2018 Emmy predictions: Experts diagnose Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’) as Sterling K. Brown’s closest rival

Sterling K. Brown is quickly becoming an Emmy favorite, having taken home a pair of trophies over the past two years, for both “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (2016) and “This Is Us” (2017). If anyone is going to stop Brown from winning another Best Drama Actor Emmy for “This Is Us,” our Expert journalists who have chimed in with their early predictions say it’ll be Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”). Do YOU think our Experts are right? Hurry and make your own Emmy predictions right now.

Seven out of nine Experts are betting on Brown to take home his second consecutive trophy for “This Is Us”: Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). That gives Brown leading odds of 10/3 to win again.

For this second season of NBC’s hit family drama, Brown’s character Randall Pearson was front and center in an emotional storyline involving becoming a foster parent. Fans also saw Randall dealing with the aftermath of the death of his biological father (Emmy nominee Ron Cephas Jones). Brown could also get an Emmy boost for hosting “Saturday Night Live” and for starring in the superhero blockbuster “Black Panther.”

Our two remaining Experts — Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo) — are banking on Highmore to walk away with his first major career trophy thanks to “The Good Doctor.” That puts Highmore in second place in our Experts’ rankings with 5/1 odds. 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,” will Highmore finally get his time in the awards spotlight?

Who else might be earning Emmy nominations for Best Drama Actor, according to our Experts from major media outlets? Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) is in third place with 7/1 odds, followed by Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) at 7/1 odds, Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) at 15/2 odds, and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) at 18/1 odds. Rounding out the Top 10 are J.K. Simmons (“Counterpart”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Donald Sutherland (“Trust”) and Jonathan Groff (“Mindhunter”).

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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