Everyone wants to win an MVP award. We’re not just talking about athletes. And with the release of the nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards, we now know which members of the entertainment industry — in this case, the best TV has to offer — will be duking it out for their respective trophies.
There are always a lot of categories to dissect with the Emmys. But don’t worry, Vegas oddsmakers never skimp on their responsibilities. In this particular case, let’s examine the odds for the individuals up for Best Actor in a Drama.
Odds courtesy of BetOnline as of July 20, 2018.
Ed Harris, Westworld (+1800)
As “William” or the “Man in Black” in Westworld, Ed Harris is ruthless, brutal, and obsessed with uncovering the deeper meaning of the park. This is a man you don’t want to cross, and Harris, with his nuanced performance, plays this role to perfection. The veteran actor is a dark horse in this particular competition, but he’s definitely worthy of the nomination.
Jason Bateman, Ozark (+2500)
“Comedic Jason Bateman” is always fun. “Serious Jason Bateman, playing a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel, forced to relocate from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks in order to protect his family and pay off life-threatening debt,” well, that’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you don’t check out Ozark, you’re missing out.
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (+2200)
If you’re in need of a good cry, just turn on This Is Us. Something tells us you won’t be able to watch Ventimiglia’s “Jack” without bawling your eyes out. It would be considered an upset if Ventimiglia won the award, but it wouldn’t exactly surprise us.
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (+650)
The best way to describe Jeffrey Wright’s performance in Westworld is mesmerizing. As “Bernard,” Wright portrays a character that is brilliant and conflicted; one who slowly realizes that he’s really never been in control. Seriously, we have no idea know how he does it.
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (+400)
If we’re being completely truthful, we’ve never actually watched The Americans. However, from what we hear, this show is absolutely fantastic. And as a Russian spy posing as one half of a married American couple during the Cold War, Rhys continued to bring the goods season after season. Now that the show has officially finished its run, perhaps he’ll finally get the recognition he deserves.
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (-350)
After winning last year, Sterling K. Brown is the odds-on favorite to win the 2018 Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama. And honestly, considering what he brings to the table as “Randall Pearson” in This Is Us, it’s hard to argue. This award is Brown’s to lose.
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