King had been sitting in seventh place in our predictions for weeks, but has now moved into the sixth position with 16/1 odds, bumping out Ruth Wilson (“Mrs. Wilson”). She trails her TV mom Patricia Arquette, who’s competing here for “Escape at Dannemora,” Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”), Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”), Emma Stone (“Maniac”) and Connie Britton (“Dirty John”).
King’s rise in our odds has been a slow burn. When our predictions center launched February, where she was in 11th out of 14 places. By the premiere of “The Act” on March 20, she had only inched up to 10th. But her remarkable breakthrough turn as Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a role of tremendous physicality and modulation, quickly wowed viewers and critics alike. Still, it’s not easy for a young starlet like King, who turns 20 in July, to go up against so many heavyweights in this category.
Helping her, though, is the apparent popularity of “The Act.” According to Hulu, the true-crime series set a subscribers-to-series record for the streaming service. That means more people watched “The Act” within the first 24 hours of joining Hulu than any other Hulu original in the first month. If lots of those are Emmy voters, then watch out.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.