Taraji P. Henson (‘Empire’) vs. Viola Davis (‘HTGAWM’): Who’ll win tight Golden Globes race?

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Last year Gold Derby predicted that Viola Davis would win the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Actress for the breakout first season of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” but she ended up being bested by Ruth Wilson (“The Affair“). Can newly crowned Emmy champ Davis now win for Season 2, or might TV’s newest sensation Taraji P. Henson (“Empire“) claim the trophy instead? Hurry — make your own predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict who will win the Globe for Best TV Drama Actress.

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According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by our Editors (website staff editors), Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year’s nominations) and other Users just like you, Henson currently leads this TV race with 7/2 odds, followed by Davis in second place with odds of 5/1.

In Henson’s favor is the fact that she’s on a sizzling ratings hit that Globes voters won’t be able to ignore. Even though it’s currently airing its second season on Fox, “Empire” is still new to the Globes as their eligibility period is the 2015 calendar year. After winning kudos for this role at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards earlier in the year, might she follow it up with a Golden Globe victory?

As for Davis, voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are clearly fans of hers, having nominated her last year for “How to Get Away with Murder” and twice before on the film side: Best Actress for “The Help” (2011) and Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt” (2008). And while she won her first Emmy two months ago, she has yet to take home her first Golden Globe.

And what about last year’s Globe champ Wilson? She’s way down in fifth place on our chart to win with 14/1 odds, as some of our readers worry that Showtime’s “The Affair” might fall victim to the Golden Globes curse where they honor a show one year and then snub it the next.

Other top dramatic actresses in contention are Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) who pulled off a surprise Globe victory two years ago for the first season of her Netflix political drama, and Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”) who seems like the perfect made-for-Globes star being that she’s on a hot Starz show and is non-American. Both ladies are tied in third place to win with 15/2 odds apiece. See up-to-date Golden Globe odds and rankings for this race right here.

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