Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts from major media outlets are nearly unanimous that Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will win her second consecutive trophy for Best Drama Actress. While 10 Experts pick Moss to repeat, two of them — Eric Deggans (NPR) and Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo) — instead forecast an upset by Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”). The last of our 13 pundits is Ben Travers (Indiewire), who goes rogue in predicting Keri Russell will win her first Emmy for her last season of “The Americans.”
The 10 Experts backing Moss are: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). Moss plays June/Offred on the Hulu hit, a woman who lives as a concubine for the rich and powerful in a dystopian future based on “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel by Margaret Atwood.
BBC America’s “Killing Eve” marks the sixth career Emmy nomination for Oh after earning five consecutive bids for “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-09). She portrays MI5 officer Eve Polastri who’s hot on the trail of international assassin Villanelle/Oksana Astankova (Jodie Comer).
Russell has long been a TV favorite thanks to her breakout role on “Felicity,” which earned her a Golden Globe in 1999 but never made waves at the Emmys. She is now on her third bid for FX’s “The Americans” (2016-18) for playing Russian spy Elizabeth Jennings.
When our Experts’ predictions are combined together, Moss earns leading 2/5 racetrack odds with Oh at 5/1 odds and Russell at 11/1 odds. Following those three frontrunners, there’s a big drop-off on our chart for the other nominees: Claire Foy (“The Crown”) at 50/1 odds, Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) at 80/1 odds and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) at 100/1 odds.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 17. Be sure to also predict winners for the Creative Arts ceremonies slated for September 8 and 9. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.