Of the eight regular acting categories at the Emmys, we’ll get new winners in three of them in September, as comedy lead champs Bill Hader (“Barry”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), and drama supporting actor winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) are all out of the running (or specifically in the latter two cases, gone for good). So which of the remaining five categories is most likely to see a repeat champ?
Dinklage notwithstanding, the drama categories went to first-time nominees last year: Billy Porter (Best Drama Actor, “Pose”) and Jodie Comer (Best Drama Actress, “Killing Eve”) and Julia Garner (Best Drama Supporting Actress, “Ozark”). Porter, the first openly gay black man to win drama actor, was predicted to prevail, but he might have a tougher time getting to the stage this year if our odds are correct. Currently in fifth place, he trails Golden Globe champ Brian Cox (“Succession”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Jeremy Strong (“Succession”); Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) is in sixth. What’s more, “Pose,” which received a drama series bid last year, is in 10th place at the moment in a far more crowded field this year with the return of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld,” “Stranger Things” and “Big Little Lies,” on top of new contenders like “The Morning Show.” And then there’s that weird drama actor trend of first-year or final-year shows winning, but to be fair, none of the top six fit that mold.
SEE ‘Killing Eve’s’ Jodie Comer could join this killer group of back-to-back drama actress Emmy winners
Comer upset her co-star Sandra Oh to take home Best Drama Actress honors, but she’s currently in fourth place behind the heavy-hitting trifecta of Globe champ Olivia Colman (“The Crown”), four-time Emmy winner Laura Linney fresh off her best season of “Ozark” yet, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”). Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) are in fifth and sixth, respectively. Like Porter, Comer’s show also isn’t expected to return to the drama series lineup, sitting in ninth place, but Comer has gotten some great material this season, including a Villanelle showcase hour in the fifth episode.
Garner is the best positioned of the drama trio, in second place behind “The Crown’s” Helena Bonham Carter. “Ozark” has always been an industry favorite — it also shockingly won directing last year for Jason Bateman — but it’s expected to do even better this time around with its well-received third season, in which Garner continues to be a scene-stealer. But she may have some company from co-star Janet McTeer, who’s in sixth place and could cause a vote-split. “Big Little Lies'” Meryl Streep and Laura Dern are in third and fourth, respectively, and former champ Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) is in fifth.
SEE Tony Shalhoub is in a ‘Marvelous’ position to squelch this 12-year Emmy drought
But it’s in the comedy supporting races where it looks like those repeats will probably occur. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub are both in first place in their respective races. Aiming for a three-peat, Borstein is ahead of Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), co-star Jane Lynch, Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”), co-star Marin Hinkle and Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”). Hinkle was nominated last year and Lynch won in guest, so can Borstein take down two co-stars this time?
Shalhoub is going for his second straight win and leads Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”), Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”), Brown (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) and Louie Anderson (“Baskets”). He also has his second consecutive SAG Award win under his belt, and while Borstein did not take home an individual SAG, she still made the single lineup as a supporting player, and “Maisel” upset “Fleabag” in comedy ensemble to even Borstein’s shock.
PREDICT the 2020 Emmy nominees now; change through July 28
Be sure to make your Emmy nominations predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before the nominees are announced on July 28. And join in the thrilling debate over the Emmy Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.
SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s newsletter with experts’ latest predictions