Rami Malek was a quick hit at the Emmys. Last year he won Best Drama Actor on his first try for his role as a mentally ill hacker in “Mr. Robot.” The breakthrough star defeated veteran Emmy contenders Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), as well as overdue Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) who was also on his first nomination. So can Malek do it again? Yes, according to to of our very best users.
In our predictions contest for last year’s Emmy nominations, three users tied with a high score of 76% accuracy: Perfectly Weird, dsps84, and unbb24. Now two of them are predicting a repeat win for Malek: dsps84 and unbb24. They certainly know their Emmys since they got the best scores out of more than 1,800 users who predicted the 2016 nominations, so it may be wise to heed their wisdom. Malek was one of the category’s youngest winners when he prevailed last year at the age of 35. As we know, Emmy voters love reruns in this category so Malek would be the ninth repeat champion.
Those three high-scoring users not only led our predictions contest last year, they earned a spot in our Top 24 Users league, made up of 2016’s two dozen smartest users. Half of them (12 out of 24) are forecasting a repeat victory for Malek, which runs in opposition to our Experts, who think Sterling K. Brown will win for “This is Us.” Brown plays breakout character Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit family drama, who as a baby was adopted by his white family. “This Is Us” doesn’t shy away from the racial storyline, particularly in flashbacks when his parents, played by Emmy contenders Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, are raising younger versions of Randall. Brown just took home an Emmy last year for the limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” so will he now win a bookend trophy?
Also a strong threat according to Experts and Top 24 Users alike is Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”). Though he lost both of his previous nominations for “Saul,” Odenkirk did win a pair of Best Variety Writing trophies for “Saturday Night Live” (1989) and “The Ben Stiller Show” (1993).
So who has the right idea? Will Malek repeat, or will Brown or Odenkirk win for the first time in this category?
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