How Would State Golden Globes Nominees Fare in Illinois Betting?

How Would State Golden Globes Nominees Fare in Illinois Betting?
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The Golden Globe Awards are turning 80! The annual entertainment industry honors have been hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to showcase and reward achievements in film and television for eight straight decades. This year’s event is Jan. 10, 2023, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Over the years, plenty of Globe winners hailed from the Prairie State — and if the nominations are any indication, folks from Illinois have a great sense of humor. Local comedians with either a win and or multiple nominations include Bill Murray (one win, six nominations), Bob Newhart (one win, seven nominations) and Betty White (four nominations). 

But no one from Illinois had more success at the Golden Globes than Chicagoan Robin Williams. The beloved comedian earned 10 nominations and four wins during his career, and was awarded the Cecile B. DeMille award in 2005 for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

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Two Illinois Natives Are Golden Globes Nominees

Among the Illinois nominees this year is Bob Odenkirk, who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Odenkirk, who is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, began his career in comedy too — appearing in small roles on Saturday Night Live, Roseanne and Seinfeld before gaining recognition for creating and starring in the cult comedy sketch series Mr. Show.

The other Illinois native nominated for a Globe this year is Richard Jenkins for his supporting role in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The prolific veteran actor, born in DeKalb, was previously nominated for his performance in 2017’s fish-man love story The Shape of Water.

So do the hometown heroes have a shot to win? Illinois sportsbooks aren’t taking wagers on that question, but I have set hypothetical odds for each to win their respective categories as a way to assess their chances.

Hypothetical Betting Odds for Golden Globes Nominees From Illinois

Nominee Odds Implied Probability
Bob Odenkirk (Best Actor – TV Drama) 1-2 66.7%
Richard Jenkins (Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Limited) 4-1 20%

Bob Odenkirk (Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Limited): 1-2

Already nominated four times for his role as Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul, will this be the year Bob Odenkirk finally brings home a trophy? These odds imply there’s over a 66% chance — or -200 in American odds at various Illinois mobile betting apps — so I certainly think so.

As we all know, Better Call Saul is a prequel series to Breaking Bad, whose star Bryan Cranston was nominated three consecutive years in this category before finally winning in 2013. That was in Breaking Bad’s final season. Guess what? Better Call Saul just wrapped its six-season run this summer. The promise of history repeating itself here is sure to sway Globe voters.

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Richard Jenkins (Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Limited): 4-1

Richard Jenkins’ second Golden Globe nomination comes for his turn as the father of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Jenkins has been lauded for his performance, but the series has been mostly panned by critics. 

Though Jenkins winning wouldn’t be considered an upset, these odds imply he only has a 20% chance, which would translate to +400 in Illinois sports betting odds.

But if I could wager on this category, my money would be on Paul Walter Hauser, who happens to portray a different serial killer in the true crime mini-series adaptation Black Bird.

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Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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