Golden Globe predictions: Aziz Ansari (‘Master of None’) takes the lead for Best TV Comedy Actor

It has been two years since Aziz Ansari was first nominated at the Golden Globes for Best TV Comedy Actor for the Netflix series “Master of None,” but he has taken the lead in our 2018 predictions. Will the second time be the charm? It may be the last chance for Globe voters to honor Ansari, for a while at least.

As of this writing five out of the eight Expert TV journalists we’ve polled are forecasting a victory for Ansari: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Adnan Virk (ESPN). Ansari also has support from 12 of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Globe nominations. And he’s also backed by 13 of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Globe noms predictions. Altogether Ansari gets leading odds of 23/10.

This had previously been a close race between Ansari and 2015 winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). However, Tambor announced his exit from the series this fall amid sexual harassment allegations, so the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may wish to avoid the controversy.

And it’s possible voters won’t get another opportunity to reward Ansari for this series anytime soon. He told the Hollywood Reporter this past summer, “I’d rather we not end it here. I’d rather make [another season] at some point in my life. I don’t know when that is, years from now or whatever.” Perhaps he’ll be like Larry David, then. David’s series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returned this fall for its ninth season after a six-year hiatus. It has managed to thrive despite its irregular schedule, with its nine seasons spanning 17 years, so there may yet be more “Master of None” to come in similar fashion sometime down the line.

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) ranks second in our current predictions with 9/2 odds, followed by David in third with 6/1 odds. And don’t count out Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), ranked fourth with 15/2 odds. Do you agree with our current forecasts?

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