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Bet on The Handmaid’s Tale to Win an Emmy

After having adapted more or less the entire plot line of Margaret Atwood’s novel, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale started to work with original screenplay in its second season. It has received so much praise from critics that betting on The Handmaid’s Tale to win an Emmy Award seems completely safe.

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The show dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in 2017, winning 8 in categories, including the Outstanding Drama Series. Never before did a web series win in that category.

Unibet Sportsbook, one of the best online betting sites in Canada, suggests that The Handmaid’s Tale has kept impressing judges this year. Let’s take a look at the categories where the show has the best odds.

Bet on The Handmaid’s Tale to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (1/5)

The show is the bookies’ absolute favorite to be selected as the year’s best drama series. Critics argue that the second season, although emotionally draining and posing questions about the direction the show will take in the future, “marked an improvement” on the already Emmy-winning first season. “It was bolder in its storytelling, more incisive with its character arcs, and knitted together with stronger thematic underpinnings.”

According to online sportsbook sites in Canada, the only real competition The Handmaid’s Tale is facing comes from Game of Thrones. But at 3/1, the fantasy series’ win would be a huge upset.

Another safe option: Elisabeth Moss to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1/7)

Elisabeth Moss has a long history with the Emmy Awards. Between 2009 and 2015, she has received seven nominations. Six out of them were for her work in Mad Men, and the remaining one was for Top of the Lake.

In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale finally broke the ice. Her portrayal of Offred converted her eighth nomination into a win.

Her taking the golden statuette home last year does not hurt her 2018 chances. There are precedents of a performer winning the award for the same role in multiple years: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for instance, has won in The Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category six consecutive years for Veep.

Elisabeth Moss to win an Emmy
Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss has given quality performances in 2018, which has already brought her an impressive number of awards this year (a Golden Globe Award, a Critic’s Choice Television Award, a Producers Guild of America Award, and a Satellite Award for The Handmaid’s Tale; and a Logie Award for Top of the Lake: China Girl). She will almost certainly add an Emmy to this collection.

What about the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories?

Betting on The Handmaid’s Tale to win an Emmy for its supporting actors and actresses offers higher returns and requires slightly better prophetic skills. The Supporting Actress category is dominated by the show: Ann Dowd, who received the award last year for her role as Aunt Lydia, is the bookies’ favorite at 5/4.

She is closely followed by Yvonne Strahovski (7/4), whose Serena had some interesting character development in season 2. Alexis Bledel, who won an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama category, is also among the nominees, although her official betting odds for winning are not particularly promising (25/1).

The Outstanding Supporting Actor is a tougher category for The Handmaid’s Tale. Joseph Fiennes (9/4), aka The Commander, would have to steal the award from David Harbour. The Stranger Things actor has better chances (5/4), and so does Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones (7/4).

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