Can Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) finally win an Emmy after seven combined losses for “Mad Men” (2009-2013, 2015) and “Top of the Lake” (2013)? Or might newcomer Claire Foy (“The Crown”) be coronated the Emmy champ? Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery wage war over all of the 2017 Emmy frontrunners, and even some important underdogs, during our recent in-depth slugfest. Our Best Drama Actress discussion begins at the 15:33 mark in the video above.
When our editors’ predictions are combined, the Top 10 contenders for Best Drama Actress are Moss, Foy, Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”), Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”) and Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”).
Montgomery sets up the race by declaring, “Speaking of categories where we could have a bunch of new nominees, here we’ve got the reigning champion Tatiana Maslany not in the running this year because ‘Orphan Black’ didn’t come back until June. That in itself was such a big surprise last year, so what even happens here?”
Dixon notes, “For months I was picking Viola Davis, the winner two years ago before Tatiana, and of course she just won the Oscar for ‘Fences’ and she has all of the industry admiration — they love her.” But after watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, Dixon changed his prediction. “It’s unquestionable in my mind who deserves to win Best Drama Actress, and that’s Elisabeth Moss. This is someone they kind of owe an Emmy. Give her the Emmy!”
“It’s a fun category,” adds Beachum. “When you get past whatever six you’ve got in your predictions, you’re leaving out at least four to six that probably could have made it any other year.” However, Beachum doesn’t think Davis will make it back in. “There’s just too many people. Every show we’re talking about could be up for Best Drama Series, or very close to being in.”
Later on Montgomery remarks, “It’s kind of gratifying that [the actress races] are some of the most competitive at these awards. We can almost never say the same thing about Best Actress at the Oscars.”
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