2018 Golden Globe predictions: Can Alexander Skarsgard hold off Sean Hayes to win Best Supporting Actor?

The Golden Globes are unique in their races for TV supporting actors. Unlike the awards for lead performers that are divided by genre, the supporting races combine movies, limited series, dramas, and comedies all into one. That makes them among the most challenging categories to predict. It’s also perhaps the only place where you could see a head-to-head match-up between Alexander Skarsgard‘s sinister performance as an abusive husband in “Big Little Lies” and Sean Hayes‘s scene-stealing work on NBC’s revived sitcom “Will & Grace.” As of this writing those are our two frontrunners for Best TV Supporting Actor.

Skarsgard currently has a significant advantage with leading odds of 13/8. That includes support from five of our Experts from top media outlets who have made their predictions so far, five Gold Derby Editors, 22 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Golden Globe TV noms, and 18 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ prediction results.

“Big Little Lies” is riding a wave of momentum following the Emmys, where it won eight awards, including Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for Skarsgard, but he didn’t have to face off against comedy and drama series actors. And Hayes could be an especially formidable rival since he’s also a past Emmy winner with a big Globes IOU: he was nominated six times for “Will & Grace” during its original run (2000-2005), but he never won. He ranks second in our combined predictions with 5/1 odds, including support from one of our Top 24 and three of our All-Stars. And “Will & Grace” has the added benefit of airing in the fall, so it will be fresher in mind than “Big Little Lies,” which concluded back in April.

Do you agree with our predictions, or are we underestimating any of Skarsgard and Hayes’s rivals?

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 11. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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