The myriad actors of “Game of Thrones” scattered across Westeros will win Best Drama Ensemble together at the SAG Awards according to our racetrack odds. It would be the first win and third nomination in that category for the HBO fantasy epic.
Do you agree that “Thrones” is the frontrunner, or will it be defeated for a third time? Click here to make your predictions in eight SAG TV categories, or use our drag-and-drop menu below to get started. Your predictions determine our racetrack odds, which are watched closely by industry insiders to find out who has the inside track.
SAG voters love to reward large casts, and “Game of Thrones” undoubtedly has one of the largest ensembles on television, but it has been passed over for the last three years. In 2011, for its debut season, it lost to another prestigious HBO drama: “Boardwalk Empire.” In 2012, it wasn’t even nominated, and “Downton Abbey” took top honors. In 2013, it returned to the lineup, but couldn’t get past “Breaking Bad,” which was virtually unbeatable on the awards scene for its final episodes.
This year, “Breaking Bad” is off the air, and while “Boardwalk Empire” and “Downton Abbey” have lost some of the media enthusiasm that marked their earlier seasons, “Game of Thrones” continues to reach new highs in the ratings, on MetaCritic, and at the Emmys. And last year, “Thrones” fan-favorite Peter Dinklage earned his first individual SAG nomination for Best Drama Actor, which may indicate increasing industry support for the series as a whole.
“Thrones” leads our predictions with 23/10 odds, but not far behind are the aforementioned “Downton Abbey” (9/2 odds), Netflix’s “House of Cards” (11/2 odds), and the anthology series “True Detective” (13/2 odds). Rounding out our top five is CBS’s “The Good Wife” (14/1 odds), which our predictors think will return to the race even though it hasn’t been nominated since 2011. As for “Boardwalk Empire,” it is expected to drop out of contention, landing in seventh with 50/1 odds.
Despite its struggle for Best Drama Ensemble, the action-packed “Thrones” has dominated the SAG race for Best TV Stunt Ensemble, going undefeated in three contests. Will that success finally carry over to the rest of its regular cast? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions.