Do you think you know who’s going to win the TV races at Sunday’s Golden Globes? Hey, not so fast! Even though Gold Derby’s racetrack odds favor acting winners like Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) in the lead races, there are four potential upsets that could happen on Sunday night. Scroll down for a closer look at these nail-biting Golden Globes races.
Best TV Comedy Actress
Predicted winner: Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Potential upset: Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Last year’s winner Brosnahan is the odds-on frontrunner to win again, but she has an uphill climb because no one’s claimed victory in this category back-to-back in a decade. Since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves being the first organization to reward fresh blood, that makes Bell the perfect candidate as she’s a first-time nominee and she also has the cool factor. The other three contenders in this category — Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”), Alison Brie (“GLOW”) and Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”) — do not have corresponding nominations for their series, showing a lack of support overall from Golden Globes voters.
Best TV Comedy Actor
Predicted winner: Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Potential upset: Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Douglas has a lot going for him: he’s a movie star, he’s on a brand new show and he’s a former two-time Globe acting winner. But hey, Carrey is also a movie star, on a brand new show and a former two-time Globe acting winner. So why might Carrey upset Douglas? There’s a good chance that “The Kominsky Method” will win Best Comedy Series, which means Douglas will receive a Golden Globe as one of the show’s producers. “Kidding” has an uphill climb to win that series prize, according to our odds, so voters could split the difference and give Douglas the producing trophy and Carrey the acting statuette.
Best TV Drama Actress
Predicted winner: Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Potential upset: Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Oh is a favorite of the Golden Globes, winning a trophy for “Grey’s Anatomy” back in 2006. Now she’s not only back as an acting nominee, but as the ceremony’s co-host with Andy Samberg. You may think Oh is unbeatable, but you’d be foolish to discount Balfe. HFPA voters are well aware that “Outlander” is a worldwide phenomenon and that they’d be heralded by fans everywhere as the first awards show to put it on the map with a victory. With four consecutive bids for Balfe in this category, the Globes are beginning to look silly that they haven’t yet given her the trophy. What are they waiting for already?
Best TV Drama Actor
Predicted winner: Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Potential upset: Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
It’s a bit of a question mark why Rhys is predicted to win for the final season of “The Americans.” After all, FX’s spy drama has never taken home a single Golden Globe, so why now? Instead, voters may choose to reward one of the fresh new stars in this category. Madden seems the most likely thanks to his “Game of Thrones” pedigree and the red-hot action of “Bodyguard,” but also watch out for newcomers Billy Porter (“Pose”) and Stephan James (“Homecoming”). All three of these news shows are also up for Best Drama Series, which makes the lead actor race one of the toughest all year to predict.
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