Outlander Emmy watch: Weighing odds for Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, cast

OutlanderWe’re here today with another edition of our Outlander – Emmy watch series! We’re going to have a few of these from now until awards season starts in May, where we take detailed looks at the contenders and, in turn, the field. Some things are starting to shape up!

Ultimately, having a fuller scope of the competition is what makes this particular article distinct as we look at a number of the different races and the chances that the show, or one of its oh-so-worthy actors, gets the love that they so clearly deserve after contributing to the power, the grace, and the style of this show. Even if there are even more snubs coming, there’s no denying the worthiness, or the support that all parties involved will have.

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Drama Series – Call this a longshot. We’d love to see it happening, and probably the best roadmap to a nomination is a show like The Americans, which was snubbed across a number of big categories for its first few seasons before finally making it big. There are just SO many dramas on TV right now, including some like Game of Thrones that are going to command a lot of attention. There are newcomers like Homecoming that are going to be a threat, and then you’ve also got returning series like The Crown and Better Call Saul that were forced to sit out this past Emmy cycle. This may actually be the most competitive drama series race ever.

Drama Actress, Caitriona Balfe – We’re saying that it’s 50-50. The best thing that Balfe has going for her is the prestige she’s earned from the Golden Globes, plus also the overall quality of her work as Claire Fraser. Obviously, the competition is going to loom large — she’s going to up against two actress from Killing Eve plus Julia Roberts from Homecoming and Olivia Colman from The Crown — but she’s still got the best shot of a nod out of any actor at the moment.

Drama Actor, Sam Heughan – A longshot, but a worthy underdog. Why isn’t Sam getting the love he so very deserves? We still think some of the coverage is to blame. While Jamie may be in a lot of ways this romantic hero, he’s a complicated, multifaceted and flawed man who should be viewed as much. These different identities at times do get jumbled together in the press and the quality of Sam’s work isn’t focused on enough. With This Is Us fading somewhat as an Emmy contender now that it’s had its due, there may be more holes for possible nominations. Yet, there is no history of Sam getting the love he deserves and that makes things trickier. We also think Bob Odenkirk is a major contender here, fueled by snubs from the past. Maybe Sam will also get his due one of these years in similar form.

Supporting Actors, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin – They are both on the radar this year in a way they weren’t before, but they are still underdogs and probably have a smaller chance than anyone. We lean towards Sophie as a more likely contender due to the horrific nature of Brianna’s story, but when you think about what befell these characters, they went through more physical trauma than either Balfe or Heughan did this season. They had to wear those scars as actors. They deserve more recognition than they’re going to get, but they are still new on the scene.

Guest Actor, Tobias Menzies – We know we’re crazy to say this, but we think there’s almost a 50-50 chance of it happening! Because of the somewhat-new rules about guest actors, people with huge recurring arcs aren’t automatically eligible. While his role was small, the timing will work out given that Tobias will be on voters’ minds due to The Crown. There’s also a chance still he turns up on Game of Thrones.

Have any predictions for Outlander at the Emmys at present?

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