Jason Bateman

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, September 14th, with Game of Thrones strongly favoured to sweep all before it.

However, according to bookmaker William Hill, there is another near certainty: that Jason Bateman’s performance in Ozark wins the lead actor in a drama series category is currently being offered at just 6/5.

Ozark has received considerable acclaim since its release in 2017. The Netflix series follows Bateman’s character as he goes from Chicago financial advisor to money-launderer for a drug cartel. Not only is Bateman the star, he also acts as one of the executive producers and has directed six episodes across the show’s two seasons.

This is the fifth time that Bateman has been nominated for the role, and the second time for this particular part.

Available at 2/1 is Billy Porter for Pose, an FX drama set in the New York LGBTQ “ballroom culture” during the 1980s and ‘90s. Also in the running, at 11/4, is Bob Odenkirk for Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.

Looking at the actors’ awards form, Porter and Bateman were both nominated for last year’s Golden Globes, eventually losing out to Richard Madden. Bateman has a little more momentum, having picked up a Screen Actor’s Guild award in January.

A Chance for Linney?

Bateman’s Ozark costar Laura Linney is up for the outstanding lead actress category, competing with Emilia Clarke at 5/1 for Game of Thrones, and two Killing Eve stars, Jodie Corner at 5/1 and Sandra Oh at 2/5. With the chances of the Killing Eve vote being split, Linney is a potential value bet at 33/1.

It seems very unlikely that Ozark itself will win best drama series in this year of Game of Thrones. The world’s favourite fantasy show is at 1/8, with Killing Eve at 13/2. Ozark lags well behind at 33/1.