Hulu’s drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” won three Emmys at this weekend’s Creative Arts ceremony: Best Guest Actress for Alexis Bledel, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography. With the show on an upward trajectory, Elisabeth Moss is looking quite comfy in Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions for Best Drama Actress. In fact, Moss is holding steady as the frontrunner with leading 1/3 racetrack odds to take home her first Emmy on Sunday night.
This is actually Moss’ eighth career nomination, following six bids for “Mad Men” (Best Drama Actress in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015; Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2010) and one for “Top of the Lake” (Best Movie/Mini Actress in 2013). She competes this year for playing Offred on the Hulu hit, a young woman made to act as a concubine for a wealthy family in a dystopian future society.
Moss faces off against 2015 category winner Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). As a reminder, last year’s Best Drama Actress champ Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) was not eligible to return as her show didn’t air within the eligibility period.
Coming in second place in our Emmy odds is Foy at 11/2 for “The Crown.” She portrays young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s regal drama and has already won the SAG Award and Golden Globe for this role. Might Foy emerge as only the fourth actress to date to win all three top TV kudos in the same year?
Davis plays cunning lawyer Annalise Keating on the addictive ABC drama and is back in the race for the third year in a row. She has 25/1 odds, good enough for third place on our chart. Of course, Davis is a recent Oscar champ for “Fences,” which could now help her prevail at the Emmys for “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Wright continues taking on the role of First Lady-turned-Vice President Claire Underwood Netflix’s political thriller. In a savvy move, the recent season was streamed just one day before the end of 2017 Emmy eligibility, which no doubt helped Wright secure her fifth consecutive bid. She has 40/1 odds to win for “House of Cards.”
Wood portrays robot Dolores Abernathy on HBO’s sci-fi western, for which she recently took home the Critics’ Choice Award. This is Wood’s second career Emmy nomination following her 2011 bid for “Mildred Pierce.” She has 50/1 odds to win for “Westworld.”
Russell plays KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings on FX’s drama, earning only her second career bid after years working in television. In Russell’s favor is the fact that she’s constantly going undercover as Elizabeth, so she gets to play many different versions of the same character. She has 66/1 odds to win for “The Americans.”
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