Gold Derby predicted that Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) would easily win her second consecutive Emmy Award for Best Drama Actress, however Claire Foy (“The Crown”) stopped her at the finish line. Of Gold Derby’s 27 Emmy Experts from major media outlets, Foy was the pick of only two, giving her second-place odds of 8/1. Moss led with a whopping 18 Experts predicting her to win, resulting in leading 4/9 odds. Foy is TV’s reigning two-time SAG champ, so it really wasn’t a surprise to see her winning at the Emmys, particularly since she earned extra buzz from leaving Netflix’s regal drama along with the rest of the main stars in a massive re-casting ahead of Season 3.
Moss plays June/Offred on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a woman who lives as a concubine for the rich and powerful in a dystopian future. She submitted the episode “The Last Ceremony” for Emmy consideration in which she goes into false labor and is then raped by the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). After previously losing a whopping six trophies for “Mad Men” and another for “Top of the Lake,” Moss now must make do with her two Emmys from last year: Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Series as a producer of the show.
Further down our winner’s chart in third place with 17/2 odds was Sandra Oh (“The Killing”), who was predicted to win by four Experts. BBC America’s “Killing Eve” marked the sixth career Emmy nomination for Oh after earning five consecutive bids for “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-09). She portrays MI5 officer Eve Polastri who’s hot on the trail of international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in her episode submission, titled “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms.”
In fourth place at 14/1 odds was Keri Russell (who was the pick of three Experts) for the final season of FX’s “The Americans.” Russell has long been a TV favorite thanks to her breakout role on “Felicity,” which earned her a Golden Globe in 1999. This marked her third Emmy bid for FX’s “The Americans” (2016-18) for playing Russian spy Elizabeth Jennings. Her episode choice was “The Summit,” in which she seduces a young government worker but can’t bring herself to kill him. Her on-screen co-star and off-screen partner, Matthew Rhys, won Best Drama Actor.
Rounding out the category, Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) was fifth place at 50/1 odds and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) was last place at 80/1 odds. Of note, Maslany just won this category in 2016, the last time she was eligible, and Wood’s HBO robot drama was airing during the Emmy voting process.