Earlier this year, Claire Foy won Best Drama Actress at both the Golden Globes and SAG for her breakout performance as Queen Elizabeth II on the first season of Netflix’s “The Crown”. She seemed poised to top off her winning streak with an Emmy. Then Hulu debuted “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which won Elisabeth Moss her first Emmy Award on Sept. 17 after a whopping eight losses.
With the Emmy-winning drama series set to compete for the first time at the upcoming Golden Globes and SAG Awards, how will Moss fare? Could she ride the wave of Emmy success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” to more trophies.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves to put a new show on the map as opposed to going with yesterday’s news, which helps “Handmaid’s Tale.” And in four of the last seven years, the awards for Best Drama Series and Drama Actress have gone hand-in-hand.
“Homeland” won Drama Series for its first two seasons in 2012 and 2013 while taking its leading lady, Claire Danes, alone for the ride both times. In 2015, “The Affair” won Drama Series for its first season with its female lead, Ruth Wilson, winning as well. And earlier this year, “The Crown” won Drama Series with Foy also prevailing.
As for SAG, Moss has won two ensemble awards as a cast member of “Mad Men” in 2009 and 2010, but lost her three individual bids. Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) parlayed her 2011 SAG win for Drama Actress into an Emmy later that year. In 2012, Danes won the first of her two Emmys for “Homeland” while going on to win at SAG a few months later. In 2015, Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) won her first SAG Award for television, then the Emmy and again at SAG the following year.
And Moss may find herself a double nominee at both awards groups as she could contend over on the limited series side for the second season of “Top of the Lake.” She won her only Globe for this role in 2014 and was also nominated at the SAG Awards.