Seven leading ladies are nominated for Best Drama Actress at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Sorry For Your Loss”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”). According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, we’re about to see Round 2 of the exciting Oh vs. Roberts battle from last week’s Golden Globes, where Oh came out on top. Will Roberts now find revenge with the critics? The awards air Sunday, January 13 on the CW network in a ceremony that honors both film and TV.
Our racetrack odds favor Oh to take home her first Critics’ Choice Award for the cat-and-mouse drama in which she portrays MI5 officer Eve Polastri opposite Comer’s international killer Villanelle. She is the pick of these six Experts from major media outlets: Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).
One rogue Expert — Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes) — instead believes that Roberts will claim victory for playing Heidi Bergman, a social worker at a facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. Roberts is of course an Oscar winner for “Erin Brockovich” (2000), so it’s probably not wise to completely count her out of the competition.
As for our website staff Editors who cover awards year-round, all seven believe that Oh will triumph for “Killing Eve”: Wloszczyna, Eng, Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum and Marcus James Dixon.
Next up are Gold Derby’s Top 24 Users, the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year’s Critics’ Choice TV winners. These awards gurus are divided among five contenders, with 18 predicting Oh, one for Roberts, two for Russell, two for Moss and one for Comer.
When all of the predictions are combined together, Oh leads with 6/1 odds, followed by Roberts (7/1 odds), Russell (7/1 odds), Moss (15/2 odds), Comer (8/1 odds), Olsen (17/2 odds) and Gyllenhaal (17/2 odds). See more Critics’ Choice TV odds and rankings.
The Critics’ Choice TV Awards have been around since 2011, though they had two ceremonies within the 2015 calendar year. Here’s a look at the past eight Best Drama Actress winners: Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” (2011), Claire Danes for “Homeland” (2012), Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black” (2013), Maslany again (2014), Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” (2015-A), Carrie Coon for “The Leftovers” (2015-B), Evan Rachel Wood for “Westworld” (2016) and Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017).
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Critics’ Choice contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Critics’ Choice predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on January 13.