Golden Globes 2018 predictions: Elisabeth Moss and Claire Foy battle to be named Best TV Drama Actress

According to Gold Derby’s combined odds, the race for Best TV Drama Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes will be a battle between Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Claire Foy (“The Crown”). Both actresses have already been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Moss winning for “Top of the Lake” and Foy prevailing last year for the first season of “The Crown.” Who do YOU think will win the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama Actress?

Both leading ladies star on relatively new TV programs — “The Handmaid’s Tale” aired its first season in the spring, while “The Crown” Season 2 streams December 8. That’s key because Golden Globe voters 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. This would be Moss’s third career Golden Globe nomination following a 2011 bid for “Mad Men” and her 2014 victory for “Top of the Lake.”

Foy portrays young Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s regal drama, for which she won last year’s Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Drama Actress. If Foy prevails again she’ll join an exclusive club with Danes, who’s the only person in the history of this category to win two Globes in a row. 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.

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”) and Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”).

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