Blessed be the fruit! At this Sunday’s Emmy ceremony, Hulu’s streaming hit “The Handmaid’s Tale” is predicted to win trophies for both Best Drama Writing and Best Drama Directing, according to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds. The series premiere episode, titled “Offred” after Elisabeth Moss‘s lead character, is written by Bruce Miller and based on the book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Miller has leading 4/9 odds to prevail.
Don’t forget, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won a trio of Emmys at the Creative Arts ceremony: Best Guest Actress for Alexis Bledel, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography. It’s also now the frontrunner to take home Best Drama Actress for Moss and is in second place in our predictions to win Best Drama Series, behind only Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
Let’s take a closer look at the Best Drama Writing category at the 2017 Emmys. Click here to jump to our analysis of Best Drama Directing.
BEST DRAMA WRITING
“The Americans” (FX) — “The Soviet Division” by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
These are the third Emmy nominations for showrunners Fields and Weisberg, who last year earned double bids for writing “Persona Non Grata” and producing the series on its first (and so far only) Best Drama Series citation. “The Soviet Division” was the Season 5 finale in which Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) consider putting an end to their spy work.
“Better Call Saul” (AMC) — “Chicanery” by Gordon Smith
After earning a breakthrough nomination for Best Drama Writing for the Season 1 episode “Five-O” on his very first script, Smith returns to the category with “Chicanery,” the fan-favorite episode of Season 3 in which brothers Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Chuck (Michael McKean) face off in court.
“The Crown” (Netflix) — “Assassins” by Peter Morgan
This two-time Oscar nominee for writing “The Queen” (2006) and “Frost/Nixon” (2008) contends yet again at the Emmy Awards. He was previously cited for producing “Longford” (2007), and writing and producing “The Special Relationship” (2010). “Assassins” is remembered by fans of “The Crown” for being the standout episode for John Lithgow, who portrays an aging Winston Churchill.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) — “Offred” by Bruce Miller
Miller earned his first two career industry noms this year for both producing and writing “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The series premiere, “Offred,” begins the television adaptation that’s based on Atwood’s best-selling dystopian novel.
“Stranger Things” (Netflix) — “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” by The Duffer Brothers
These are the first writing bids for brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. The first episode of the series introduces us to a mysterious world in which a boy goes missing in the 1980s due to possibly supernatural occurrences.
“Westworld” (HBO) — “The Bicameral Mind” by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan
Joy is a double nominee this year, her first awards bids ever, for both writing and producing HBO’s sci-fi/western series. She co-wrote this season finale with Nolan, who earned an Oscar bid in 2000 for co-writing “Memento” with his brother Christopher Nolan. Nolan is also up for directing and producing this year. Can they both win for penning “The Bicameral Mind,” the standout Season 1 finale?
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