2018 Emmys: 4 reasons why Yvonne Strahovski (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) will beat the odds and score a nomination

If you look at Gold Derby’s racetrack odds for Best Drama Supporting Actress, you’ll see that Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is thisclose to receiving an Emmy nomination. With 25/1 odds, Strahovski comes in seventh place in our predictions behind Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) and Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). But I think we’re all underestimating Strahovski’s Emmy chances. Below, see my Top 4 reasons why she’ll beat the odds and score a nomination on Thursday morning, July 12.

As Serena Joy, the wife of the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) for whom Offred (Elisabeth Moss) was carrying a child, Strahovski had quite a season full of impactful moments. Whether it was Serena’s physical beating by her husband, her on-again, off-again relationship with Offred, dealing with the death of Eden (Sydney Sweeney), or at long last becoming a mother, Strahovski was essentially a second lead to Moss throughout Season 2. Hear what Strahovski had to say about the shocking Season 2 finale.

“It was awful,” Strahovski recently told Gold Derby about filming the emotional beating scene. “Once we started filming, on the day, it was so interesting to see how affected the crew was by the scene. People were I guess a mix of horrified and disgusted by what we were going to do as part of the story.” Because of humanizing moments like this Strahovski’s ice queen Serena was actually put in the position to gain empathy from the audience, and that’s a key factor to scoring extra votes from TV academy members.

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Strahovski had a complete story arc in Season 2, allowing the actress to really sink her teeth into the material. Emmy voters are suckers for performances that show a complete range of emotion, and Strahovski’s range was on full display as Serena expressed joy, sadness, anger, depression and more. As a character Serena grew leaps and bounds between the first and second seasons, so the fact that she wasn’t nominated for an Emmy last year shouldn’t really have an effect on her chances this time around.

The Australian actress has been working in American television for nearly two decades, rising to fame on NBC’s “Chuck” before joining the cast of some of Emmy’s favorite shows like “Dexter” and “24.” Despite her impressive career, Strahovski has never received a major award nomination. Her only claim to fame so far was earlier this year as part of “The Handmaid’s Tale” ensemble at the 2018 SAG Awards, which lost out to “This Is Us.” Will Emmy voters finally reward Strahovski for her tireless work in television?

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 nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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