With a critically acclaimed season three in the books, which Better Call Saul actors have the chance to take home awards this year?
Last month, we discussed a quartet of Better Call Saul actors who could compete for the same award nomination. Specifically, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean and the “Best Supporting Actor” award. Now, with season three having ended, we’ve decided to revisit the award discussion. Here are four Better Call Saul actors who could be looking at nominations.
In playing the show’s titular character, Odenkirk could very well find himself up for this year’s Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In fact, GoldDerby currently has him at 4/1 odds to take home the award. Those odds are the tied for best in the category with Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us. Other competition includes Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan). In a year where Game of Thrones was delayed, and therefore incapable of qualifying for this year’s Emmy’s, it could be Odenkirk’s time to grab one of the night’s biggest awards. At the very least, it makes for his best chance so far.
Our Call: Bob Odenkirk is a near lock to get a nomination and has the best chance of any Better Call Saul cast member to bring home an award.
For his portrayal of the mentally ill Chuck McGill, Michael McKean could find himself nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Surprisingly, GoldDerby only has McKean at the 10th best odds to win the award (66/1). Even more surprising to me, is their rank of Jonathan Banks’ chances as 2nd best in the category (9/2). Don’t get me wrong, Banks is a fantastic actor, but his role in season three is dwarfed by Michael McKean’s. However, in an always competitive category, McKean has a lot of great competition, regardless of Banks. Currently, GoldDerby lists The Crown’s Jonathan Lithgow as their favorite (3/1).
Our call: Despite the staunch competition, we’ll stand by our belief that McKean will at least grab a nomination. His performance this season was intriguing and captivating from start to finish.
Like McKean, Rhea Seehorn will compete in an ultra competitive category, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. GoldDerby currently has Seehorn at 100/1 odds to win the award, which ranks her as 13th most likely. While Seehorn did a fantastic job as a whole this season, Kim’s plot line in season three didn’t have the major moments that some other characters’ did.
Our call: In a field that includes actresses from critical darlings like Stranger Things , Orange is the New Black, Westworld and This Is Us, I think Seehorn is unlikely to get a nomination this year. However, next season, with the cast a little thinner and more time to shine, Seehorn could absolutely build a case for herself.
Personally, I thought Mando’s season 3 performance would net him some serious Emmy consideration. However, in terms of odds to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, GoldDerby doesn’t have him listed in their top 50. They do however, have Giancarlo Esposito listed as having the 14th bets odds. Like Banks, I would say that Esposito’s role this year wasn’t substantial enough to net the award.
Our Call: Initially, I would have thought Mando would be left on the outside looking in due to the saturation of the category. Now, taking GoldDerby’s thoughts into consideration, I’m operating under the assumption that a nomination is an extreme long shot.
Finally, thanks to GoldDerby for providing info on a topic that I don’t know much about. Head over to their website where they provide the odds for every Emmy category.