When “The Crown” first debuted on Netflix in the fall of 2016, its breakout star, Claire Foy, went on to win the Golden Globe and SAG Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II. However, she ended up losing the Emmy for Best Drama Actress to Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Moss did go on to repeat her victory at this year’s Globes, but Foy managed to pull a shocking upset at the SAG Awards for the second season of “The Crown.” Could the Netflix star be a threat at this year’s Emmys?
After having gone through seven prior losses for “Mad Men” and “Top of the Lake,” it was her performance in the role of June Osbourne/Offred that finally won Moss an Emmy last year. Not only that, but she also managed to win Best Drama Series as a producer on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
With Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiering April 25 on Hulu, Moss will be a threat for sure to earn her second consecutive win. Within the last 18 years there have been five repeat champs in the category for Best Drama Actress, so a potential repeat victory for Moss would put a damper on Foy’s hopes of winning.
As a refresher, Edie Falco won this category twice for “The Sopranos” (2001 and 2003). Allison Janney won twice for “The West Wing” (2002 and 2004). Glenn Close won two years in a row for “Damages” (2008-09). Julianna Margulies won twice for “The Good Wife” (2011 and 2014). And Claire Danes won two years in a row for “Homeland” (2012-13).
But then again, the second season of “The Crown” is going to be Claire Foy’s last time competing as Queen Elizabeth II, given that Olivia Colman will be taking over the role for the next two seasons. Might Emmy voters be able to resist the opportunity to award her body of work on the show as a whole?