Darren Criss is the likeliest Ryan Murphy star to win an Emmy, readers proclaim

Ryan Murphy garnered eight Emmy nominations for the stars of his anthology series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “American Horror Story: Cult.” Not all of them will win, especially since many of them are against each other, but Murphy is likeliest to be thanked by Darren Criss, according to 66 percent of our readers.

This result is hardly a surprise since the “Versace” star has been leading our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor odds all season for his unnerving performance as serial killer Andrew Cunanan. A previous nominee for songwriting on another Murphy show, “Glee,” Criss, 31, would have to overcome age bias to become the second youngest winner in the category.

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Murphy’s longtime muse Sarah Paulson grabbed 13 percent of the vote. After missing for “American Horror Story: Roanoke” last year, Paulson received a lead nomination for “Cult,” but sits in fifth place, a far cry from when she was a mortal lock in 2016 for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

“Versace” stars and supporting actress rivals Penelope Cruz and Judith Light follow with 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. They continue to hold down the top two spots in our predictions as well. Neither has won an Emmy, but Light has three previous nominations while Oscar champ Cruz is on her first. “Cult” star Adina Porter, who got 2 percent, is also in their category, down in sixth place.

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The three supporting actor contenders of “Versace” are tightly bunched up: Ricky Martin earned 3 percent, while Edgar Ramirez and Finn Wittrock both received 1 percent. Our odds have Ramirez in second place, behind Jeff Daniels (“Godless”), and Martin and Wittrock in fifth and sixth, respectively. The last time Murphy produced three nominees in this category was 2016, when Sterling K. Brown beat his “O.J.” co-stars David Schwimmer and John Travolta. Brown, however, was the series’ breakout performer, and unfortunately the same can’t really be said of the “Versace” men here.

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