Golden Globes predictions: Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) and James Franco (‘The Deuce’) face off 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 tight race between Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and James Franco (“The Deuce”). Brown has won two Emmys over the past two years for his roles on “This Is Us” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but so far he hasn’t taken home a Globe. Franco, meanwhile, is a Globe winner for “James Dean” (2001) and earned additional noms for “Pineapple Express” (2008) and “127 Hours” (2010).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Brown last year in the catch-all supporting category for playing prosecutor Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Perhaps that citation explains why they snubbed him completely for his “This Is Us” role at last year’s ceremony, which is a bit odd when you consider that he just won the Emmy as Best Drama Actor for his breakthrough performance of Randall Pearson on NBC’s family drama.

Franco is an executive producer of HBO’s period drama “The Deuce,” which is set in New York in the 1970s. He plays twin brothers Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, who become fronts for the mob out of Times Square. The fact that Franco is a movie star certainly won’t hurt his chances, as HFPA voters love when A-listers come to television — just ask recent winners Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Brown currently comes in first place in Gold Derby’s predictions for Best TV Drama Actor at the Golden Globes with 2/1 odds, while Franco is just behind him at 4/1 odds. Rounding out the Top 7 most likely contenders, there’s Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) with 15/2 odds, Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) with 9/1 odds, Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) with 12/1 odds, Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) with 22/1 odds and Jonathan Groff (“Mindhunter”) with 28/1 odds. See more Golden Globes odds and rankings.

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