Aziz Ansari pulled off a surprise win for Best Comedy/Musical Actor at the Golden Globe Awards, but don’t be shocked if he repeats that victory at Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards. The “Master of None” star is the favorite to score the Best Comedy Actor statuette, with 11/10 odds, according to our latest predictions.
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) sits in second place with 14/5 odds, followed by Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) with 3/1 odds. Hank Azaria (“Brockmire”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat”) bring up the rear with 10/3 odds. Reigning champion Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) is ineligible this year.
All three participating TV Experts, Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and myself, and all six participating Gold Derby Editors, including Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, Marcus James Dixon, Paul Sheehan and Rob Licuria, are going with Ansari.
A win for Ansari would mark his second acting prize for “Master of None.” While he has back-to-back comedy writing Emmys for his Netflix series, he hadn’t won an acting award until Sunday night at the Globes. He was previously nominated at Critics’ Choice two years ago for the show’s first season, losing to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). “Master of None” won Best Comedy Series then, but ironically, the show is not up in the series race this year; however, it did garner a supporting nomination for Alessandra Mastronardi.
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