If anyone can stop Emmy Awards fave Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”) from winning the Best Movie/Mini Actor race, our experts drawn from major media outlets say it’ll be Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”). This Emmy rookie earned his first career bid this year for his portrayal of attorney Johnnie Cochran in the FX limited series and now has leading 27/20 odds to win.
Eight expert journalists who’ve piped in with their early Emmy predictions think Vance will upset Cranston. They are: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
After winning six Emmys for “Breaking Bad” (four acting, two producing) and a Tony in 2014 for playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston is en route to winning Emmy number-seven for the HBO adaptation of that play. He’s close behind Vance in second place with 13/8 odds and five experts backing him: Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).
Also watch out for Benedict Cumberbatch, who comes in third place with 8/1 odds. Remember, he shocked Emmy watchers in 2014 when he won this race for “Sherlock: His Last Vow” over “Fargo” frontrunners Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Can he stage another Emmy coup with “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” which nabbed six nominations?
Recent double SAG winner Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation” and “Luther”) has been nominated four times now for BBC’s “Luther” at the Emmys (2011, 2012, 2014 and this year). Thanks to his much-publicized Oscar snub for “Beasts of No Nation,” perhaps his time has finally come in the Emmy spotlight. Our Emmy experts give him 16/1 odds to win.
Rounding out the list, Vance’s co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. (33/1 odds) could earn an Emmy to accompany his 1996 Oscar for “Jerry Maguire.” And tabloid headliner Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”), who earned his first career nomination this year for the AMC spy thriller, trails with 40/1 odds.
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