72nd Primetime Emmy Awards odds: Favorites in key categories

Oct 16, 2020 |
By: Covers Staff
72nd Primetime Emmy Awards odds: Favorites in key categories
Odds are live for the Primetime Emmy Awards, giving TV fans plenty of options for betting the evening's biggest categories. Netflix set a new record this year with 160 nominations.
Odds are live for the Primetime Emmy Awards, giving TV fans plenty of options for betting the evening's biggest categories. Netflix set a new record this year with 160 nominations.

Betting on Emmy awards odds is now live for prime time TV's biggest celebration on September 20. Netflix leads the way with 160 nominations, smashing HBO's previous record of 137. 

As consolation for HBO, their comic book series "Watchmen" leads the way for 2020 with 26 nominations. From Emmy Awards favorites to long-shot sweats, we're breaking down the Emmy odds in a number of key categories:

All odds courtesy of Sports Interaction

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Comedy) at the Emmy Awards?

Eugene Levy (-154) is the odds-on favorite for his role as patriarch Johnny Rose on the breakout Canadian comedy "Schitt's Creek". Comic Ramy Youssef sits in third (+207) for his eponymous series, with "The Good Place"s Ted Danson in third at +572,

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Comedy) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actor (Series) Odds (as of Sept 17)
Eugene Levy ("Schitt's Creek") +128
Ramy Youssef ("Ramy") +207
Ted Danson ("The Good Place") +572
Michael Douglas ("The Komisky Method") +1,900
Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish") +2,300
Don Cheadle ("Black Monday") +2,500

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama) at the Emmy Awards?

Decorated mainstay and Emmy-winner Brian Cox sits as the -158 favorite as Logan Roy in "Succession", which also boasts sharp mover Jeremy Strong in second (+239). Jason Bateman's turn in the Netflix crime thriller "Ozark" bags him third-best odds at +500. 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Drama) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actor (Series) Odds
Brian Cox ("Succession") -158
Jeremy Strong ("Succession") +239
Jason Bateman ("Ozark") +500
Billy Porter ("Pose") +900
Steve Carell ("The Morning Show") +1,800
Sterling K Brown ("This Is Us") +2,100

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series/Movie) at the Emmy Awards?

Mark Ruffalo is an odds-on favorite for his dual-role in "I Know This Much Is True". Hugh Jackman follows at +319 for "Bad Education", with "Watchmen"s Jeremy Irons in third at +530.

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series/Movie) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actor (Series) Odds
Mark Ruffalo ("I Know This Much Is True") -137
Hugh Jackman ("Bad Education") +319
Jeremy Irons ("Watchmen") +530
Paul Mescal ("Normal People") +580
Jeremy Pope ("Hollywood") +745

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy) at the Emmy Awards?

Catherine O'Hara makes it a double-dip for "Schitt's Creek"'s Rose family as favorites, doing Eugene Levy's odds one better at a massive -339. Rachel Brosnahan of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" sits second (+579), while Christina Applegate (+510) and "Dead to Me" co-star Linda Cardinelli  (+1,000) are both long-shots.

 

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Comedy) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actress (Series) Odds
Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") -339
Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") +579
Issa Rae ("Insecure") +800
Christina Applegate ("Dead to Me") +1,000
Tracie Ellis Ross ("Black-ish") +1,600
Linda Cardinelli ("Dead to Me") +2,500

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama) at the Emmy Awards?

Again one-upping the on-screen husband, Laura Linney comes in as the favorite for "Ozark" at -133. Olivia Coleman ("The Crown") is second at +313, with Jennifer Aniston - a past winner from "Friends" days - in third at +433.

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Drama) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actress (Series) Odds
Laura Linney ("Ozark") -133
Olivia Coleman ("The Crown") +313
Jennifer Aniston ("The Morning Show") +433
Zendaya ("Euphoria") +800
Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") +1,100
Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve") +1,100

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Limited Series/Movie) at the Emmy Awards?

