The 69th annual Emmy Awards is nearly upon us, celebrating the best in television performances across drama and comedy in the past year. Hosted by American talk show veteran Stephen Colbert, the ceremony will take place on Sunday September 17 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. As ever, the bookmakers are offering odds on each of the categories, so let’s see if we can predict some of the big winners from one of Hollywood’s most glittering occasions.
1. Outstanding Limited and Comedy Series Betting
The bookies have installed an odds-on favourite for this category, with Big Little Lies as short as 1.60 with some sportsbooks.
Those seem like fair odds given the star power that the series had to offer, with Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard all featuring.
The 2016 winner of this award was The People vs O.J. Simpson, so weighty subject matter appears to be the way to glory in this category. Big Little Lies, which is essentially about domestic abuse, fits the bill and is a smart bet for punters.
Veep has won this award for the past two years, and so the series’ odds of 1.66 to win again in 2017 fully reflect how much the judges seem to enjoy the political satire.
Master of None, Black-Ish and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt were all nominated in 2016 but failed to win, so their chances seem slim 12 months later, while the niche subject matter of Atlanta probably discounts that show given that mainstream favourites Veep ad Modern Family have shared this award since 2011.
2. Best Drama Series Betting Odds
The Netflix-only Stranger Things would be a popular winner of this award at 3.00, but there has yet to be an online-only winner of this category – typically, series’ that have been aired on television get the nod.
Look at some of the recent Outstanding Drama Series champions: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Mad Men, to name but a few. These are all big budget productions with lofty ambitions, so perhaps there is value in taking on the 17.00 available on Westworld.
This series ticks all of the boxes of former winners of the award, and its weighty subject matter of Artificial Intelligence and its use in society is sure to strike a chord with the judges.
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3. Best Actor/Actress Betting Odds
A number of fellows in the best actor category have all lost out numerous times in recent years: Bob Odenkirk, Live Schreiber and Kevin Spacey all missing out in the past two years and Spacey three times in total.
By that logic, Sterling K. Brown is a worthy favourite at 2.20 for his portrayal of Randall Pearson in This Is Us. The superbly-written drama has been a huge success in America, and success for Brown here would be well merited.
Following her success in Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss has delivered the performance of her career in The Handmaid’s Tale, the powerful dystopian drama from the pen of Margaret Atwood. Moss appears a shoe-in for the Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama gong at 1.60.
The judges caused a huge shock in this category last year by handing the Best Actor prize to Courtney B. Vance, who portrayed Johnnie Cochrane in The People vs O.J. Simpson, rather than Cuba Gooding Jr, who played Simpson himself.
So punters are advised to look out for a surprise winner here, and Ewen McGregor fits the bill at 5.50. He delivered his best performances in years playing the brothers Emmitt and Ray Stussy, and that ability to deliver two defining roles should be award-worthy.
Like McGregor, Nicole Kidman is at her very best in Big Little Lies, playing an abused wife in some of the most harrowing scenes broadcast anywhere in years. The Best Actress award would be just desserts for her efforts at 3.00.