Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”) is the reigning Golden Globe winner for Best TV Drama Actor, but that Amazon legal drama won’t return for its second season until 2018, so he won’t be back in the running. Who could win instead? At the Emmys this past September the award went to Sterling K. Brown for “This is Us.” He’s the frontrunner to win the Globe too according to our latest predictions, but he’s got a lot of competition. Watch Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, and Paul Sheehan discuss the drama races above.
“James Franco is almost a lock to get in [for HBO’s ‘The Deuce’],” says Beachum. “They love the film stars doing TV, plus he’ll probably be on the film side too with ‘The Disaster Artist.'” He adds that Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) is “almost a lock. It’s his show. They love these auteurs — people that produce, star, write, and direct — so I think they’ll be on board with that.” He adds that Brown is a likely nominee after contending last year in the Globes’ supporting race for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “so when you put those three in and then a Jonathan Groff I can see getting in [for Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter‘],” the category starts to fill up pretty fast.
Sheehan notes that Dan Stevens (“Legion”) could be a beneficiary of both his acclaimed FX series and the afterglow from his big-screen success earlier this year in the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” And it doesn’t hurt that he’s British: “The Hollywood Foreign Press [likes] foreigners like Dan Stevens.”
Freddie Highmore is British too, and Beachum thinks he could even win for playing an autistic surgeon in “The Good Doctor,” which is one of the biggest ratings hits of the fall season. “Freddie is also a producer on ‘The Good Doctor’ and has never been nominated at the Globes before even though he has a couple of SAG nominations. Plus he’s going to get some bonus credits for wrapping up ‘Bates Motel’ this past year.”
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