Bryan Cranston has had a very good decade. After winning six Emmy Awards for “Breaking Bad” (four acting, two producing) and a Tony in 2014 for playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way,” he began this year with an Oscar nomination for “Trumbo.” Now, according to our Emmy experts, it looks like Cranston is en route to winning Emmy #7 for the HBO adaptation of “All the Way.” If anyone can stop him in the Best Movie/Mini Actor race it will be another Tony champ, Courtney B. Vance (“The Lucky Guy”), who is poised to earn his first Emmy nomination for his portrayal of attorney Johnnie Cochran in the FX limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Cranston, who currently enjoys leading 3/2 odds to win, has the support of 12 experts: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Don Kaplan (NY Daily News), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo).
Meanwhile, Vance has 11/5 odds, with seven experts predicting him to prevail: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
The lone holdout among our 20 experts is Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), who goes out on a limb for Anthony Hopkins (“The Dresser”) to win the Best Movie/Mini Actor race. See racetrack odds in all top Emmy races.
While 13 experts predict that Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) will reap a nomination, none currently forecast he’ll be giving an acceptance speech for the AMC program. Similarly, recent double SAG winner Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation” and “Luther”) has been nominated thrice for BBC’s “Luther” at the Emmys (2011, 2012, 2014), but our experts still don’t think he’ll win.
Oscar Isaac had a breakout year thanks to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and HBO’s “Show Me a Hero,” for which he just won the Golden Globe. One of the men he beat at the Globes was FX’s Patrick Wilson (“Fargo”), who could win his first Emmy following a 2004 loss for “Angels in America.”
Benedict Cumberbatch shocked awards watchers in 2013 when he won for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” Can he stage another Emmy coup for the new “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” telefilm? Hopkins’ co-star in “The Dresser,” Ian McKellen, is also a serious contender, as is Vance’s co-star Cuba Gooding Jr.
Below, see current odds for the Top 10 set by the experts’ picks. Make your predictions right here and compete against these experts and your friends.
BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR – Odds to win
1.) Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”) – 3/2
2.) Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) – 11/5
3.) Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) – 7/2
4.) Idris Elba (“Luther”) – 4/1
5.) Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero”) – 9/2
6.) Patrick Wilson (“Fargo”) – 6/1
7.) Anthony Hopkins (“The Dresser”) – 13/2
8.) Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”) – 7/1
9.) Ian McKellen (“The Dresser”) – 15/2
10.) Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) – 10/1
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