Hi there! As what you have previously read, this is the Emmy week celebration for Tit for Tat. With nominations on the cusp of being unveiled by Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and House of Cards’ Kate Mara, it’s time to guess who will end up being nominated on Thursday. I already posted the first part which covered the reality and variety categories here. This part, however, will focus on the TV Movie and Miniseries categories.
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
Seventh nominee: Political Animals (USA)
There are four shoo-in contenders in this category: Cannes entry Behind the Candelabra, Sundance series Top of the Lake, FX’s American Horror Story and The Bible from History. They are also the top priority contenders of each of their networks. As for the two remaining slots, it can either go to USA’s canceled Political Animals though there have been no canceled series that made it in this category since they were allowed to do that. The same can be said for Showtime’s The Big C finale. So two slots will likely be between four HBO contenders: Mary and Martha, the Hitchcock related The Girl, but I guess I’ll go with Phil Spector just for the names involved in the project, and Parade’s End which seems to be right up their alley.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
• Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
• Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
• Toby Jones, “The Girl”
• Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
Sixth nominee: Kenneth Branagh, “Wallander”
This is a pretty empty category in general, though four slots are already reserved in this category. The pair of Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are sure to find themselves nominated here for their work in Behind the Candelabra. The Same can be said for 2x Emmy champ in this category, Al Pacino, for Phil Spector. Toby Jones deglammed look as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl will also be nominated. The last spot leaves us with Kenneth Branagh who has been nominated before for a previous Wallander performance, but I’m going with last year’s nominee Benedict Cumberbatch to latch on a consecutive nod, only this time for Parade’s End from HBO.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
• Laura Linney, “The Big C”
• Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
• Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
• Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Sixth nominee: Hilary Swank, “Mary and Martha”
After her win in Supporting last year, Jessica Lange movies in this category this year for her role as the crazy nun in American Horror Story: Asylum. Biggest winner in this category Helen Mirren is also back with another bid this year alongside Al Pacino for Phil Spector. Elisabeth Moss can find herself double nominated this year, aside from her Best Actress Drama nod, as the lead in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake. Sigourney Weaver already reaped Globe and SAG nods for her performance in Political Animals, so this Emmy nod is already expected. For the last spot, a vote splitting between Mary and Martha co-stars Brenda Blethyn and Hilary Swank can result to 3x Emmy winner Laura Linney benefiting for a last shot for The Big C.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
• Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
• Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”
• Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
• Jeffrey Tambor, “Phil Spector”
Sixth nominee: Dan Aykroyd, “Behind the Candelabra”
As the scene stealing supporting actor of the show, Peter Mullan is already expected to receive a nomination for his Top of the Lake performance. The same can be said for multiple nominee Rob Lowe in his role in Behind the Candelabra. If Arrested Development won’t give him the nod in Supporting Actor: Comedy this year, Jeffrey Tambor can still end up as a nominee as he’s a shoo-in for his Phil Spector role. The last two spots go to a pair of American Horror Story: Asylum contenders: James Cromwell for his role as former Nazi Dr. Arthur Arden, and with his current movie success, Zachary Quinto a.k.a Dr. Oliver Thredson.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
• Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
• Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake”
• Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
• Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”
Sixth nominee: Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
The Supporting Actress line up will likely be composed of Oscar and Emmy veterans this year. First we have the controversial Ellen Burstyn who makes her comeback in the same category that gave her major controversy seven years ago. This year though, she’s really competitive for her performance in Political Animals. Two of last year’s nominees here can find their way as consecutive nominees this year, and both are from American Horror Story: Asylum. Frances Conroy sneaked in a nod last year, and I expect the same to happen this year. Meanwhile, Sarah Paulson’s scene-stealing journalist is also a shoo-in nomination. Oscar and Emmy winner Holly Hunter is deglammed in pal’s Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, and that already equates to nomination. Closing the category is Emmy favorite Alfre Woodard, who gets in for almost anything, and an empty category like this just gives her another nod in her resume.
There you have it! Who are you predicting to get nominated in the movie/miniseries categories? Can we see a Jessica Lange really steamroll her way to another win or is Elisabeth Moss finally destined for Emmy gold? Is Michael Douglas really unbeatable? And can The Bible really make its way to the nominations? What do you think?
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