2018 Emmy predictions by Experts: David Harbour is frontrunner to win for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 in John Lithgow’s absence

David Harbour, is your Emmy speech ready yet for “Stranger Things” Season 2? According to our Expert journalists who’ve chimed in with their early predictions, Harbour is the frontrunner to win this year’s trophy for Best Drama Supporting Actor. In addition, six of our website Editors, 14 of our Top 24 Users and nine of our Top 24 All Stars also predict that now is the time for Harbour to walk away with his first Emmy Award after losing last year to John Lithgow (“The Crown”). The good news? Lithgow won’t be back this year, which opens the door for someone new to claim the prize.

Harbour plays police chief Jim Hopper on Netflix’s sci-fi drama, a character who had even more screen time and impact in the second season thanks to his many scenes with Millie Bobby Brown‘s Eleven. Just like Hopper, Harbour is known for giving great speeches. In fact, Harbour’s memorable SAG speech in 2017 as part of the show’s cast victory even made our list of that year’s best awards moments. Might Emmy voters want to reward Harbour in order to get their own viral moment?

In addition to last year’s Emmy bid Harbour was also recently honored with nominations at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards. His individual SAG nomination at the 2018 ceremony was indeed an impressive accomplishment, as that awards group combines lead and supporting TV performances and only allows five nominees per category.

Five of our nine Experts are currently predicting that Harbour will take home the Best Drama Supporting Actor trophy for “Stranger Things”: Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN). That gives Harbour leading odds of 7/2 to win his first Emmy.

The other four Experts — Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Ben Travers (IndieWire) — are instead putting their money on Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”). Wright earned a nomination last year for “Westworld” as a robot who discovers his true identity, but the jury is still out on his performance this year as Season 2 doesn’t premiere until April 22.

Rounding out our Experts’ predicted nominees are Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Ed Harris (“Westworld”) and Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”). See more Emmy odds and rankings.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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