According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Drama Actress, Claire Foy (“The Crown”) is going to win her first Emmy following recent victories at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. She plays a young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s regal drama, which should be like catnip to TV academy voters. However, we should also watch out for Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), who’s hotter than ever because she just won an Oscar for her role in “Fences.” See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
Foy leads the Best Drama Actress race for “The Crown” with overall odds of 27/10, based on Gold Derby’s racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Soon, we’ll also feature the predictions of Emmy Experts from major media outlets, but they haven’t piped in quite yet.
In second place is perennial Emmy nominee Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) with 7/2 odds. Wright is coming off her fourth straight nomination for playing First Lady Claire Underwood in the Netflix show, but she could have the edge this time around thanks to the fact that the new season debuts May 30, just one day before the Emmy cut-off date. Might that help “House of Cards” and Wright stay top-of-mind with voters?
“How to Get Away with Murder” star Davis is actually tied with Wright at 7/2 odds. Davis won this category two years ago, but last year was stopped at the finish line by surprise champ Tatiana Maslaney (“Orphan Black”). Luckily for Davis, the reigning Oscar champ for Best Supporting Actress, Maslany is ineligible for Emmy consideration this time around because her show does not premiere until June.
Last year’s surprise nominee Keri Russell (“The Americans”) is now in fourth place to win with 4/1 odds. Her show is currently airing its fifth season to rave reviews for FX, so if Emmy voters fall even harder for Elizabeth on the Russian spy drama this year, we could see a situation where Russell finally wins her first career Emmy after years of being snubbed.
At 5/1 odds, fifth-place contender Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) is hoping to match the success she had at the Critics’ Choice Awards in this category. Wood is no stranger to the Emmys, having previously been nominated as Best Movie/Miniseries Actress for “Mildred Pierce” (2011). She plays robot Dolores on the HBO sci-fi drama, but might she split the vote with her co-lead Thandie Newton?
Two-time winner in this category Claire Danes is back again for Showtime’s “Homeland” as CIA agent Carrie Mathison. She’s in sixth place to win with 11/2 odds. A third victory in this race for the same character would vault her into the company of Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Michael Learned (“The Waltons”), Barbara Bain (“Mission: Impossible”) and Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”), all second to Tyne Daly who won four times for “Cagney & Lacey.”
Following those six contenders on our Best Drama Actress chart is Newton (“Westworld”) in seventh place with 6/1 odds, Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”) in eighth place with 6/1 odds, Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) in ninth place with 7/1 odds and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) in 10th place with 15/2 odds.
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