Golden Globe predictions: Taraji P. Henson (‘Empire’) vs. Caitriona Balfe (‘Outlander’) for Best TV Drama Actress

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According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you, either Taraji P. Henson (“Empire“) or Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander“) will be named Best TV Drama Actress at the Golden Globes. Do you agree or disagree with those predictions? Hurry — there’s a $100 Amazon gift certificate on the line for whoever does the best at predicting this year’s Golden Globes, so start right now.

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Gold Derby’s combined racetrack odds favor Henson to win the Golden Globe with 10/9 odds. Fox’s “Empire” began 2015 as bona fide ratings juggernaut and the hottest show on TV, with Cookie Lyon at the center of most of the show’s accolades. In Henson’s favor is the fact that she’s a recent Emmy nominee and Critics’ Choice winner for her breakout performance.

Balfe comes in second place with 21/10 odds as time-traveling nurse Claire Randall. Keep in mind that Balfe and Henson are the only nominees whose shows are also nominated, which indicates wider support for them. And the fact that “Outlander” is an overseas production also helps because members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love to trumpet new hot stars like Irish-born Balfe for their media outlets across the world.

Golden Globes voters are clearly fans of third-place contender Viola Davis (11/2 odds), having nominated her last year for playing lawyer Annalise Keating in “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). However, while she won her first Emmy in September, she has yet to take home a Golden Globe.

Eva Green, star of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” is in fourth place with 40/1 odds. This is Green’s first Globe bid for playing the mysterious Vanessa Ives, though she’s a two-time nominee at the Critics’ Choice Awards. In recent years, genre shows have done well in this category with Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) and Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) all winning Globes.

In fifth place to win with 50/1 odds Robin Wright, who plays first lady Claire Underwood on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Wright won this same category two years ago in a bit of a surprise, but this year both the show and her co-star Kevin Spacey (who won last year) were snubbed, suggesting the Globes might be moving on from “House of Cards.”

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“Empire” photo credit: Fox
“Outlander” photo credit: Starz

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