Emmy experts predict Best Drama Actor: Sterling K. Brown overwhelming favorite over Bob Odenkirk, Anthony Hopkins …

Hey, Sterling K. Brown: Is your Emmy speech ready yet for “This Is Us”? Brown is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Drama Actor at the 2017 Emmys, according to our experts from major media outlets. As breakout character Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit family drama, Brown could become the first black actor to win Best Drama Actor in 19 years, since Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) took home the gold in 1998. (Watch Brown address this topic in our exclusive interview.) However, Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”) also have support from our experts, so there’s no telling what might happen on Emmy night.

As of this writing 16 journalists have made their predictions at Gold Derby, and these 11 believe that Brown will win: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). This would be Brown’s second Emmy triumph after winning Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor last year for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Four of our Emmy prognosticators predict that Odenkirk will be the category’s winner for playing Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on AMC’s legal spinoff of “Breaking Bad.” They are: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Adnan Virk (ESPN). Though he lost both of his acting Emmys so far for “Better Call Saul,” Odenkirk did win a pair of Best Variety Writing trophies for “Saturday Night Live” (1989) and “The Ben Stiller Show” (1993).

The remaining Emmy guru — Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) — goes out on a limb predicting that Hopkins will prevail for playing Dr. Robert Ford on HBO’s “Westworld,” the puppet-master of the western theme park filled with humanistic robots. Remember, Hopkins is an Oscar champ for “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), something that never hurts with TV academy members as there is much cache to having an Oscar winner standing on their Emmy stage.

None of our Emmy experts are currently predicting a victory for any other Best Drama Actor nominees: Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”). What leading man do YOU think will prevail at the 2017 Emmys?

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