According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Movie/Mini Actress, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are battling for first place for their starring roles on FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” But they’re not the only twosome from the same program that our odds-makers predict will shake up this exciting Emmy race. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
Lange leads our predictions with 14/5 odds for her performance as movie icon Joan Crawford in the FX hit. This would be her fourth Emmy victory after “Grey Gardens” (lead in 2009), “American Horror Story: Murder House” (supporting in 2009) and “American Horror Story: Coven” (lead in 2014). She’s also a two-time Oscar champ for “Tootsie” (supporting in 1982) and “Blue Sky” (lead in 1994). Sarandon is an Oscar winner for “Dead Man Walking” (lead in 1995), but she has yet to prevail at the Emmys despite four prior nominations. She currently has 10/3 odds to win the Best Movie/Mini Actress race for her role as legendary actress Bette Davis.
Gold Derby’s racetrack odds are based on 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.
Next up are a pair of stars from HBO’s “Big Little Lies” who are tied for third place at 7/2 odds apiece: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Both are also Oscar winners (are you noticing a pattern here?), with Witherspoon prevailing for “Walk the Line” (lead in 2005) and Kidman proving victorious for “The Hours” (lead in 2002). They play wealthy mothers and friends Madeline Martha Mackenzie and Celeste Wright, respectively, on the buzzed-about limited series.
“American Crime” Season 3, which is currently airing to critical acclaim, finds Felicity Huffman in fifth place with 5/1 odds. Huffman has already earned two nominations for the ABC anthology program, and she has an Emmy on her mantel for the comedy “Desperate Housewives” (lead in 2005). This season Huffman takes on the role of Jeanette Hesby, who begins to learn the shocking truth behind her family’s wealth.
Tied in fifth place with 5/1 odds is Carrie Coon who stars in the third installment of “Fargo,” premiering April 19 on FX. Not much is known about her character, Chief of Police Gloria Burgle, but Coon has amassed a giant following thanks to her Critics’ Choice-winning role on “The Leftovers,” which should help her garner votes as that show will be airing its final season just as Emmy voting closes.
Following those six contenders in our Best Movie/Mini Actress rankings are Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”) in seventh place with 7/1 odds, Viola Davis (“Custody”) in eighth place with 15/2 odds, Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) in ninth place with 14/1 odds and Bryce Dallas Howard (“Black Mirror”) in 10th place with 16/1 odds.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on July 13. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums.