‘Outlander’ in danger at Golden Globes: Will Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan & Tobias Menzies be snubbed?

As awards watchers know, the Golden Globes giveth and taketh away. It’s commonplace for shows and stars to be nominated (even win) one year and skunked the very next. Will three-time Globe nominee “Outlander” fall victim this year after earning bids for Best Drama Series, Caitriona Balfe as Best TV Drama Actress and Tobias Menzies as Best TV Supporting Actor last year? That’s how things seem to be playing out according to the early predictions derived from Gold Derby’s expert journalist, in-staff house editors and everyday users like you. See more Golden Globes TV odds and rankings.

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In the red-hot race for Best Drama Series, “Outlander” comes in sixth place with 15/2 odds. That would be great news if this were the Emmy Awards, but the Golden Globes only allow five nominees in each category, so “Outlander” won’t make the cut if our current odds are correct. Instead, our odds-makers believe this year’s five nominees will be “Stranger Things” (5/4 odds), “Game of Thrones” (23/10), “The Crown” (11/2), “Westworld” (11/2) and “Mr. Robot” (6/1).

As for Balfe’s chances in the Best TV Drama Actress category, last year’s nominee only comes in seventh place for a repeat bid. Ahead of her on our predictions chart are Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) and reigning champ Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”).

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Leading man Sam Heughan was oddly snubbed last year as Best TV Drama Actor, and now our odds-makers think he’ll have a tough time breaking in for season two. He comes in eighth place in our combined rankings, with the following five men predicted to earn nominations: Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”), Kiefer Sutherland (“Designated Survivor”), Wagner Moura (“Narcos”) and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”).

Finally, it was quite impressive that supporting player Menzies made it into the Golden Globes club last year considering that his race combines performances from dramas, comedies, limited series and TV movies. Menzies is in sixth place to earn a second nomination, behind Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), John Turturro (“The Night Of”), Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”).

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