Last year, even as “This is Us” became a whirlwind success with audiences and on the awards circuit, Sterling K. Brown wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe. This year, he’s walking home with the trophy for Best Actor in a TV Drama.
Brown was considered the favorite going into Sunday night, having won the Emmy award in the same category for his performance as Randall Pearson, one of the three triplets on NBC’s biggest drama hit.
The 2018 field for Best Actor in a TV Drama was a competitive one, filled with character newcomers and familiar favorites. On the heels of the wild early success of “The Good Doctor,” Freddie Highmore could easily have nabbed the award from a voting base that loves rewarding popular broadcast shows. “Ozark” was a surprise hit of the summer, which whisked star Jason Bateman to a nomination. Bob Odenkirk and Liev Schrieber also had plenty of past recognition working in their favor.
Brown’s win bodes well for the overall prospects of “This is Us,” which is also nominated for Best Drama Series.