing Race” over “Top Chef” in the reality competition category. It’s notable because “Top Chef” is the defending champ and had one of its best seasons to date. What else? “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.”
Notable Pick: Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire” in the supporting dramatic actress category. Ken Tucker of EW seems to be the only major critic who isn’t picking Martindale here. Who knows? Maybe he’ll be right and the rest of us will be wrong.

Of course, you can see if everyone’s predictions are right when the Emmys are given out Sunday (Sept. 18) at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Posted by:Joel Keller