Emmy Experts say Yvonne Strahovski (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) could take down evil Aunt Lydia

Most of the Expert journalists we’ve polled for their Emmy predictions expect Best Drama Supporting Actress to go to a woman from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But which one? Both Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel won Emmys for the show last year, but several Experts think Yvonne Strahovski will turn her first career nomination into her first career win.

In 2017 “The Handmaid’s Tale” swept the female acting categories for drama, with awards going to Elisabeth Moss (lead), Dowd (supporting) and Bledel (guest). Samira Wiley was also nominated last year in the supporting race, but Strahovski didn’t earn a nomination in year one for her role as Serena Joy, the wife of a domineering commander (Joseph Fiennes) and one of the architects of the theocratic regime of Gilead.

Desperate for a child but unable to conceive one with her husband, Serena cruelly controls her captive handmaid (Moss) in the hopes that she will bear her a child to raise. But in season two Serena starts to have buyer’s remorse about the subjugation of women she helped codify into law, and she pushes the boundaries of her position. And we also learn more of her backstory through flashbacks to her conservative activism before the rise of Gilead.

Now 4 out of 17 Emmy Experts are predicting Strahovski to upset: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). Meanwhile, another nine Experts say Dowd will repeat, and one says Bledel will prevail after being promoted to series regular following her win as a guest last year.

Strahovski was one of the only women in the main cast who wasn’t nominated last year, so Emmy voters may wish to make it up to her, and since Dowd and Bledel are Emmy winners already academy members can feel free to spread to wealth to Strahovski this year instead.

Also, her role in “Handmaid’s” season two was the most prominent among the show’s supporting women, so if voters are paying close attention, which they appear to be given the show’s increase in Emmy support this year, then Strahovski could be the beneficiary, especially if the show goes on another sweep.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 17. Be sure to also predict winners for the Creative Arts ceremonies slated for September 8 and 9. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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