Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) pulled off two of the best Emmy victories in recent history in 2016, taking home Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Actress, respectively. Neither was back in the fray last year — Maslany because she was ineligible and Malek, who was eligible, was dropped. They both could make a return trip this year, but which one is more likely to happen?
After a win for Malek and writing and Best Drama Series nominations for Season 1, “Mr. Robot” took a downturn in Season 2, receiving just three nominations, versus six the previous year, and none in the major categories. Season 2 was less well received than “Mr. Robot”’s inaugural outing and Season 3, which is eligible this year, and the show could recover, as we’ve seen series and performers do time and time again. Malek has gotten consistent raves for his performance, but this year was also the first time he failed to get Golden Globe or SAG nominations, so maybe everyone is ready to move on from “Mr. Robot.” He’s currently in 11th place in our odds.
On the other end, Maslany was MIA last year because the fifth and final season of “Orphan Black” premiered 10 days after the Emmy eligibility period, so she very well could’ve netted her third straight nomination had it been eligible. Now she’s got to hope it’s not “out of sight, out of mind” for Emmy voters, since a whole year will have passed since she last played Sarah and her clones. And it’s not like “Orphan Black” is “Breaking Bad,” which cleaned up at the Emmys a year after its series finale; the BBC America show has only ever received two Emmy nominations, both for Maslany. She is the literal face(s) of the show and is a true passion pick. Our odds have her just outside the lineup in eighth place.
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