While the Golden Globes are known for heavily rewarding a show in its first season only to drop it like a hot potato for Season 2, “The Handmaid’s Tale” had to incur this type of sudden drop-off at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Last year, “The Handmaid’s Tale” had the splashiest debut at the Emmys for any new show in a while, winning eight Emmys including Best Drama Series, Actress for Elisabeth Moss, Supporting Actress for Ann Dowd, Directing and Writing. The Hulu drama went into Season 2 as a favorite to win many of these categories again, only to be shut out on the main telecast. Now the series can only hope for the upcoming Golden Globes to finally get some love for Season 2.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” did walk away with three Emmys this year, most notably for Samira Wiley in Guest Actress, but three is a shockingly low total when you consider it earned 20 nominations in all. Season 2 proved to be more divisive as the series plumbed deeper into the misery of June/Offred’s situation, but it still remained one of the most raved shows on television. Its timely themes could still inspire those in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes.
Even if the Globes like to reward new shows, there is a scenario where “The Handmaid’s Tale” repeats its Best TV Drama Series victory. “Homeland” won two years in a row from 2011 to 2012 and just a few years earlier, “Mad Men” took home three consecutively. When Golden Globes voters are taken by a show, they don’t mind doling out repeat victories, as the creators of “Glee,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Sex and the City” would tell you from the equivalent Comedy category. Same goes for the acting races, as we’ve seen duplicates for Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”), and Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”).
Moss could repeat her Best Drama Actress win at the Globes considering she won’t be competing against this year’s Emmy winner, Claire Foy in “The Crown.” Her biggest competition will likely be Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve” and Julia Roberts for the upcoming Amazon drama “Homecoming,” but if voters aren’t impressed with either series, Moss could notch a repeat victory. But if they do want to go the fresh talent route, Yvonne Strahovski may be the perfect candidate in the catch-all Best Supporting Actress category, having received stellar reviews for her performance as Serena Joy in Season 2.
It also remains to be seen if “The Handmaid’s Tale” will earn overdue victories at the SAG Awards. For Season 1, the show’s sprawling cast earned a Drama Ensemble nomination as did Moss individually in Female Drama Actor, but they lost to the cast of “This Is Us” and Foy, respectively. Considering SAG voters are less likely to be wooed by the hot new thing, “The Handmaid’s Tale” may find greater luck there, especially with heavy-hitters like “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things” out of the way. Either way, those disappointed by the lack of “Handmaid’s Tale” love at the Emmys still have hope at the upcoming awards season.
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