“House of Cards” star Robin Wright is now a four-time Emmy nominee without any wins. However, our experts drawn from major media outlets think Wright finally has the votes she needs to take the podium on Emmy night. They give her leading 27/20 odds to prevail, just ahead of last year’s Best Drama Actress champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”). Do you agree with our experts’ predictions?
Wright, who arguably had her best season yet on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has the backing of eight expert journalists who’ve piped in with their early Emmy predictions: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).
Davis may be a two-time Oscar also-ran for “Doubt” (2008) and “The Help” (2011), but she’s got an Emmy and four SAG Awards to keep her company. This reigning champ has the support of four of our 14 experts: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). This puts her in second place with 2/1 odds to win.
Meanwhile, Eric Deggans (NPR) goes out on a limb for first-time nominee Keri Russell, whose FX drama “The Americans” finally earned Emmy acclaim after four long years on the air. She earns third-place odds of 9/2 to win her first Emmy Award.
And Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) thinks that Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), a two-time winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards (2013-14), will take home Emmy number-one on her second try at bat. But since the other experts all have her so low in their rankings, Maslany gets last-place odds of 33/1.
“Homeland” star Claire Danes shouldn’t be ruled out. She is an Emmy darling who won for “Temple Grandin” in 2010 as well as “Homeland” in both 2012 and 2013. Since her Showtime program is back in contention for Best Drama Series for the fourth time in five years, it’s clear voters are still watching. The experts give her 11/1 odds to win.
And then there’s Cookie herself, Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”). At 12/1 odds, Henson is the reigning Golden Globe champ in this category whose show is one of the most watched and buzziest dramas on all of television. Admit it: you kinda want to see what Henson will do if she wins on Emmy night.
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