At Sunday’s 69th Emmys ceremony, Hulu’s streaming hit “The Handmaid’s Tale” is predicted to win trophies for both Best Drama Directing and Best Drama Writing, according to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds. The series premiere episode, titled “Offred” after Elisabeth Moss‘s lead character, is directed by Reed Morano and has leading 6/5 odds to triumph in that category.
“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. It’s also 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 Directing category at the 2017 Emmys. Click here to jump to our analysis of Best Drama Writing.
BEST DRAMA DIRECTING
“Better Call Saul” (AMC) — “Witness” by Vince Gilligan
Gilligan is a two-time winner for producing “Breaking Bad” when it won Best Drama Series (2013 and 2014). He was previously nominated in this category for directing three episodes of “Breaking Bad”: “Pilot” (2008), “Face Off” (2012), and “Felina” (2014). This is Gilligan’s first directing bid for “Better Call Saul,” for the episode in which Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) makes his first appearance.
“The Crown” (Netflix) — “Hyde Park Corner” by Stephen Daldry
Daldry is a three-time Oscar nominee for “Billy Elliot” (2000), “The Hours” (2002) and “The Reader” (2008), though he has yet to win. He earned his first two Emmy noms this year for producing and directing “The Crown.” “Hyde Park Corner” is the second episode of the first season, with Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) out touring the Commonwealth.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) — “The Bridge” by Kate Dennis
This is the first major American awards citation for Dennis, though she’s been nominated thrice at the Australian Directors Guild. “The Bridge” is the penultimate episode of Season 1, and ends with a memorable climax on an overpass between Moss’s Offred and Madeline Brewer‘s Ofwarren.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) — “Offred” by Reed Morano
While this is Morano’s first directing bid, last week she was also nominated for Best Half-Hour Cinematography for the pilot of “Divorce,” though she lost to “Veep.” “Offred” is the pilot episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” that started it all, and Morano is Gold Derby’s frontrunner to win her first Emmy Award.
“Homeland” (Showtime) — “America First” by Lesli Linka Glatter
With one Oscar nomination under belt (“Tales of Meeting and Parting” in 1985), Glatter is now a five-time Emmy nominee for directing television: “Mad Men” in 2010 and “Homeland” in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Can she finally win this time for helming the “Homeland” Season 6 finale?
“Stranger Things” (Netflix) — “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” by The Duffer Brothers
These are the first directing bids for brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. The first episode of the series is a visual feast for the eyes, with a boy going missing in the 1980s due to supernatural occurrences and his childhood friends trying to find him.
“Westworld” (HBO) — “The Bicameral Mind” by Jonathan Nolan
Nolan earned an Oscar bid in 2000 for co-writing “Memento” with his brother Christopher Nolan. He earned his first three Emmy nominations this year, for producing, writing and directing HBO’s sci-fi/western. “The Bicameral Mind” is the Season 1 finale in which many of the titular theme park’s secrets are finally revealed.
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