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2021 Golden Globe Awards Odds and Best Bets for Television

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by Sally Le in Entertainment

Feb 24, 2021 · 7:38 AM PST

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Helena Bonham Carter, from left, Erin Doherty and Josh O'Connor pose in the press room with their awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for "The Crown" at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • The 78th Golden Globes will take place on February 28, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST on NBC
  • Schitt’s Creek is the odds-on favorite to win Best Television Series Comedy
  • Read below for odds and best bets for all television categories at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards

Kicking off award season, the Golden Globe Awards is known as “the party” of award shows in comparison to its counterpart, the Oscars. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the highly anticipated show for a second time. In its 78th year, the show promises to recognize and reward the best 2020 performances in both television and film.

While this last year challenged Hollywood’s production schedule, TV land managed to churn out quite a few discussion-worthy nominations.

Read on for favored picks in best comedy, best drama, best actor tv drama series, and best actress tv drama series.

Best Television Series Comedy Odds

Prop Odds
Schitt’s Creek -220
Ted Lasso +180
The Great +900
The Flight Attendant +1000
Emily in Paris +1500

All odds as of Feb. 24

To the dismay of fans, Eugene and Daniel Levy’s Schitt’s Creek bid us adieu in its sixth season. The show developed a cult following that simply could not be denied by The Emmys. The quirky Canadian comedy series set an Emmy sweeping record.

“The show won a total of nine Emmys this year, the most ever for a comedy in a single year,” according to The New York Times. The show swept the comedy category, including Outstanding Comedy.

Schitt’s Creek is a shoo-in. Even at -220 odds, there is still value to be made on this number. The Golden Globes will take one last Schitt with us before it gets off the pot.

Pick: Schitt’s Creek (-220)

Best Television Series Drama Odds

Prop Odds
The Crown -750
Ozark +400
The Mandalorian +800
Ratched +1200
Lovecraft Country +2000

On a more serious note, The Crown is favored to take home best tv drama. Nominated six times, this Left Bank Picture series is no stranger to winning a Golden Globe. The Crown took home honors back in 2017.

Deadline reports, “The record haul of nominations is a fitting farewell for the current cast, who have stepped into royal shoes for the last time on Netflix’s hit series. Season 5 will usher in a completely new lineup when it launches next year, including Imelda Staunton as the Queen.”

The Crown will reign in 2021. If you decide to bet on something other than The Crown, avoid picking The Mandalorian or Lovecraft Country. Historically, the Globes rarely bestow winning honors to Sci-Fi shows, hence the longshot odds. That being said, if you’re looking for an underdog, the second-best bet would be Ozark.

Pick: The Crown (-750)

Best Actress TV Series Drama Odds

Prop Odds
Emma Corrin (The Crown) -200
Laura Linney (Ozark) +400
Olivia Coleman (The Crown) +500
Sarah Paulson (Ratched) +1000
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) +2000

Like Princess Di, Corrin steals the spotlight in the race to the “Best Actress TV Drama Series” throne. Portraying the late Diana Spencer, first-time nominee Emma Corrin has received critical acclaim for her performance.

Fellow nominee and previous category winner Olivia Coleman portrays Queen Elizabeth. The fourth season of The Crown focuses primarily on the tumultuous relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, making the Queen an afterthought. Corrin is well positioned over her co-star given the heavy focus on the infamous royal nuptials.

What about Laura Linney? Well, the actress is no stranger to winning Golden Globes herself. Linney has taken home two Golden Globes in her acting career. However, none of these Globes are in the best actress tv drama series category. Linney was nominated only one time in this category back in 2001.

Do not make the same mistake as Charles. Pick Lady Di.

Pick: Emma Corrin (-200)

Best Actor TV Series Drama Odds

Prop Odds
Jason Bateman (Ozark) +125
Josh O’Connor (The Crown) +150
Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason) +200
Al Pacino (Hunters) +800
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) +1800

Could this be Jason Bateman’s year? Maybe. Bateman is on his third nomination in this category without a single victory to his name. The oddsmakers favor Bateman this year by a slim margin, leaving room for the likes of Josh O’Connor to steal the Globe.

O’Connor has received at least four different award show nominations for his 2020 portrayal of Prince Charles. While he may have not been the initial pick for the role, O’Connor is clearly garnering attention for his work. Note in 2020, O’Connor won a SAG award for his work on The Crown. He is nominated yet again for another SAG award.

In addition, O’Connor has won multiple best actor awards across multiple awards shows, including the British Independent Film Awards. With all the grandeur surrounding The Crown, place your bets on the king in waiting at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Pick: Josh O’Connor (+150)

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