2018 Emmy Odds: Men Fight for Gold in Competitive Acting Categories

Monday, July 23, 2018 11:50 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 11:50 AM UTC

There look to be some competitive races at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actor in the drama, comedy and limited series or movie acting categories. 

<p>Many times, when Emmy acting category nominations are announced you usually hear more about the snubs and flubs rather than who actually might take home the award.</p><p>That wasn’t the case this year, where it seems there was only one glaring omission among the nominations in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/2018-emmy-odds-handmaids-tale-will-win-best-drama-crown-again/86018" rel="nofollow">drama, </a>comedy and limited series or movie acting categories for the 70<sup>th</sup> Primetime Emmy Awards.</p><p>In the damn-fine-cup-of-coffee spit take heard around Hollywood, Kyle MacLachlan was left off the list of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of three characters on Showtime’s “Twin Peaks.” Twitter reaction was fierce and fans are still complaining. Well they should stop -- MacLachlan never had a chance of winning.</p><p>Odds in the race from <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a> and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow">SportsBetting</a> have <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/2018-emmy-odds-american-crime-story-to-fashion-win-in-limited-series/86033" rel="nofollow">Darren Criss</a> (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) as the frontrunner at -375. The also-rans are Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), +300; Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), +3000; Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”), +3500; John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), +4500; and Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) +5000.</p><p>Criss had this award wrapped up long before the ninth and final episode of “American Crime Story” aired on FX. His forceful, narcissistic and decidedly creepy performance of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace in front of his home in Miami, made us forget he was ever in bouncy “Glee.” His nearest competition is Cumberbatch for his role as a rich junkie trying to come clean in “Patrick Melrose.”</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;EMMY NOMINATED ACTOR DARREN CRISS &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Emmys?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Emmys&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/jzpLnxiHLh\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/jzpLnxiHLh&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— federica.🐞 (@stansebbie) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/stansebbie/status/1017441913379663872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 12, 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>We think competition in the other two lead acting categories is a bit tighter, despite the odds, with new faces bringing fresh choices in categories where the nominees have been all-too familiar.</p><p>The drama in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category is if Sterling K. Brown (-350) will win his second Emmy for his ugly-cry-inducing performance on NBC’s “This is Us.” This means he will have to beat co-star Milo Ventimiglia (+2200), who sparked his own Kleenex-box-clearing-cry when his super-dad character, Jack, finally faced his fate after a house fire.</p><p>But Matthew Rhys (+400) in “The Americans” and Jeffrey Wright (+650) in HBO’s “Westworld” could be the surprise winners in this category. Wright, graduating from the supporting actor category, has proven to be the heart of the HBO series about a robot amusement park, especially when he learned this year (spoiler alert!) that he, too, is a robot. And Rhys, earning this third nomination for his portrayal of a Russian spy in “The Americans,” may pull a Jon Hamm, winning the Emmy acting award in his final nomination for the now-defunct series. Hamm, as you may remember, was nominated eight times for his work as troubled ad man Don Draper, before winning the award in the last year of the series.</p><p>Brown is certainly the man to beat, but we think momentum is growing for Rhys as Emmy voters try to find a way to honor a series that seems to be reflective of the U.S. political climate. Nominees Jason Bateman (+2500) for “Ozark” and Ed Harris (+5000) for “Westworld” should practice their “I didn’t win but won’t show my disappointment” smile.</p><p>As for Outstanding Actor in a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/2018-emmy-odds-mrs-maisel-marvelous-bet-for-outstanding-comedy/86028" rel="nofollow">Comedy Series,</a> the category should change its name Outstanding Actor in a Caustic Series.</p><p>A majority of the actors in this race have been cast in roles that are more dark comedy than light laughs. Heck, Anthony Anderson’s dad in “Black-ish” had to find the funny in possible divorce and Larry David of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a walking, talking sarcastic remark.</p><p>The real fight for the Emmy in this category comes down to two – last year’s winner Donald Glover (-250) of “Atlanta” and freshman nominee Bill Hader (+160) of “Barry” on HBO.</p><p>Sorry, Anderson (+2500), Ted Danson (+3000) of “The Good Place,” William H. Macy (+4000) of “Shameless” and David (+5000) of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” We will attempt <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/nfl-betting/" rel="nofollow">football betting</a> before losing money on you, uh, with all due respect.</p><p>In the duel of the “dramedy” actors, Glover, who plays the manager of his cousin’s burgeoning rap career, will eek out a win over “Saturday Night Live” alum Hader, who’s role as a hitman-turned-actor brings just much blood loss as belly laughs.</p><p>Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” will host the Emmy Awards on NBC Sept. 17</p>
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