You can find part 1 of my reactions to the Emmy nominations that I did on Thursday on blog, where I analyse the Drama Series and Comedy Series races. This time I’m going to look at the nominees in the TV Movie and Mini-Series categories, seeing how well I did in my predictions and giving my view as who is a likely winner. Let’s Go:
Best Limited Series: 5/5 correct, a pretty easy one to call. The big one that missed out was Starz’s The Missing, which was missing from the line-up. Get it? Anyway, I think this will be close between American Horror Story: Freak Show, which has an impressive 19 nominations, including 6 acting nominations, and Olive Kitteridge, which also performed well, receiving 4 acting nods. I’m going for Olive Kitteridge to win, especially as all 3 main stars have a fair chance of winning their categories.
Best TV Movie: Time for the biggest shock of the whole nominations. Let’s start of by saying that I got 4 correct predictions, with my only incorrect guess being Derek: The Final Chapter, whose snub is surprising considering how much the Academy love Ricky Gervais. Instead they pick Gervais’ close friend Stephen Merchant’s project, Hello Ladies: The Movie, and the universally panned Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, which only appeared on Lifetime because it wasn’t good enough to appear in U.S. cinemas (it did receive a UK release but wasn’t much loved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJqViFljGss). This is how the UK reacted to it’s nomination: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/17/grace-of-monacos-emmy-nominations-show-film-still-has-standards-tv-doesnt. This is by far the easiest category to call; Bessie is going to win by a country mile.
Best Movie/Mini-Series Actor: 5 out of 6 here, with Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton getting in ahead of Bill Paxton, which in itself was not much of a shock. This is going to be a close one between David Oyelowo and Richard Jenkins. I’m currently going for Oyelowo as he received rave reviews for Nightingale and, coming off his Oscar snub for Selma, they could be looking to reward him. However, Jenkins has more pedigree (after all, he is an Oscar nominee) and he has a lot more footage for which to be judged, with Nightingale being only 83 minutes long and Olive Kitteridge being a total of 233 minutes.
Best Movie/Mini-Series Actress: I thought this was a done deal, so it was definitely a shock when Emma Thompson was announced as a nominee ahead of Frances O’Connor, whose performance in The Missing was almost a dead cert nomination. This is especially confusing as Thompson is nominated for a play that she’s doing on the West End (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), and not for Television work. Instead she’s nominated for the broadcast of the play. Very odd indeed, with Thompson probably only nominated on name recognition. 5 out of 6 isn’t bad and I expect Frances McDormand to win, but will have close competition from Queen Latifah and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who beat McDormand earlier this year at the Golden Globe Awards.
Best Movie/Mini-Series Supporting Actor: This one went a bit pear shaped as I only got 3 correct predictions, Bill Murray, Damian Lewis and Michael K. Williams, who I put in as a last minute replacement for Finn Wittrock, who went on to be nominated anyway. In for Stephen Rea (who one Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Honorable Woman at the BAFTAs), Michael Chiklis and Jonathan Pryce were Wittrock, Richard Kabral and Denis O’Hare, who is a surprising second AHS representative, considering Chiklis’ snub. I think it’s between former Emmy winners Bill Murray and Damian Lewis for the win, but it’ll be Murray’s on name recognition.
Best Movie/Mini-Series Supporting Actress: 4 out of 6 here, with acting stalwarts Susan Sarandon and Janet McTeer missing out to lesser known actresses in Zoe Kazan and Regina King. I think Sarah Paulson will probably take it, but don’t count out Oscar winner Mo’Nique, she could easily win if the Academy love Bessie.
Look forward for more Emmy analysis to come over the summer in the build up to the ceremony in September.