73rd Primetime Emmy Awards Odds: Favorites in Key Categories

The 73rd Emmy Awards are less than a month away, and Emmy Awards betting odds are next up on the entertainment betting calendar. With the nominees announced, here's a look at Emmy Awards odds for a selection of major categories.

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2021 6:10 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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Betting on Emmy Awards odds is now live for primetime TV's biggest celebration on Sunday, September 19. HBO leads the way with 130 nominations, barely edging out Netflix with 129.

"The Mandalorian" and "The Crown" have the most nominations for an individual series with 24 apiece. From Emmy Awards favorites to long-shot sweats, we're breaking down the Emmy Awards betting odds and some of our Emmy picks and predictions in a number of key categories:

(Editor's Note: Not all odds for major categories were listed at the time of publishing. We will add listings for other categories when their markets are live.)

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Comedy) 

Actor (Series) Odds
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) -3,300
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) +1,000
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) +2,000
Kenan Thompson (Kenan) +2,800
William H. Macy (Shameless) +3,300

Pick to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Comedy)

Jason Sudeikis appears set to add to his hardware haul. After winning the Golden Globe for his role as displaced American football coach Ted Lasso in the eponymous comedy series, Sudeikis is a massive -3,300 favorite to take home the Emmy as well.

We don't see the Emmy going to anybody else but at such lopsided odds there is practically no reason to back him. Thankfully some of the other awards have much more tempting lines. 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama) 

Actor (Series) Odds
Josh O'Connor (The Crown) -350
Billy Porter (Pose) +300
Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton) +800
Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason) +2,200
Sterling K Brown (This Is Us) +2,500
Johnathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) +3,300

Pick to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama)

Josh O'Connor's turn as Prince Charles on "The Crown" has landed him as the odds-on favorite to also double-down on his Golden Globe win. That said, this is one category where I can see an upset. Porter won this award in 2019 and after another critically acclaimed season as Pray Tell on "Pose" we wouldn't be surprised at an encore victory this year. 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series/Movie) 

Actor (Series) Odds
Paul Bettany (WandaVision) +100
Hugh Grant (The Undoing) +200
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) +350
Ewan McGregor (Halston) +1,000
Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) +1,000

Pick to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series/Movie) 

The MCU invaded the limited series market this past year with "WandaVision," which took streaming by storm and racked up 23 Emmy nominations, including Paul Bettany as a slim odds favorite for his role as Vision, the former Avenger android, living inside Wanda Maximoff's Mind Stone projection.

This is one of the few awards where the favorite can be backed at plus money and there's definitely value on Bettany here. Odom will likely take votes from fellow Hamilton co-star Miranda while Grant's performance was wasted in an uneven series which received mixed ratings from critics. 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy)

Actress (Series) Odds
Jean Smart (Hacks) -275
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant) +187
Tracee Ellis-Ross (Black-ish) +700
Aidy Bryant (Shrill) +2,800
Allison Janney (Mom) +6,600

Pick to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy) 

Screen veteran Jean Smart sits as another odds-on favorite for her role as Deborah Vance in the series "Hacks." Smart's Vance is a Vegas comedian looking for a new edge in her performance, a role that has earned widespread critical acclaim in what's largely a two-horse race between her and Kaley Cuoco (+187).

Cuoco was viewed as the favorite for much of the year after being nominated and falling short at the Golden Globes. She was the best thing about "The Big Bang Theory" and has proven that she can carry a series on her own in "The Flight Attendant," where she plays a lovable hot mess as the title character. 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama) 

Actress (Series) Odds
Emma Corrin (The Crown) -350
MJ Rodriguez (Pose) +400
Olivia Colman (The Crown) +900
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) +900
Uzo Aduba (In Treatment) +1,800
Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country) +2,800

Pick to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama)

Emma Corrin's fantastic portrayal of Diana, Princess of Wales on "The Crown" has oddsmakers seeing a double-dip for the Netflix drama in both the lead acting categories. We're hoping you grabbed Corrin when she was at -150 just a few weeks ago because now this line is becoming un-bettable.

If you're looking for a long shot who should have a better chance than the odds reflect, don't count out Uzo Aduba, who did a fantastic job in HBO's revived series "In Treatment."

Odds to win Outstanding Supporting Actress (Limited Series)

Actress (Series) Odds
Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision) -150
Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown) +250
Jean Smart (Mare of Easttown) +500
Moses Ingram (The Queen's Gambit) +1,000
Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) +1,000
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) +2,000

Pick to win Outstanding Supporting Actress (Limited Series) 

Veteran Kathryn Hahn might be adding a major award to her laundry list of blockbuster credits. The longtime comedy character actress' turn as witch-next-door Agatha Harkness lands her as another odds-on favorite. Hahn's performance wasn't just meme-worthy — it was layered and hilarious and gets better with every rewatch of the Marvel hit series. Grab her at -150.

Odds to win Outstanding Comedy Series 

Series Odds
Ted Lasso -1,000
The Flight Attendant +900
Hacks +1,000
The Kominsky Method +1,600
Pen15 +2,000
Black-ish +2,000
Emily In Paris +2,500
Cobra Kai +3,300

Pick to win Outstanding Comedy Series

As Sudeikis was for his role as Ted Lasso, the show itself is another huge favorite to nab the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series at -1,000. With a whopping 20 nominations, Ted Lasso is not only the most nominated comedy series of the year but also the most nominated first-year comedy in history. We'd be surprised at anything other than a win for Sudeikis and company here. 

Odds to win Outstanding Drama Series

Series Odds
The Crown -700
The Mandalorian +450
Bridgerton +1,200
The Handmaid's Tale +1,400
Pose +2,500
Lovecraft Country +2,800
The Boys +3,000
This Is Us +3,500

Pick to win Outstanding Drama Series 

After "Succession" predictably took this category last year, "The Crown" appears set for its turn as TV's top drama, with -700 odds as a very comfortable favorite over "The Mandalorian." While "The Mandalorian" is terrific for what it is and equaled "The Crown" in Emmy nominations, there's really no comparison between the two.

In terms of story, directing, characters, and attention to detail, the Netflix series is one of the best shows in recent memory, and the fourth season might be the best. After years of being the bridesmaid but never the bride, this will deservedly be the year that "The Crown" is crowned as the best show on TV. 

Odds to win Outstanding Limited Series

Series Odds
The Queen's Gambit -200
Mare of Easttown +175
I May Destroy You +650
The Underground Railroad +650
WandaVision +1,400

Pick to win Outstanding Limited Series

After helping spark a minor revolution in chess' global footprint in 2020, "The Queen's Gambit" appears set for yet more acclaim, as an odds-on favorite at this year's Emmys. After winning the Golden Globe in the same category, expect "The Queen's Gambit" to win again and -200 isn't too steep of a price. 

Odds to win Outstanding Competiton Program

Series Odds
RuPaul's Drag Race -600
Nailed It! +500
Top Chef +800
The Voice +1,000
The Amazing Race +1,600

Pick to win Outstanding Competiton Program

While some reality TV shows succumbed to COVID restrictions this past year, "RuPaul's Drag Race" was as fab as ever in its 13th season, and struts into Emmy Awards betting as a -600 favorite. Apparently, books aren't counting on voter fatigue, as "Drag Race" has won this category three years running and should make it a four-peat. 

Where can I bet on Emmy nominees?

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