“I really, really didn’t expect this to happen and I’m totally shaking,” said a breathless Elisabeth Moss in January 2014 when she won the Golden Globe for Best Movie/Mini Actress for Sundance’s limited series “Top of the Lake.” Now that Moss is back on TV with her highly praised performance in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” we thought it’d be a fun to take a trip down memory lane and relive Moss’s biggest awards moment of her decades-long career. Watch her Golden Globe acceptance speech above.
Even though Moss became a household name playing young copywriter Peggy Olson in AMC’s “Mad Men,” it was her role as determined Detective Robin Griffin in “Top of the Lake” that brought her to the Golden Globe stage three years ago. Indeed, she never won a Globe or an Emmy for “Mad Men,” despite starring on that acclaimed drama series for all seven seasons.
Perhaps Moss’s new role in “The Handmaid’s Tale” will bring her the same awards success as “Top of the Lake”? She plays Offred in the dystopian-set drama, a woman who lives in a theocratic society in the near future where fertile women are forced to bear children for the rich and powerful. Even though only three episodes have streamed so far, Moss is already earning Emmy buzz for her performance.
Golden Globe-winning “Top of the Lake” was written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. The story was set in New Zealand and followed Det. Griffin’s investigation into a missing pre-teen pregnant girl, with David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Tom Wright and Holly Hunter also starring. Moss is set to return for Season 2 of the atmospheric series in 2017, alongside Nicole Kidman in a new role.
Moss’s subtle yet impactful performance in “Top of the Lake” impressed the Golden Globes voters so much that they awarded her over legendary names like Helena Bonham Carter (“Burton & Taylor”), Rebecca Ferguson (“The White Queen”), Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Coven”) and Helen Mirren (“Phil Spector”). “The idea that I would ever be in the same breath with any of you is already a dream come true,” Moss gushed at the Golden Globes podium. Will she be making her first trip to the Emmy stage this year for “The Handmaid’s Tale”?
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