2018 Emmy Odds: Supporting Roles Bring Out Best in Nominees

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018 7:13 PM UTC

From poignant to scenery chewing, some competitors for supporting actor and actress are in a tight race for an Emmy.

<p><font color="#111111">Viewers are trained to focus on the lead actors, those whose names are sometimes before the title or the character whose name IS the title: Barry, Mrs. Maisel, Patrick Melrose, Kimmy Schmidt, Picasso, Roseanne. Oops.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">But the bottom line is that supporting actors and actresses are vital to a TV show. The characters they portray are loyal to the lead, almost to their detriment. They speak the truth, offering perspective, reassurance and advice, especially when the main character is about to do something dumb.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Supporting characters are basically us, the viewers, yelling at the TV from the couch. “Don’t go in there!” “Are you crazy?” “Listen to me.” “Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land.”</font></p><p><font color="#111111">OK, maybe not that last one. But you’ll avoid a lecture on <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/how-to-read-odds/" rel="nofollow">how to read odds</a> if you can name the Emmy-winning actor in a supporting role who did utter those words. (Answer at the bottom of this story.)</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Both <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> are offering odds on actors and actresses nominated for Emmys in supporting roles who excelled at assisting the lead characters and impacting viewers by making their experiences richer or at least tolerable. Did we mention “Roseanne”?</font></p><p><font color="#111111">In Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, David Harbour (-350), who plays Police Chief Jim Hopper on “Stranger Things,” <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">is the favored choice</a>. He did have many poignant moments with Eleven, acting as a surrogate father, which tugs at Emmy voters’ hearts. But you should never, ever rule out Peter Dinklage (+300) in “Game of Thrones,” who won the Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in 2011 and 2015.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Also nominated: </font>Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) +800, Matt Smith (“The Crown”) +3500, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) +4000, and Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) +4500.</p><p>Consensus is that Ann Dowd (-160) will be a repeat winner as Outstanding Supporting Actress, and we agree, for her twisted portrayal of Aunt Lydia who is in charge of re-educating the young women to bear children in “The Handmaids’ Tale.” Her stiffest completion comes from acting colleague Yvonne Strahovski (+225), who plays the very complicated but mostly horrible Serena on the Hulu’ drama series.</p><p>Also in the running: Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) +400, Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) +2500, Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) +4000, Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) +4500 and Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) +5000.</p><p>Things lighten up dramatically in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series where Kate McKinnon (+125) of “Saturday Night Live” is slightly favored for a repeat win. God knows we love her chain-smoking alien abductee that cracks up her fellow players, but will it be enough? We’re picking Alex Borstein (+200) for playing the bulldog-type manager for the up-and-coming comic on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And, who knows, fabulous Laurie Metcalf (+180) may get the sympathy vote for her reprisal as Jackie who went toe-to-toe with Roseanne.</p><p>Other nominees, all with odds of +5000 are Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”), Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”), Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”) +5000, Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) +5000 and Megan Mullally (“Will &amp; Grace”) +5000.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;just got back from arm day &amp;amp; found out I got nominated for a Emmy for the second time for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series! So you know I had to &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/dotheshiggy?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#dotheshiggy&lt;/a&gt; challenge with &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BMcStyle_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@BMcStyle_&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/nbcsnl?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@nbcsnl&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/emmynominated?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#emmynominated&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/inmyfeelings?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#inmyfeelings&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Youknowmeandbrianwasgonmakeavideo?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Youknowmeandbrianwasgonmakeavideo&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ibetterwin?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ibetterwin&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/9K8A5QYQ3F\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/9K8A5QYQ3F&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/1017507113738915840?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>For us, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">there is only one choice to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy</a> -- Henry Winkler (-300) of HBO’s “Barry.” Winkler, playing verbose acting teacher Gene Cousineau, almost seems to be the upside-down Fonzie, having to work way too hard to charm a police detective who is on the hunt for a hitman (Bill Hader as Barry).</p><p>Also in the running: Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) +300, Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) +800, Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) +1500, last year’s winner Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) +4000, Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) +5000 and Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”) +5000 (please, no).</p><p>With his nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Jeff Daniels is a sure bet to take home his second Emmy Award. He won in 2013 for his portrayal of Will McAvoy on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” The character he plays in the Netflix Western “Godless,” villainous Frank Griffin, is just as cranky as McAvoy but not as deadly.</p><p>We also like Brandon Victor Dixon (+2500), who played Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and all but stole the NBC musical from John Legend, but it’s not meant to be. Also nominated: fashion designer doppelganger Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) +375, Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) +500, Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”) +4000, Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) +4000, and John Leguizamo (“Waco”) +5000.</p><p>Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (-150) is the frontrunner for an Emmy with her channeling of Donatella Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Her closest competitors are Judith Light (+300), also in “Versace,” in a brilliant performance as the wife of Lee Miglin (Mike Farrell), another victim of serial killer Andrew Cunanan and Merritt Wever (+400) who exposed serious acting chops in “Godless.”</p><p>Others in contention are Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”) +600, Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” [“Black Mirror”]) +4000 and Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”) +5000.</p><p>The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” news anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Sept. 17 on NBC.</p><p>And the answer to our impromptu trivia quiz at the top of this article is Bradley Whitford as Josh Lymon on NBC’s “The West Wing.” He won the Emmy in 2001.</p>
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