Cate Blanchett, who has won seemingly every acting award in existence, had the inside track at opening for her first Emmy, playing activist Phyllis Schlafly on "Mrs. America". She was leapfrogged by fellow Oscar-winner Regina King ("Watchmen"), now the favorite at -101. "Unorthodox"'s Shira Haas is a relatively-distant third at +603.

Odds to win Outstanding Lead Actress (Limited Series/Movie) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actress (Series) Odds
Regina King ("Watchmen") -101
Cate Blanchett ("Mrs. America") +116
Shira Haas ("Unorthodox") +603
Kerry Washington ("Little Fires Everywhere") +1,100
Octavia Spencer ("Self Made") +1,500

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards?

Prime's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" opened as a +152 favorite but has since sunk to +440, possibly up "Schitt's Creek" for the award. The Canadian comedy comes in with another strong nomination, currently favored at -278  with "The Good Place" in third at +1,000.

Odds to win Outstanding Comedy Series at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Series Odds
"Schitt's Creek" -278
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" +440
"The Good Place" +1,000
"Insecure" +1,000
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" +1,400
"The Komisky Method" +1,800
"Dead To Me" +2,300
"What We Do in the Shadows" +3,100

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards?

Despite the larger field of nominees in the series categories, HBO's "Succession" sits as the biggest favorite on the Emmys board, at -424 to win Oustanding Drama. "The Crown" and "Ozark" are in a tie for a distant second at +800.

Odds to win Outstanding Drama Series at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Series Odds
"Succession" -424
"The Crown" +800
"Ozark" +800
"The Handmaid's Tale" +1,300
"Better Call Saul" +1,900
"Killing Eve" +2,100
"The Mandalorian" +3,400
"Stranger Things"  +4,200

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Limited Series at the Emmy Awards?

After racking up an Emmys-leading 26 nominations, it's little surprise "Watchmen" (-420) is heavily favored against the field to win here. "Mrs. America" sits second at +284. 

Odds to win Outstanding Limited Series at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Series Odds
"Watchmen" -420
"Mrs. America" +284
"Unorthodox" +1,100
"Little Fires Everywhere" +1,300
"Unbelievable"  +1,300

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Supporting Actor (Limited Series) at the Emmy Awards?

Jim Parsons appears to be making the most of his post-"Big Bang Theory" career, coming in as the favorite (+150) as Henry Willson in "Hollywood". But  "Watchmen" owns the field, with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (second, +250), veteran Louis Gossett Jr. (third, +350) and Jovan Adepo (+850) all nominated.

Odds to win Outstanding Supporting Actor (Limited Series) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actor (Series) Odds
Jim Parsons ("Hollywood") +150
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ("Watchmen") +250
Louis Gossett Jr. ("Watchmen") +350
Dylan McDermott ("Hollywood") +550
Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend") +700
Jovan Adepo +850

Who is the favorite to win Outstanding Supporting Actress (Limited Series) at the Emmy Awards?

Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Toni Collette is favored to add to her trophy case, at +111 for "Unbelievable". "Watchmen" is again nominated, with Jean Smart at +192. Meanwhile Margo Martindale - yes, the one from "BoJack Horseman" - gets +558 odds for "Mrs. America", which also boasts two more nominees.

Odds to win Outstanding Supporting Actress (Limited Series) at the 72nd Emmy Awards

Actress (Series) Odds
Toni Collette ("Unbelievable") +111
Jean Smart ("Watchmen") +192
Uzo Aduba ("Mrs. America") +516
Margo Martindale ("Mrs. America") +588
Holland Taylor ("Hollywood") +1,000
Tracey Ullman ("Mrs. America") +1,500

Where can I bet on Emmy Awards odds? 

As a non-sports market, Emmy Awards odds may be more of a niche for sportsbooks. However, many will offer odds on the major categories, with possibly more markets as the event nears. Check out the top sportsbooks available in your area. 

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