Updated 2018 Emmy Betting Odds: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Favored Over ‘Game of Thrones’

Sep 17, 2018 3:30 PM EDT
  • The Handmaid's Tale (-400) is a big betting favorite over Game of Thrones (+325) to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
  • Donald Glover (pictured above) is -600 to take down his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • Elisabeth Moss has moved to -600 odds to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She was -290 in late July.

The Emmys are tonight, so if you’re not impressed with the Seahawks-Bears Monday Night Football game, tune on over to NBC at 8 p.m. ET and throw some popcorn in the microwave.

Here are the current odds for several of the most popular Emmy categories.

All odds as of September 17. Updated with odds from BetOnline.

Example of payouts: A $100 bet on +300 odds would profit $300; a $250 bet on -250 odds would profit $100.


Outstanding Drama Series

Last year, Hulu shocked the world by sweeping several important awards with its popular drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The show won Outstanding Drama Series, while Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd took home awards for most outstanding lead actress and supporting actress in a drama, respectively. MyBookie opened odds here with “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a huge favorite to defend its spot as the most outstanding drama series, and things haven’t budged. The ever-popular “Game of Thrones” has the second-best odds at +325.


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Outstanding Comedy Series

HBO’s hilarious comedy “Veep” won’t premiere its seventh and final season until 2019, which has opened the door for a new winner this year. (“Veep” had won each of the previous three awards.) MyBookie has pegged Donald Glover‘s “Atlanta” as the favorite (-220), and the current odds at BetOnline are right in line with that. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which debuted in 2017 on Amazon, comes in at +160 currently.


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Glover — who plays Earn Marks, the lead character of “Atlanta” — is the current favorite to defend his award of most outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. He opened at -275 at BetOnline but has since been bet up all the way to -600. Bill Hader of “Barry” is in second at +300, and no other actor is below +2000 to take home the award.


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

This award features another 2017 winner as the 2018 favorite: Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall Pearson in the popular drama “This Is Us.” Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), who has somehow never won the award, is second with +175 odds. In fourth place currently is another “This Is Us” actor in Milo Ventimiglia at +1400.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

This category features one of the largest favorites on the board in Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Midge Maisel in the acclaimed Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Tracee Ellis Ross of “Black-ish” and Allison Janney of “Mom” are the two other candidates below +1500 on BetOnline. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the award each of the past six years, is not nominated because “Veep” is not coming back until 2019.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss won this award last year for her performance as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and she opened as the sizable favorite at -290 to win again. She’s now up to -600. Claire Foy of “The Crown,” Netflix’s drama about Queen Elizabeth II, has dropped from the second-best odds to fourth. Tatiana Maslany, who took home the award in 2016 for her work in “Orphan Black,” has the longest odds at +5000.


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kellyanne Conway Kate McKinnon is the current favorite in this category at -110 odds for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” The show also boasts two other candidates in Leslie Jones and Aidy Bryant. McKinnon has won the award each of the past two years. Laurie Metcalf of “Roseanne” will be up for the award despite the recent cancellation of the show.


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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Henry Winkler, who plays Gene Cousineau on HBO’s “Barry,” is the current favorite to win this award at -175 on BetOnline. The past two winners, Alec Baldwin, who won last year for his portrayal of President Trump, and Louie Anderson of “Baskets” aren’t even in the top four in terms of current odds.


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

David Harbour of “Stranger Things” and Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” opened at almost identical odds — +130 and +160, respectively. Harbour has since moved to -150 at BetOnline. Dinklage has won the award twice (2011 and 2015), while Harbour will be seeking his first Emmy. Dinklage’s on-screen brother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, is a big underdog at +2800.


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This award features three actresses from “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Ann Dowd (+125), Yvonne Strahovski (+150) and Alexis Bledel (+2500). Dowd took home the award last year. At +1000 is another Lannister in Lena Headey (Cersei) from “Game of Thrones.”


Outstanding Limited Series

This category has historically featured some big hitters, notably Season 1 of “Big Little Lies” last year and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” in 2016. This year features one of the biggest favorites in the betting market with a new edition of the American Crime Story series in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” It is currently a massive -1800 favorite on BetOnline, and only one other limited series is even below +1000.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

The immortal Laura Dern is currently a large -600 favorite on BetOnline to take home this award a year after winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work in “Big Little Lies.” She’s nominated this year for her performance in another HBO series in “The Tale.” Jessica Biel is second in the betting market with +450 odds for her work in “The Sinner.”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Last year’s nominees included huge names such as Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, but it was Riz Ahmed for his work in HBO’s “The Night Of” who took home the award. This year, Darren Criss is the betting market favorite at -300 to win for his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Cumberbatch is nominated yet again, this time for his work in Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose.”


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Last year, Laura Dern managed to unseat 2015 and 2016 winner Regina King, who had taken it back-to-back for her work in “American Crime.” Neither is among the nominees for the award this year, and the two current favorites, Penelope Cruz and Judith Light, both star in the critically acclaimed “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which should pick up many awards tonight.


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Although three actors from “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” are nominated for this award — and Sterling K. Brown won it in 2016 for his portrayal of Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — Jeff Daniels opened as a massive -650 favorite on BetOnline to take it home for his work in Netflix’s “Godless.”


Outstanding Television Movie

Last year, “Black Mirror” won the award for its “San Junipero” episode of series three. (Yes, an episode of a series can qualify as a TV movie, apparently.) This year, the first episode of the fourth series, “USS Callister,” opened as a -300 favorite on BetOnline to take home the award. HBO’s “The Tale” opened as a short dog at +150.


Outstanding Reality Competition Program

NBC’s “The Voice” has won this award each of the past three years, but it opened as a large +700 dog in 2018. This prop is currently off the board at BetOnline, but the opening favorite at massive -1200 odds was VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” in which celebrity RuPaul searches for “America’s next drag superstar.” Other popular shows such as “The Amazing Race” and “Top Chef” were all +2000 or lower to win.


Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

The second-biggest favorite in the betting market, the infamous “Saturday Night Live” opened at -1400 to win this award. This category has existed only since 2015; the winners since its inception have been “Inside Amy Schumer” (2015), “Key & Peele” (2016) and SNL (2017). IFC’s “Portlandia” boasted the second-best odds (+1250) on BetOnline, but this one looks like a wrap.


Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Another award that has existed only since 2015, previous winners have been “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2015) and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (2016 and 2017). John Oliver is currently a massive -800 favorite to win the award for the third straight year, with Stephen Colbert in second with +700 odds.

Credit:

Sep 17, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Donald Glover accepts the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on Atlanta during the 69th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

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