Neil Patrick Harris (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’): Could he finally win Golden Globe 29 years after his 1st bid at age 15?

Could Neil Patrick Harris finally win his first Golden Globe this season? It may be surprising that he’s never won before considering that he’s been working in the industry since he was a teenager. In fact, his first major awards recognition was at the Globes, where he contended for Best Film Supporting Actor in 1989 for his big-screen debut, “Clara’s Heart.” He was just 15-years-old when he earned that bid. This year he may be a contender for his Netflix comedy “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and it would be a win almost 30 years in the making.

Not long after “Clara’s Heart” Harris debuted in his star-making TV role as the title teen prodigy in “Doogie Howser M.D.” He earned his second Globe nomination for that series: Best TV Comedy Actor in 1992, when he was still just 18. After that it took Harris quite a while to be singled out again by the Hollywood Foreign Press, but his career got another boost in the 2000s with his scene-stealing role as Barney Stinson in the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” He earned a pair of Globe nominations for Best TV Supporting Actor (2009-2010), but he still hasn’t won.

Now he’s stealing scenes again as the evil and chameleonic Count Olaf in “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which debuted back in January and has since been renewed for two more seasons. Globe voters often gravitate towards the most recent TV premieres, so “Unfortunate Events” may have been too long ago by their usual standards, but the Globes may still want to reward Harris after being the first to put him on the awards map 29 years ago.

Overall he’s an underdog in the Globes race for Best TV Comedy Actor, ranked ninth with 100/1 odds, but a few of our savviest users think we’re underestimating him. He’s predicted for a nomination by two of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Golden Globe nominations. Also expecting him to make the cut are two of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Globe predictions. Do you agree with them?

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