We live in a golden age of television, and it’s safe to say the “dramas” are more dramatic than ever before. But if you think the leading men in these particular shows are forces to be reckoned with, you give proper due to the leading ladies. Because they are truly something to behold.
The category for best actress in a TV drama is absolutely loaded at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Honestly, it’s anyone’s race. However, according to Vegas oddsmakers, the favorites to take home the prize are as follows.
Odds courtesy of BetOnline as of August 10, 2018.
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (+4000)
This marks the third time Tatiana Maslany has been nominated at the Emmys for best actress in a drama for her role in the sci-fi thriller, Orphan Black. She actually took home the award back in 2016. Maslany is a long shot to win the prize this time around, however, it’s certainly not out of the question.
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld (+2800)
Westword is easily one of the premier shows on television, and Evan Rachel Wood is an absolute force as the badass, revolt-leading host, “Dolores.” Wood’s now been nominated two years in a row for this particular role. If the competition wasn’t so stiff in 2018, she very well might be the frontrunner.
Keri Russell, The Americans (+700)
Those who watched FX’s The Americans swear by it. In fact, there are many who believe it’s the best show that no one actually watched. And that’s a shame because from what we hear (full disclosure: we are among those who never watched it…oops –) Keri Russell is sensational. Don’t be shocked if she pulls an upset at the 2018 Emmys.
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (+600)
We might have passed on The Americans, but we did check out Killing Eve. Boy, are we glad we did, as this BBC drama — bordering on a dark comedy — is among the most captivating shows we’ve seen in quite some time. And Sandra Oh, who became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama, shines as “Eve,” an MI5 officer, obsessed with capturing an elusive assassin. We’d be thrilled if she won the award.
Claire Foy, The Crown (+400)
Claire Foy as yet to win an Emmy for her role as “Queen Elizabeth II” in Netflix’s The Crown — she’s now been nominated twice — but she did win the Golden Globe back in 2017. Maybe 2018 is her year to be “crowned.” Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (+225)
Honestly, we’re surprised Elisabeth Moss isn’t more of a favorite. Not only did she take home this honor last year, but she continues to shine as “Offred/June” in Hulu’s disturbing dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale. This award is Moss’ to lose.
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