Golden Globes 2018 predictions: Are we underestimating Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’) as Best TV Drama Actor?

The Best TV Drama Actor category at the 2018 Golden Globes is one of the year’s most exciting races, with Gold Derby’s combined odds predicting a face-off between Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and James Franco (“The Deuce”). But what about Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”)? The buzzed-about star is coming off his cult favorite role of Norman Bates on “Bates Motel” and now headlines TV’s #1 new drama series where he plays autistic doctor Shaun Murphy. Are we all underestimating Freddie Highmore?

Highmore currently comes in fifth place in Gold Derby’s odds for Best TV Drama Actor at the Golden Globes. The top four vote-getters are Brown with 2/1 odds, Franco with 4/1 odds, Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) with 9/1 odds and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) with 9/1 odds. See more Golden Globes odds and rankings.

While Highmore has yet to be nominated at the Golden Globes, the young star was recognized twice at the Critics’ Choice Awards for “Bates Motel” (2014-2015). He also earned four additional noms for his film roles: “Finding Neverland” (2004), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), “A Good Year” (2006) and “August Rush” (2007). In addition, he’s a two-time SAG nominee for “Finding Neverland” as Best Supporting Actor and Best Film Ensemble.

“The Good Doctor” is a ratings bonanza for ABC, so it fits the bill of the Golden Globes as being something hip, cool and fresh. All of last year’s Best TV Drama Actor nominees are eligible to be nominated again, but with so much new blood including Highmore, Brown and Franco, it’s likely there will be massive turnover in this category. Billy Bob Thornton won last year for “Goliath,” and the other nominees were Odenkirk, Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”).

Both Brown and Franco are already known to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as Brown was nominated last year in the catch-all supporting category for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and Franco won for the TV movie “James Dean” (2001). Do YOU think we’re all underestimating Highmore? Sound off down in the comments section.

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