Claire Foy got off to a great start last year for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown,” winning both the Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Drama Actress for season one. But then “The Handmaid’s Tale” debuted this past spring starring Elizabeth Moss, who walked away with the Emmy instead of Foy. Heading back to the Golden Globes this year, Foy will once again face her awards nemesis, and if she wins her rematch against Moss it’ll be doubly special since Foy would be only the second actress to win Best TV Drama Actress back-to-back.
Several actresses have won this category multiple times — including four-time champ Angela Lansbury (“Murder She Wrote”) and two-time winners Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey” and “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill”), and Lee Remick (“The Blue Knight” and “Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill”) — but Claire Danes (“Homeland”) is the only actress to date to win this category consecutively (2012-2013). Now Foy could very well join her. Currently, according to Gold Derby’s exclusive odds, Foy is in second place with odds of 9/2. Moss currently has the advantage with odds of 8/5. But we may find out who the stronger contender really is based on whether they receive a second nomination; both have additional projects this year that will be eligible for awards.
Moss is expected to receive a Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress bid for reprising her Globe winning “Top of the Lake” role in the 2017 sequel “Top of the Lake: China Girl“; she’s in fifth place with odds of 14/1, though she should be wary of Carrie Coon (“Fargo”), Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), and Edie Falco (“Law & Order: The Menendez Murders”), who are within striking distance of taking her spot. Foy, meanwhile, could also be nominated for Best Film Supporting Actress for the film “Breathe,” in which she plays the wife of a man paralyzed by polio. but she’s at a disadvantage there with 100/1 odds.
However, it may also be a deciding factor that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may want to give Foy a goodbye hug as this will be her final season of “The Crown” before Olivia Colman takes over the role of Elizabeth II in season three. They may want to send her out on top with another coronation fit for a queen.
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