Could ‘The Crown”s pay disparity controversy propel Claire Foy to an Emmy win?

The Crown” has been embroiled in an equal pay controversy after producers revealed earlier this week that Matt Smith was paid more than Claire Foy, aka Queen Elizabeth II, for their two-season work on the show. Though producers have vowed that no one will make more than the queen in the future, it’ll be Olivia Colman, who’ll inherit the role from Foy in Season 3, who benefits, but the whole brouhaha may help Foy get her Emmy.

Up until this week, Foy’s Emmy narrative was framed as this being the last chance to award her for “The Crown” since the next two seasons will jump ahead in the royal family’s life with a new cast. But the pay discrepancy bombshell in the #TimesUp era is the sort of perfect storm that could fuel her campaign even more. #Justice4Foy won’t come in the form of a paycheck, but it could come in the form of a golden statuette.

Even better for Foy, we know there is still great affection and appreciation for her performance as the British monarch. Early last year, Foy seemed like a surefire bet to win Best Drama Actress at the Emmys after her Golden Globe and SAG victories. Then “The Handmaid’s Tale” came along and perennial nominee Elisabeth Moss won two Emmys, for drama actress and as a producer on the Best Drama Series champ. But Foy avenged that loss with a surprise repeat SAG win over Moss in January, proving that Moss is not unbeatable.

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“The Crown”’s pay disparity calls to mind a similar revelation with Mark Wahlberg’s and Michelle Williams’ drastically different paychecks for the “All the Money in the World” reshoots. Wahlberg pocketed $1.5 million, while Williams received an $80 per diem; Wahlberg has since donated his salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams’ name. The controversy broke during the week of Oscar voting and wasn’t enough push Williams, who earned a Golden Globe nomination, onto the Oscar shortlist. Unlike Foy, though, Williams was always a longshot in the Best Actress race; Foy is hot on leader Moss’ heels in our predictions.

There’s still a long way to go until the Emmys and “The Handmaid’s Tale” doesn’t return for another month, but now Emmy voters not only can reward Foy for her body of work on “The Crown” but make a statement as well.

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