Jon Snow knows nothing, but our readers know Kit Harington will have a better shot of getting a lead Emmy nomination this year than his “Game of Thrones” co-star Emilia Clarke. Both are entering in lead for the first time, but 52 percent think Harington is more likely to make the cut than his onscreen aunt.
Harington is still in seventh place in our Best Drama Actor odds, one spot out of the final six. Last year’s field had seven nominees because of a tie, so, at the moment, he’d need to hope for one again. The actor broke through with his first nomination in 2016 in the supporting race, which is ironically more open now with a number of ineligible people from last year and “Westworld” stars Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris also moving to lead. Wright, however, is in eighth place, with Harris in 13th.
Defending champ Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) still tops the rankings, followed by past nominees Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). Freshman faces and Golden Globe nominees Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) and Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) are also forecasted to make the top six.
Clarke finds herself upgrading to a very tough Best Drama Actress showdown and like Harington is also in seventh place in our odds. A three-time nominee in supporting, Clarke is trailing reigning champ Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), past nominees Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), “This Is Us” matriarch Mandy Moore, and four-time Emmy winner Laura Linney (“Ozark”).
Clarke also has Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) nipping at her heels. A five-time nominee for “Grey’s Anatomy,” Oh has slowly worked her way up our rankings as the buzz for “Killing Eve” grew throughout the first season. With the love for the show and Oh’s performance, and her Emmy resume, she’s precisely the type of “new” nominee who could disrupt a lineup.
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