2018 Golden Globes: Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’) will be 33rd winner from rookie drama series

Freddie Highmore, star of the breakout hit medical drama “The Good Doctor,” is out front to win at Sunday’s Golden Globes according to the predictions of our in-house team of editors. They tip him to take the TV Drama Actor prize over recent Emmy champ Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) by a whopping seven to one margin. Brown still has the backing of a majority of our experts, who are drawn from major media outlets, as well as the Top 24 Users from last year and the All-Stars (the two dozen users who did the best for two years running).

However, Highmore should have the edge based on the history of this category. Since it was introduced in 1960, a whopping 32 of the 54 winners have been the stars of rookie TV shows, including last year’s champ Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”).

Brown is nominated for the second season of the family drama “This Is Us.” He was snubbed by the Golden Globes last year, even though his show and featured players Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore were nominated. He did contend over in the supporting actor category for his Emmy-winning turn on “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” but was bested by Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”).

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The other four nominees include another leading actor from a first-year show: Jason Bateman from the Netflix series crime drama “Ozark.” One of our 18 experts – Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) – is predicting an upset by Bateman. She could be on to something as we know that the Globe voters like this TV veteran. They awarded him the TV Comedy Actor prize back in 2004 for “Arrested Development.”

The race is rounded out by Liev Schreiber, who has lost his previous four consecutive bids for “Ray Donovan,” and “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, who is hoping that third time is the charm.

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