Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Movie/Mini Actor: Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Ruffalo …?

The Emmy race for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor is more crowded than ever thanks to a surge in longform programming in the last year. The field includes several past Emmy-nominees as well as a few previous Oscar contenders, whom the TV academy loves to honor when they move to the small screen (recent winners of this race include Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, and Al Pacino). Will the movie stars continue to dominate?

After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.

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Our Experts, Editors, and Users expect this category to be won by another Oscar-champ: Billy Bob Thornton, who won film’s top honor for penning “Sling Blade” (1996), gets field-leading 23/10 odds for his role as a charming sociopath in FX’s “Fargo.” (Click here for our complete odds.)

Right behind him is one-time Oscar-nominee Mark Ruffalo, who plays crusading AIDS activist Ned Weeks in HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” a role that earned Joe Mantello a Tony-nomination for the 2011 rialto revival. He gets 10/3 odds.

Benedict Cumberbatch competes again for his role as a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes, this time in “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” the third episode of the mystery series’s third season. He was previously nominated for the role in 2012 for “A Scandal in Belgravia” and earned another bid last year for the period romance “Parade’s End.” He gets 13/2 odds.

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Cumberbatch’s Emmy-nominated “Sherlock” co-star Martin Freeman might be a rival this year as well, thanks to his role as a mild-mannered insurance salesman-turned-villain in “Fargo.” He gets 10/1 odds.

Also getting 10/1 odds is Chiwetel Ejiofor, fresh off his Best Actor Oscar bid for “12 Years a Slave.” He plays a jazz musician in 1930s London in the Starz miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.”

Idris Elba is a three-time Emmy nominee. Two of those bids came in this category for playing the ruthless title detective in BBC America’s “Luther.” With 16/1 odds, he’s likely to pick up a third nod for the role.

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As a father grieving the loss of his unborn child in “Return to Zero,” Paul Adelstein gets 50/1 odds.

A pair of veteran Oscar-winners could also surprise, though they both get 100/1 odds: Christopher Plummer in “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and Jeremy Irons in “The Hollow Crown.”

Just three years ago, Greg Kinnear earned a nomination for playing John F. Kennedy in “The Kennedys,” and now Rob Lowe, a previous Emmy nominee for “The West Wing,” might do the same for the National Geographic docudrama “Killing Kennedy,” but he’s also a 100/1 underdog.

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Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Movie/Mini Actor.

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