The Best TV Drama Actor category at the 2018 Golden Globes is one of the year’s most exciting races, with Gold Derby’s combined odds predicting a tight race between Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and James Franco (“The Deuce”). Brown has won two Emmys over the past two years for his roles on “This Is Us” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but so far he hasn’t taken home a Golden Globe. Hmm, are Globes voters starting to look foolish by failing to reward Brown?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Brown last year in the catch-all supporting category for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” though he lost to Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”). Brown was snubbed completely for his “This Is Us” role at last year’s Globes, which is a bit odd when you consider that he just won the Emmy in the Best Drama Actor category for his breakthrough performance of Randall Pearson on NBC’s family drama.
On “This Is Us” Season 2, following the death of his biological father, Randall and wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) are acting as foster parents to troubled teen Deja (Lyric Ross). It’s a powerful storyline for Randall in particular, who was adopted when he was just a baby, so Brown is getting even more material to sink his teeth into this season.
Sometimes the Golden Globes are inexcusably late to the party, such as when they failed to reward Bryan Cranston until the final season of “Breaking Bad.” And don’t forget, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is still yet to win a Globe for her record-breaking role on “Veep.” In other words, Brown is in good company by not winning right away.
Brown currently comes in first place in Gold Derby’s predictions for Best TV Drama Actor at the Golden Globes with 2/1 odds. The other top vote-getters are Franco with 4/1 odds, Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) with 8/1 odds, Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) with 9/1 odds, Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) with 12/1 odds and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) with 22/1 odds. See more Golden Globes odds and rankings.
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