2018 Emmy Odds: Fresh Faces, Lauded Veterans in Actress Categories

Monday, July 23, 2018 8:11 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 8:11 PM UTC

You can seriously throw a dart into every category this year and find an actress worthy of taking home the top award.

<p>OK, we’re just going to say it: the Emmy’s Outstanding Actress categories are clown cars of talent.</p><p>The 18 actresses nominated in the drama, comedy and limited series or movie categories, have 116 nominations and 25 Emmy wins between them. Lilly Tomlin alone has 25 nominations and six wins. Allison Janney has 14 nominations and six wins. See where we’re going with this?</p><p>Any of these actresses can win their respective category. Oh, you need more guidance on how to bet? We live to serve.</p><p>News was made when nominees were announced in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Sandra Oh, who has earned six supporting actress nominations while on "Grey’s Anatomy," was recognized for her work as an MI5 security officer hunting a serial killer on BBC America’s "Killing Eve." She is the first Asian woman to be nominated in the Lead Actress category.</p><p>Oddsmakers at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">SportsBetting</a> give Oh a decent chance of winning (+325) but <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">the frontrunner is last year’s winner, Elisabeth Moss (-600)</a> for her evolving character, June, on Hulu’s too-close-to-reality "The Handmaid’s Tale."</p><p>Also in contention but unlikely to win: Claire Foy (+2500) in her last season portraying Queen Elizabeth on "The Crown," Keri Russell (+3000) in the final season on "The Americans," 2016 Best Actress winner Tatiana Maslany (+4000) for her multiple roles on the defunct "Orphan Black," and Evan Rachel Wood (+4500) in HBO’s "Westworld."</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Grateful to be in this club. Grateful to be working. And back on my grind. We start shooting season 3 on Monday. We needed this. Thank you, believers! &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BetterthingsFX?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@BetterthingsFX&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TelevisionAcad?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@TelevisionAcad&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/emmys2018?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#emmys2018&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/fgrzmpmB8R\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/fgrzmpmB8R&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Pamela Adlon (@pamelaadlon) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/pamelaadlon/status/1017894467343249408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 13, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>News also will be broken in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series. For the first time in six years, an actress other than Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win the award. The day after taking home the Emmy last year for her role in "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus announced she had breast cancer and would take a hiatus from the HBO comedy to undergo treatment. She has completed chemotherapy, undergone surgery and will return to work in August, according to Entertainment Weekly.</p><p>With Louis-Dreyfuss not in contention, that brought new faces, including Pamela Adlon (+4000) of "Better Things" on FX and Isaa Rae (+5000) of "Insecure" on HBO. Also nominated is Janney (+2000) of "Mom" and Tomlin (+5000) of "Grace &amp; Frankie."</p><p>But <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" title="Free Sports &amp; Entertainment Picks">the new queen of TV comedy will be Rachel Brosnahan</a> (-800) of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Her vivacious portrayal of Midge, a 1950s New York City homemaker with a biting-wit trying to launch a comedy career, has charmed critics and will do the same to Emmy voters.</p><p>Don’t get us wrong, we’d be just as happy if three-time nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (+325) of "Black-ish" were to win, but in comedy timing is everything and this year Brosnahan has it.</p><p>Jessica Biel is a first-timer in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie that is chockfull of multiple-Emmy nominees and former winners. Biel’s role in "The Sinner," as an accused murderer with a history of emotional trauma, received critical acclaim and bookmakers have put her in contention with odds of +325.</p><p>The frontrunner and likely winner is Laura Dern (-700) in HBO’s "The Tale," a story of uncertain memories in a case where a decades-old relationship is under new scrutiny as sexual abuse. Dern snagged an Emmy last year for her work in "Big Little Lies."</p><p>Other contenders are four-time Emmy nominee Michelle Dockery (+2500) leaving Lady Mary of "Downton Abbey" in the dust as a gun-wielding widow in the Netflix Western "Godless;" two-time Emmy winner Regina King (+4000) in "Seven Seconds," as a grief stricken mother whose son dies after being hit by a car driven by a white police officer; 2017 Emmy winner Sara Paulson (+4500) for "American Horror Story: Cult" as a woman whose crippling anxiety and fears are triggered by the election of Donald Trump; and four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco (+5000) as a non-nonsense attorney defending brothers accused of murder in "Law &amp; Order, True Crime: The Menendez Murders."</p><p>The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of "Saturday Night Live" air Sept. 17 on NBC.</p>
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