As usual, this year’s Emmy Awards winners will be a mix of old (cough, “Game of Thrones”) and new, especially when it comes to the drama categories that’ll be presented Sunday, September 22. In the “new” category, Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions of our Experts, Editors and Users, forecast two first-time wins for “Killing Eve”: Sandra Oh for Best Drama Actress and Emerald Fennell for Best Drama Writing.
BBC America’s cat-and-mouse drama was nominated for two Emmys for its first season, but exploded this year with a whopping nine nominations including Best Drama Series. Unfortunately, our odds-makers favor “Game of Thrones” to win that top race, but “Killing Eve” does come in second place on our winner’s chart. The other five series nominees are “Ozark,” “Better Call Saul,” “Pose,” “Succession,” “This Is Us” and “Bodyguard.”
In the lead actress category, Oh notably faces off against her costar Jodie Comer. Despite the potential vote-split, the vast majority of our predictors still believe Oh will walk up to the podium on Emmy night after previously losing five acting awards for “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-09). Joining Oh and Comer are fellow Best Drama Actress nominees Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) and Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”).
As for the writing race, Season 2’s head writer Fennell leads our odds for the second episode, “Nice and Neat.” Fennell took over writing duties this year from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was recognized last year in the Best Drama Writing category for penning the series premiere. This year’s other writing nominees are Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz (“Better Call Saul”), Jed Mercurio (“Bodyguard”), David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (“Game of Thrones”), Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Jesse Armstrong (“Succession”).
Also during Sunday’s Primetime ceremony, “Killing Eve” contends in Best Drama Supporting Actress, where Fiona Shaw is predicted to lose to Julia Garner (“Ozark”), and Best Drama Directing, where Lisa Bruhlmann is forecasted to miss out to Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”).
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