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Elisabeth is featured on The Playlist’s Best Performances Of 2017

Elisabeth Moss appears on the list of the best performances of 2017 made by The Playlist. It’s a list that takes in both TV and film performances, ranging from blockbusters to indies and is is published annually on the website:

19. Elisabeth Moss as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Though she’s often great on the big screen too (particularly her team-ups with Alex Ross Perry), Elisabeth Moss is at this point arguably the face most associated with the Peak TV era, after “The West Wing,” “Mad Men,” “Top Of The Lake” and now “The Handmaid’s Tale,” where her portrayal of lead Offred might mark a new peak. Even when the show misstepped, Moss was the anchor at its centre, making you feel every torture or indignity with burning anger, but also never letting us forget June Osborne, the vibrant, funny, fierce women underneath.

The Handmaid’s Tale also appears on the list of The Best TV Shows Of 2017:

3. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
In any year, this speculative Hulu drama would be on our list. Between Reed Morano’s tight, tone-setting direction on episodes 1-3, Elisabeth Moss’s breathtaking performance and a deft use of flashbacks, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the best TV has to offer. Even in a void, it would be impossible to ignore the merits of this show. But this year – this fucking year – its themes take on real potency, in light of the Trump administration’s attacks on female bodily autonomy (see Jane Doe’s case, for a real-life experience that seems out of a dystopian universe). Showrunner Bruce Miller didn’t know that Trump would win the election, but Margaret Atwood’s novel and this adaptation have frightening new relevancy in its wake. Morano’s visual style also adds to the feeling of immediacy, placing us intimately within the world of Offred (Moss) as she attempts to navigate a near-future state mired in totalitarianism, misogyny and theocracy. Moss’ performance is nuanced, particularly in its silences, but credit is also due to the supporting cast. Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd have previously impressed in “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Leftovers,” respectively, but Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel are the revelations, with Bledel surprising even fans of her work on “Gilmore Girls.” “The Handmaid’s Tale” challenges binge-watching trends (unless you’re a true masochist intent on suffocating under a blanket of depression), but season one ended with unexpected hope, and we can’t imagine we were the only ones fist-pumping during the compelling season 1 finale “Night.”

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