There are two sets of Oscar winning co-stars leading the Emmy race for Best Movie/Limited Series Actress, and choosing between them is going to be tough. In this corner, from FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” are Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, who play legendary Hollywood stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, respectively. And in the opposing corner are the lead actresses from HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who star as affluent mothers in Monterey who are involved in a murder mystery.
But the Emmy can only go to one woman, so who has the advantage? According to our latest predictions, Lange is out front with odds of 14/5, followed by Sarandon (10/3 odds), Witherspoon (7/2 odds) and Kidman (9/2 odds). But all four women should be wary. Last year the TV academy changed its procedure from ranked ballots to a straight plurality vote, and that puts co-stars at risk of splitting their votes. That could result in a surge for Carrie Coon (“Fargo”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”) or “American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman or Regina King, depending on whether one or both women break through.
Our forum posters are debating the Emmy potential for this pair of powerhouse duos. Read some of their comments below and join the discussion in our message boards.
Ivo Stoyanov: “Kidman and Witherspoon are too good to be snubbed, they are both locks. Lange and Sarandon are very good too, they are almost a lock. Huffman and King are also very good, but we have to wait and see how the third season progress. We also have to wait for Coon, but I think that she is going to be superb. This is going to be the best category this year and maybe the best in years. Other actresses don’t have a chance.”
Alex B: “Lange and Sarandon are better than Witherspoon and Kidman, so they’re locks more than the other two.”
dj: “Kidman is clearly giving the deepest performance on ‘Big Little Lies’ right now so I don’t see why anyone would have a tough time picking between her and Witherspoon.”
jf123: “Witherspoon has the more showy role and is the main lead if you had to choose one, and I’ve seen many people call her the standout. And while Sarandon’s [far-left] politics may play a role, I find it hard to believe that members of the academy will be childish and not vote for her. But I may be overestimating the academy on that one.”
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