2017 Drama Actress Emmy predictions slugfest: Is Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) unbeatable? [WATCH]

“I think it’s a slam dunk for Elisabeth Moss,” declares Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria during our recent webcam slugfest (watch above). Joining Licuria to analyze Best Drama Actress Emmy race in detail are Gold Derby contributing writers Charles BrightRiley Chow, Zach Laws, Tony Ruiz and Amanda Spears. The nominees in this category are:

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” – “Wes”
Claire Foy, “The Crown” – “Assassins”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – “Night”
Keri Russell, “The Americans” – “Dyatkovo”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” – “The Bicameral Mind”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” – “Chapter 65”

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

“I think it’s a slam dunk, too,” Laws agrees. “She’s way overdue after seven seasons of ‘Mad Men’ and not a single Emmy win.” While the others all believe Moss is out in front, they are wary of a couple of possible spoilers.

“I think this year in all six main acting categories, it’s going to be more connected to who’s in a series nominated for Best Drama Series,” Spears argues. “I think you could make the argument that Claire Foy or Evan Rachel Wood could go along for the ride.”

“Evan Rachel Wood did win the Critics’ Choice Award, and then you have Claire Foy, who won the SAG Award,” Chow says. And Bright remains unsure about whether Foy should have chosen “Assassins” as her episode submission.

Ruiz agrees that while the episode focuses more on Foy’s co-star John Lithgow, it is still strong for her. “She has two things that Emmy voters love in her episode,” Ruiz argues. “She has two big speeches. She has the confrontation with Philip, which is this slow burn of a speech and yet is incredibly emotional, and then she has the confrontation with the Prime Minister.”

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