2018 Critics’ Choice TV predictions: David Harbour (‘Stranger Things’) will edge out Michael McKean (‘Better Call Saul’)

Millie Bobby Brown may be the breakout star from “Stranger Things,” but David Harbour will be the first cast member to win a major individual acting prize. That is if our latest predictions for Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards prove to be correct.

With 3/2 odds, Harbour is in first place to win Best Drama Supporting Actor over Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”), who is close behind with 2/1 odds. The remaining four nominees — Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Bobby Cannavale (“Mr. Robot”), Asia Kate Dillon (“Billions”) and Delroy Lindo (“The Good Fight”) — are even at 10/3 odds.

Coming off a strong second season, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and an insta-classic Screen Actors Guild Award speech, Harbour is the only acting nominee for “Stranger Things” at Critics’ Choice (the show didn’t receive any acting nominations last year), which is also up for Best Drama Series. But he is by no ways safe with McKean hot on his tail. The two-time nominee had his best season on “Better Call Saul,” highlighted by the sublime episode “Chicanery,” and outcry was loud and swift from fans and critics alike when McKean was overlooked by the Emmys. Perhaps boding well for him, his co-star Jonathan Banks won this award three years ago.

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Our Experts and Gold Derby Editors are split between these two frontrunners. Two of the three participating Experts, Adnan Virk (ESPN) and myself, are tipping McKean, while Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) is in Harbour’s court. Four Editors — Marcus James Dixon, Paul Sheehan, Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery — are also backing Harbour, with Chris Beachum predicting McKean.

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