Seven leading men are nominated for Best Drama Actor at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”), Diego Luna (“Narcos: Mexico”), Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Billy Porter (“Pose”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) and Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”). According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, Rhys had better prepare his Critics’ Choice acceptance speech as he’s predicted to win for the final season of “The Americans.” The awards air Sunday, January 13 on the CW network in a ceremony that honors both film and TV.
Our racetrack odds favor Rhys to take home his first prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards after winning the Emmy Award last September for FX’s dearly departed spy drama. He is the pick of these six Experts from major media outlets: Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).
One rogue Expert — Wilson Morales (BlackFilm) — instead believes that Porter will claim victory for the debut season of “Pose,” FX’s shiny new drama series from Ryan Murphy. Porter plays Pray Tell, a 1980s emcee of fahsion balls in New York City.
As for our website staff Editors who cover awards year-round, all seven believe that Rhys will triumph for his show’s final hurrah: Wloszczyna, Eng, Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum and Marcus James Dixon.
Next up are Gold Derby’s Top 24 Users, the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year’s Critics’ Choice TV winners. All of these awards gurus are forecasting Rhys to prevail.
When all of the predictions are combined together, Rhys leads with 6/1 odds, followed by Porter (7/1 odds), Ventimiglia (15/2 odds), Odenkirk (15/2 odds), Madden (15/2 odds), Luna (17/2 odds) and Highmore (17/2 odds). See more Critics’ Choice TV odds and rankings.
The Critics’ Choice TV Awards have been around since 2011, though they had two ceremonies within the 2015 calendar year. Here’s a look at the past eight Best Drama Actor winners: Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (2011), Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad” (2012), Cranston again (2013), Matthew McConaughey for “True Detective” (2014), Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul” (2015-A), Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot” (2015-B), Odenkirk again (2016) and Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us” (2017).
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Critics’ Choice contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Critics’ Choice predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on January 13.