HBO’s drama “Westworld” won a leading five Emmys at this weekend’s Creative Arts ceremony: Best Visual Effects, Best Hairstyling, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing and Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Heading into the Primetime ceremony on Sunday night, Thandie Newton is expected to join the “Westworld” winners list by claiming the trophy for Best Drama Supporting Actress. In fact, Newton is the Emmy frontrunner with leading 7/5 racetrack odds for her role as a robot named Maeve, a brothel madam who discovers that her entire life is a lie.
After taking home the Critics’ Choice Award last year, can Newton now claim TV’s highest honor? The British thespian’s competitors for Best Drama Supporting Actress are Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) and Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). As a reminder, reigning category winner Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) is no longer eligible because her show went off the air last year.
After years of playing bit parts on TV shows, Metz has found the role of a lifetime as sibling Kate Pearson on NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.” Not only has her performance brought her fan admiration and critical acclaim, but Metz earned her first Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and now has 3/1 odds to win at the Emmys.
Brown is undoubtedly TV’s breakout star of the year thanks to playing Eleven on Netflix’s 1980s-set sci-fi drama. An Emmy victory for Brown (she has 10/3 odds) would make her the youngest recipients in TV history. Can she pull off the unthinkable and prevail? Watch our recent webchat with Brown where she talks about the potential record-breaking accomplishment.
Character actress Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s hit series, is a former SAG contender for “Captain Fantastic” (Best Film Ensemble, 2016) but this is her first Emmy nomination. In fact, she scored two this year thanks to her final appearance on “The Leftovers” as Drama Guest Actress, though she lost to Alexis Bledel. She has 22/1 odds to win for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Aduba has had a unique Emmy history so far for “Orange is the New Black,” winning Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2014, winning Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2015, and then being snubbed in 2016. As Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Abuda continues being one of the standout performers on the popular Netflix dramedy. She has 40/1 odds to win for “Orange is the New Black.”
Another “The Handmaid’s Tale” star finds herself nominated in this race: Wiley, who contends for this Hulu role as Moira, the best friend of Elisabeth Moss‘s Offred. Wiley gets the benefit of appearing both in the present-day dystopian storyline and in happier flashbacks, allowing her to showcase her range. She has 50/1 odds to win for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
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