With 1/2 odds from our seven TV Experts, John Lithgow (“The Crown”) is projected to win Best TV Supporting Actor at Sunday’s Golden Globes. In the first-year Netflix series Lithgow plays Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who works with the new queen, Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) while finding off political rivals within his own party. Five of our Experts are predicting the Lithgow victory: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News) Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).
In second place is Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) with 5/2 odds. The two Experts picking him to win are Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). Like Lithgow, Brown plays a real character: prosecutor Christopher Darden, who confronts racism while struggling to convict celebrity murder suspect O.J. Simpson.
Much further behind are Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”) with 50/1 odds, John Travolta (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) with 66/1 odds and last year’s winner Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) with 100/1 odds.
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 All Users, the top choice is also Lithgow with 4/9 odds based on the support of more than 500 people making their predictions. Once again the second spot is held by Brown with 3/1 odds, but he also has support from more than 500 total Users, so this race may be closer than our Experts think. We then have Laurie at 33/1, Travolta at 40/1, and Slater at 80/1.
Lithgow is already a two-time Golden Globe winner, once in this category for “Dexter” (2010) and once for his lead role in the TV comedy “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1997), and his performance in “The Crown” has already won him a Critics’ Choice Award. Laurie is also a two-time Globe winner for his lead role in the drama series “House” (2006-2007), though that’s not currently helping him on our racetrack.
Travolta is a double-winner as well, as World Film Favorite in 1979 and for his lead role in the comedy film “Get Shorty” in 1996. Since Slater won this award just last year for “Mr. Robot,” that makes Brown the only nominee in this race without a past Globe win, but he could have a secret weapon: voters may want to support him here as a way to honor his work in both “People v. O.J.” and “This is Us,” which is up for Best Drama Series.
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