Golden Globes TV predictions: Freddie Highmore gaining on Sterling K. Brown in nail-biting Best Drama Actor race

Close to 1,000 people have made their 2018 Golden Globes predictions at Gold Derby, and Best TV Drama Actor is turning out to be one of the year’s most nail-biting races. While Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) is the current frontrunner with leading 11/10 odds, “The Good Doctor” star Freddie Highmore (13/8 odds) is steadily gaining on him. The other three nominees are Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) with 9/1 odds, Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) with 50/1 odds and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) with 50/1 odds. Do you agree with our racetrack odds? Hurry and make your own Golden Globes predictions right now.

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. In fact, the Globes snubbed him completely for the first season of “This Is Us,” though he did get nominated in the supporting category for “O.J.” at last year’s ceremony. For this second season of NBC’s hit family drama, Brown’s character Randall Pearson has been front and center in an emotional storyline involving becoming a foster parent. If voters are watching, he’ll be tough to beat.

However, one thing the Golden Globes love more than anything is to be the first to honor new television shows. That benefits both Highmore and Batemen, as they’re the only two nominees from freshman drama series.

Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism, on ABC’s red-hot medical drama. After years of being snubbed for “Bates Motel,” might Highmore finally get his time in the spotlight thanks to “The Good Doctor”? And Bateman is a former Globe winner for “Arrested Development” as Best TV Comedy Actor, so we know voters already love him. Will the Golden Globes want to be the first ones to anoint Bateman for Netflix’s gritty new crime thriller “Ozark”?

Schreiber and Odenkirk are tied for last place on our charts likely because their shows are no longer fresh and sparkly in the eyes of the Golden Globes. “Ray Donovan” recently concluded its fifth season on Showtime, while AMC’s “Better Call Saul” is on hiatus between Seasons 3 and 4. Sure, occasionally older shows do win in this category — just look at Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) being rewarded for their farewell seasons — but those instances are the exceptions to the rule.

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