‘Alias Grace’: Another chance at Golden Globe for the author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Author Margaret Atwood penned the famous novel that was the basis for the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which swept the Emmys, including a historic victory for Best Drama Series, the first ever for a streaming series. Now “Handmaid’s” is a top contender at the Golden Globes, but this time Atwood’s work will have two chances to strike gold. The limited series “Alias Grace,” based on another novel by Atwood, premiered on Netflix on November 3 to critical acclaim.

As of this writing “Alias Grace” has scored 81 on MetaCritic and 97% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers are describing it as “terrific, immersive, melancholy,” “remarkable,” with performances that are “uniformly first-rate.” Critics are especially singling out lead actress Sarah Gadon, who is “mesmerizing” and “peerless” playing the role of a real-life housemaid who was imprisoned for the murder of her employer in 1843.

“Alias Grace” is a Globes underdog according to our latest predictions — ranked 11th for Best TV Movie/Limited Series and ninth for Gadon as Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress. But the series only just premiered, so its odds may yet rise as our users — and Globe voters — start to watch it. It certainly has a strong enough pedigree. It was scripted by Oscar nominee Sarah Polley (“Away from Her,” “Stories We Tell”) and directed by Mary Harron (“I Shot Andy Warhol,” “American Psycho”).

A few of our smartest users already think it’s a contender. Currently three of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest prediction scores when you combine Golden Globe nominations from the last two years, think it will contend in the top category, and two of them believe Gadon will make the cut for her starring role. Do you agree with them that we’re underestimating “Alias Grace”?

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 11. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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