2018 Critics’ Choice TV predictions: Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) needs to clear more room on his mantle

Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) can’t stop, won’t stop winning. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner is set to add a Critics’ Choice Award to his collection Thursday, according to our latest predictions. Brown has overwhelming 1/1 odds to win Best Drama Actor, ahead of Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), who’s back at a distant 3/1 odds. There is a four-way for last between defending champ Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Ian McShane (“American Gods”), Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”).

All three participating TV Experts, Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and myself, and all six participating Gold Derby Editors, including Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, Marcus James Dixon, Paul Sheehan and Rob Licuria, are forecasting an easy victory for Brown.

Brown has been on an awards roll since his breakout performance as Christopher Darden on “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” for which he received an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice Award, and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He picked up an Emmy in September and a Globe Sunday for “This Is Us,” becoming the first black actor to win in the Drama Actor category at the latter.

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Highmore faced off against Brown at the Globes — but for his latest hit series “The Good Doctor,” not “Bates Motel.” Critics’ Choice has always been fond of Highmore’s work on the “Psycho” prequel series, giving him two previous nominations in 2014 and 2015; he lost those bids to Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Odenkirk, respectively. If Odenkirk can upset Brown this year, he’d be the first person to win this category three times.

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