Emmys mystery: Will ‘Olive Kitteridge’ really win three acting races?

According to Gold Derby’s combined Emmys predictions, HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” is going to clean up in the movie/miniseries races, winning the top prize of Best Limited Series as well as trophies for Frances McDormand as Best Actress, Richard Jenkins as Best Actor and Bill Murray as Best Supporting Actor.

Do you think that “Olive Kitteridge” will take three acting awards? Hurry — make your own predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmys).

Richard Jenkins on ‘connecting’ with Frances McDormand in ‘Olive Kitteridge’

It’s not unheard of for a limited production to win multiple acting awards. Just last year, FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” won a pair for Jessica Lange (lead) and Kathy Bates (supporting). And back in 2004, “Angels in America” pulled off a clean sweep by winning all four acting races: two for leads Al Pacino and Meryl Streep and two for supporting players Mary Louise Parker and Jeffrey Wright.

If “Olive Kitteridge” wins three acting Emmys, it’ll be in the same company as:

“Roots” (1977)
Louis Gossett Jr., Edward Asner, Olivia Cole

“Holocaust” (1978)
Michael Moriarty, Meryl Streep, Blanche Baker

“The Thorn Birds” (1983)
Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Kiley, Jean Simmons

“John Adams” (2008)
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

“Temple Grandin” (2010)
Claire Danes, David Strathairn, Julia Ormond

See any major omissions on our list? Be sure to sound off in the comments section below or join the discussion in our TV forum.

In the event that Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions don’t pan out for “Olive Kitteridge,” let’s take a look at the possible upsets for McDormand, Jenkins and Murray, according to our combined odds.

Best Movie/Mini Actress
McDormand is in first place with 14/5 odds, followed by Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honorable Woman”) in second place with odds of 4/1 and Queen Latifah (“Bessie”) at 5/1 odds in third place.

Best Movie/Mini Actor
Jenkins tops our chart with 10/3 odds, then there’s Bill Paxton (“Texas Rising”) in second place at 11/2 odds and Adrien Brody (“Houdini”) in third place with odds of 8/1.

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
After Murray, who’s in the lead with 3/1 odds, there’s a two-way tie for second place between Michael Chiklis (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) and Stephen Rea (“The Honorable Woman”) at 11/2 odds apiece.

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