Elisabeth Moss nearly swept the awards circuit for the first season of Hulu’s breakout dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She won the Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards for both her lead performance and for producing the show. Just when she was about to complete her run at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, she lost Best TV Drama Actress to defending champ Claire Foy (“The Crown”) and Best TV Drama Ensemble to the cast of NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.”
Even though she has a whopping 11 nominations under her belt, Moss has never taken home an individual SAG Award, having only won twice as part of “Mad Men”‘s ensemble in 2009 and 2010. Will Moss finally win her first solo SAG for the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale?”
Shouldn’t the fact that she didn’t win last year hurt her? Not so fast! It’s not unusual for SAG voters to award performers for later seasons after not handing them the statuette for their freshman season. For instance:
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”): nominated for Best TV Drama Actor in 2017 for season 1, won in 2018 for season 2
Claire Danes (“Homeland”): snubbed for Best TV Drama Actress in 2012 for season 1, won in 2013 for season 2
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”): snubbed for Best TV Comedy Actress in 2007 for season 1, won in 2008 for season 2
Kiefer Sutherland (“24”): snubbed for Best TV Drama Actor in 2002 for season 1, won in 2004 for season 3
Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”): snubbed for Best TV Drama Actress in 2006 for seasons 1 and 2, won in 2007 for season 3
Moss could join that list and ride the narrative of never having won an individual award. Apart from her nomination for “Handmaid’s,” her previous individual bids were for Best Drama Actress for “Mad Men” (2009, 2011) and Best Limited Series/ TV Movie Actress for “Top of the Lake” (2014). Her seven other nominations were for being part of “Mad Men”‘s (2008-2012, 2013, 2016) and “The Handmaid’s Tale”‘s (2018) ensembles.
And the good news for Moss is that two-time reigning champ Foy, who also just defeated her at the Emmys, is out of the running, as she has left “The Crown,” which will premiere Season 3 next year with Olivia Colman replacing Foy as part of a cast overhaul.
According to our early combined SAG odds, Moss will nab a nomination alongside Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) for Best TV Drama Actress. Currently, she is the odds-on favorite to win with odds of 17/2.
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