Kari Skogland (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) would be fourth woman to win Best Drama Directing Emmy

Last year, Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) became the first woman in 22 years to win the Best Drama Directing Emmy. Fortunately, we probably won’t have to wait anywhere near as long for the next one: Morano’s “Handmaid’s Tale” colleague Kari Skogland is our odds-on favorite to prevail in September for the episode “After.”

If Skogland wins, she’ll be just the fourth female winner of the category, joining Morano, Mimi Leder (“ER,” 1995) and Karen Arthur (“Cagney & Lacey,” 1985). This is her first nomination, and she is the only woman nominated in a field of men that includes Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”), Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Daniel Sackheim (“Ozark”) and the Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”).

SEE Emmy-nominated director Kari Skogland (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) on why she chose to submit ‘After’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Before “Game of Thrones” sat out the 2017 Emmys, it had won directing the previous two years, so this will be the first time “Thrones” and “Handmaid’s” are going head-to-head. Nine of our Experts are siding with Skogland, while five are going with Taylor’s episode “Beyond the Wall” and two are picking Podeswa’s hour “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

“After,” the seventh episode of Season 2, focuses on the aftermath of the bomb attack in the previous episode and finds Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) coming to Offred (Elisabeth Moss) for help. Skogland, who directed three other episodes this season, told Gold Derby she chose to submit the episode because of the “big journey” in it.

“The episode went from this bleak, horrible, emotional moment where we saw all of the handmaids destroyed by the loss of their friends and loved ones,” she said. “The episode went from that, to this ignited moment where Offred literally used a pen like a detonator, much like the detonator in episode six. The pen was mightier than the sword and she clicked it. So we went from this bleak place to where she aligned herself with the devil and she found herself in doing that.”

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