With 5/6 odds from our seven TV Experts, Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) is projected to win Best TV Comedy Actor at Sunday’s Golden Globes. In the freshman FX series, which is also up for Best Comedy Series, Glover plays Earn, who tries to manage his cousin Paper Boi’s burgeoning rap career. Four of our Experts are predicting the Glover victory: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).
In second place is Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) with 13/5 odds. The two Experts picking him to win are Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). Anderson plays Dre, an ad exec who tries to raise his affluent family with an awareness of class and race; the series has two other nominations, including Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress (Tracee Ellis Ross).
The sole Expert predicting Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) is Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), placing him third with 6/1 odds. This is Tambor’s third consecutive nomination for playing transgender woman Maura Pfefferman in the Amazon streaming series. He previously won in 2015, and this year the series is also nominated for Best Comedy Series.
According to our overall combined odds featuring the predictions of all Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those who did the best at their winner picks last year), and Users, the top choice is also Glover with 1/3 odds based on the support of more than 900 people making their predictions. Once again the second spot is held by Anderson, but he’s further away with 7/1 odds. We then have Tambor at 10/1, Bernal at 50/1, and Nolte at 66/1.
Three of the actors in this category are first-time nominees for their shows: Glover, Anderson and Nolte. For Glover and Anderson it’s the first nomination of their careers, while veteran movie star Nolte has been nominated five times, winning Best Film Drama Actor for “The Prince of Tides” (1991). Glover and Nolte are the only nominees for freshman series, which may be an advantage for them as five of the last 10 winners have starred in new series.
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