Golden Globes 2018 predictions: Is Elisabeth Moss unbeatable for Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?

According to Gold Derby’s combined odds, the race for Best TV Drama Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes may be over before it’s even begun. Every single one of our industry experts, website editors and Top 24 users are unanimous in predicting that Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will win her second career Golden Globe. The first time Moss prevailed with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was back in 2014 for “Top of the Lake,” and she previously lost one bid for “Mad Men” in 2011 to Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”). Do you agree with our prognosticators that Moss is unbeatable for “The Handmaid’s Tale”?

Last year’s Golden Globe winner was Claire Foy (“The Crown”), but as our writer Amanda Spears reminds us, history is not on Foy’s side to repeat for Best TV Drama Actress. After all, only one person in Golden Globes history won this category consecutively: Claire Danes for “Homeland” (2012-2013). With “The Crown” Season 2 debuting right at the end of the 2017 calendar year, Foy will be fresh in voters’ minds as they go to mark their ballots, but will that be enough to push her over the edge?

Both leading ladies star on relatively new TV programs — Hulu’s “The Handmaids Tale” aired its first season in the spring, while Netflix’s “The Crown” Season 2 streams December 8. That’s key because members of the HFPA are infamous for their love of shiny new shows and stars. Looking back through the past decade of the Best TV Drama Actress category, all of the following women prevailed for their shows’ first or second seasons: Foy, Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Glenn Close (“Damages”).

Moss is coming off a major victory at the Emmy Awards by winning Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She plays Offred on the Hulu hit, a young woman made to act as a concubine for a wealthy family in a dystopian future society. Foy, meanwhile, portrays young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s regal drama, a role which earned her an Emmy nomination and victories at the Globes and SAG Awards.

Besides Moss and Foy, some of the other performers in the running for Best TV Drama Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes are Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”), Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”), Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”) and Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”).

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