While the overwhelming majority of Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts from major media outlets predict Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) will win Best Drama Actress, two pundits are going rogue. Both Nikki Novak (Fandango) and Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly) instead believe Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) will ride Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon up to the podium on September 22. It’s the HBO actress’ first lead Emmy nomination after previously receiving three supporting bids (2013, 2015, 2016).
Clarke, who’s just been announced as an Emmy presenter, notably faces off against Oh and Jodie Comer from “Killing Eve,” which has many awards watchers wondering if a vote-split could be on the horizon. If “Killing Eve” fans can’t decide between who to vote for, then a third contender like Clarke could benefit from the lack of consensus and pull off a shocker on Emmy night.
Speaking of Oh, here are the 17 Emmy Experts that have her in their #1 positions to win Best Drama Actress: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (TVGuide.com), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Michael Schneider (Variety), Jazz Tangcay (Awards Daily), Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).
This former five-time Emmy also-ran for “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-09) is finally predicted to win a trophy thanks to her role as MI5 agent Eve Polastri on BBC America’s cat-and-mouse thriller. Oh is also nominated this year for producing “Killing Eve,” hosting the Golden Globes and guest starring on “Saturday Night Live.” As a reminder, Oh lost Best Drama Actress last year to Claire Foy (“The Crown”), who’s no longer eligible.
As for Comer, these four Emmy prognosticators believe she’ll prevail for “Killing Eve” Season 2: Jen Chaney (Vulture), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine). While this is Comer’s inaugural Emmy nomination, she did win the BAFTA TV Award earlier this year when facing off head-to-head against Oh.
Two other Experts — Ed Martin (Media Village) and Mary Murphy (Gold Derby) — think Laura Linney (“Ozark”) will be the one to take advantage of the potential vote-split. Of note, Linney has won Emmy Awards for every role she’s been nominated for: Iris Bravard in “Wild Iris” (2002), Charlotte in “Frasier” (2004), Abigail Adams in “John Adams” (2008) and Cathy Jamison in “The Big C: Hereafter” (2013). Will Wendy Byrde in “Ozark” be next?
Finally, Eric Deggans (NPR) stands alone in forecasting a victory for Mandy Moore‘s popular “This Is Us” role of matriarch Rebecca Pearson. This marks the first career Emmy bid for the pop star after being erroneously snubbed for the first two seasons of NBC’s family drama.
Below, see how all seven Best Drama Actress nominees place in our Experts’ rankings. Do YOU agree or disagree with our Emmy gurus’ predictions? Give us your take down in the comments section.
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) — 5/1 odds
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) — 11/2 odds
Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) — 6/1 odds
Laura Linney (“Ozark”) — 6/1 odds
Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) — 13/2 odds
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) — 13/2 odds
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) — 7/1 odds
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