After multiple losses for Bob Odenirk and Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), will they finally triumph at the 2017 Emmys? The actors originated their popular roles of Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” and then continued their stories on spinoff series “Better Call Saul” beginning in 2015. But despite multiple Emmy nominations, Odenkirk and Banks have yet to win for these roles. Vote in our poll below to let us know if you think one, or both, will finally prevail this year.
Best Drama Actor nominee Odenkirk and Best Drama Supporting Actor contender Banks have been nominated three times apiece now for “Better Call Saul” (with Banks also earning actings bids for “Breaking Bad” in 2013 and “Wiseguy” in 1989). While neither man has won for acting, Odenkirk does have a pair of Best Variety Writing trophies on his mantel for “Saturday Night Live” (1989) and “The Ben Stiller Show” (1993).
Despite their mixed history with the Emmys, Odenkirk and Banks are beloved by television critics. Both won trophies at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2015, while Odenkirk scored a follow-up victory in 2016. Odenkirk also has a pair of Golden Globe nominations under his belt (2016-2017), though it’s important to remember that the Globes didn’t reward parent series “Breaking Bad” until its final year on the air, so there’s still time for them to warm up to “Better Call Saul.”
According to our Emmy experts from major media outlets, Odenkirk has a great shot of winning Best Drama Actor this year. Four of our 16 experts predict he will win: Adnan Virk (ESPN), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Joyce Eng (TVGuide.com) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby). However, a leading 11 Emmy journalists are banking on a victory for Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), with one more picking Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”).
As for the Best Drama Supporting Actor race, our experts believe that John Lithgow will prevail for playing Winston Churchill on “The Crown.” Fourteen pundits predict Lithgow, with the other two going out on a limb for Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”). However, don’t count out Banks just yet. The overdue factor for this TV veteran (five nominations, zero wins) could help push him over the edge.
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