Can Stephen Daldry triumph on 2nd directing Emmy nomination for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’?

In just two years Stephen Daldry has racked up four Emmy nominations for Netflix’s “The Crown,” in both years for directing and producing, making these his only four nominations to date. Last year he was in the race for directing the acclaimed second episode of the show’s freshman season titled “Hyde Park Corner.” While Reed Morano prevailed for her directorial work in “The Handmaid’s Tale”‘s first hour, she is not in the running this year. Can Daldry now win Best Drama Directing for “Paterfamilias,” the ninth episode of the sophomore season of “The Crown”?

He finds himself in the company of co-nominees Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”), Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones”), Daniel Sackheim (“Ozark”), Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”). That makes Daldry one of two repeat nominees from last year (the other being The Duffer Brothers), which is a great feather in his cap, especially considering “Game of Throne”‘s return after being ineligible last year, which took home two consecutive trophies in this category for David Nutter in 2015 and Miguel Sapochnik in 2016.

“Paterfamilias” is arguably one of “The Crown”‘s finest hours to date and would make an incredibly deserving winner. Prince Philip (Matt Smith) insists that his son, Prince Charles (Billy Jenkins), attends the school in Scotland which he himself attended when he was a child and thinks back to the difficult challenges he encountered there, ultimately changing the person he once was. It’s a beautiful exploration of masculinity and fatherhood and fleshes out Philip’s character by taking a look at this young man who lost everyone close to him yet was deemed responsible for it by his own father. Through Daldry’s brilliant imagery and foreshadowing, past and present intertwine inextricably and Philip’s complicated relationship with his son becomes more accessible to viewers.

Apart from the quality of his work, Daldry has a handful of other factors working in his favor. The directors branch tends to award episodes with the most volume. While “Paterfamilias” isn’t the splashiest episode of the bunch, it looks and feels cinematic. It has to intercut between two timelines, deal with entirely new locations, and most notably, evoke some sort of sympathy for one the show’s most complicated characters. Daldry’s a well-respected three-time Oscar nominee who might just have the built-in goodwill a director needs to prevail. Not to mention, “The Crown” is in very good shape at the Emmys this year, garnering 13 bids overall. The across the board support for “The Crown” can only help him. Also, with the last two winners “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” going head-to-head, there is no clear front-runner, which could pave the way for an upset.

Currently, Daldry sits in fourth place in our combined predictions with odds of 50/1, while defending champ “The Handmaid’s Tale,” this time represented by Skogland for her episode “After,” is the odds-on favorite to win. Do you think Daldry can pull off an upset, or does he have more of a chance winning his first Emmy as an executive producer on “The Crown?”

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