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18 Emmy Experts Give 'Game of Thrones' 2-to-5 Odds to Win Best Drama Series

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At this Sunday's Emmy Awards, "Game of Thrones" has 2-to-5 odds to rule as Best Drama Series for a second consecutive year, according to 18 experts who make predictions at Penske Media's – the pioneering online destination where experts can predict who will win the Emmys, Oscars and other top industry awards.

The tightest race is over Best Drama Actress with Robin Wright ("House of Cards") having 11-to-8 odds over last year's champ Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") with 17-to-10 odds. Eight experts pick Wright to prevail for the first time: Michael Ausiello (TV Line), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Anne Thompson (Indiewire).

Two experts pick "The Americans" star Keri Russell (15 to 2 odds): Eric Deggans (NPR) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). One opts for "Orphan Back" star Tatiana Maslany (14 to 1): Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes).

"There is almost as much drama in the race for Best Drama Actor," says Gold Derby editor and founder Tom O'Neil. "Like Robin Wright, her costar Kevin Spacey has never won an Emmy, but now he has decent odds to break through: 7 to 2. However, 'Mr. Robot' star Rami Malek leads with 8-to-11 odds."

Gold Derby pools experts' predictions for Emmys, Oscars, Grammys and other top entertainment awards and invites fans to compete against them to win prizes and points. A "racetrack" to awards season, the site creates a social network and community that draws loyal users to participate year-round. Site users also predict popular reality TV shows, including "Dancing with the Stars," "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

Below are the Experts' latest odds in top Emmy categories. See more:

See how the experts rank Emmy nominees in each race according to likelihood of winning:


1.) "Game of Thrones" - 2/5

2.) "The Americans" - 7/2

3.) "Mr. Robot" - 40/1

4.) "Downton Abbey" - 66/1

5.) "House of Cards" - 80/1 

6.) "Better Call Saul" - 80/1 

7.) "Homeland" - 80/1


1.) Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot" - 8/11 

2.) Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" - 7/2 

3.) Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul" - 15/2 

4.) Kyle Chandler, "Bloodline" - 14/1 

5.) Matthew Rhys, "The Americans" - 50/1 

6.) Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan" - 100/1


1.) Robin Wright, "House of Cards" - 11/8

2.) Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder" - 17/10

3.) Keri Russell, "The Americans" - 15/2

4.) Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black" - 14/1

5.) Claire Danes, "Homeland" - 66/1

6.) Taraji P. Henson, "Empire" - 80/1


1.) "Veep"- 2/11

2.) "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" - 14/1 

3.) "Transparent" - 40/1

4.) "Black-ish" - 50/1

5.) "Silicon Valley" - 66/1

6.) "Master of None" - 80/1

7.) "Modern Family" - 80/1


1.) Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent" - 2/5

2.) Anthony Anderson," Black-ish" - 5/1

3.) Aziz Ansari, 'Master of None," 12/1

4.) Will Forte, "The Last Man on Earth" - 80/1

5.) Thomas Middleditch, "Silicon Valley" - 80/1

6.) William H. Macy, "Shameless," 80/1


1.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" - 2/13

2.) Laurie Metcalf, "Getting On" - 14/1

3.) Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer" - 50/1

4.) Ellie Kemper, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" - 50/1

5.) Tracee Ellis Ross, "Black-ish" - 50/1

6.) Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie" - 66/1


1.) "The People v. O.J. Simpson" - 1/10

2.) "Fargo" - 33/1

3.) "American Crime" - 50/1

4.) "The Night Manager" - 66/1 

5.) "Roots" - 80/1


1.) "All the Way" - 2/13

2.) "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" - 14/1

3.) "Confirmation" - 40/1

4.) "Luther" - 50/1

5.) "A Very Murray Christmas" - 100/1


1.) Courtney B. Vance, "The People v. O.J. Simpson" - 1/2

2.) Bryan Cranston, "All the Way" - 13/5

3.) Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride" - 66/1

4.) Idris Elba, "Luther" - 66/1

5.) Tom Hiddleston, "The Night Manager" - 66/1

6.) Cuba Gooding Jr., "The People v. O.J. Simpson" - 80/1


1.) Sarah Paulson, "The People v. O.J. Simpson" - 1/10

2.) Kirsten Dunst, "Fargo - 40/1

3.) Kerry Washington, "Confirmation" - 50/1

4.) Lili Taylor, "American Crime" - 66/1

5.) Felicity Huffman, "American Crime" - 66/1

6.) Audra McDonald, "Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill" - 80/1

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About Gold Derby

Hollywood's original awards site was launched in 2000 by leading awards expert Tom O'Neil, author of "Movie Awards," "The Emmys" and "The Grammys" (Penguin Putnam Books). Gold Derby famously presents four sets of Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and other predictions for comparison and analysis: Experts (journalists from Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, etc.); Gold Derby's Editors; Top 24 Users (who scored best predicting the same awards last year); and all site Users. The predictions are listed in numerous charts, then aggregated into racetrack odds and percentages that are applied by site users to wager points. Gold Derby thus operates as a true racetrack – for entertainment gaming purposes only. Join the races today at and follow the latest updates at @GoldDerby on Twitter. 


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