And we’re back! As another TV year ends, a new Emmy season begins! For the next month leading to the Primetime Emmys on September 20, we will be covering 30 different races ranging from dramas to comedies up to reality shows and variety sketches! This year, we begin with one of the easiest races of the night… Outstanding Television Movie.
It’s a tad ironic that this category has six nominees this year considering how weak the year for TV Movie was. But if you look at the nominated works this year, two out of these six are individual nominations for their shows. National Geographic Channel received another nod for their Klling trilogy, this time it’s the religious themed Killing Jesus, which surprised me how low key it was that it didn’t even receive nominations for costumes or even hair styling.
Then there’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case, which obviously signifies the last episode of this 25-year long TV adaptation. After 13 seasons and 70 episodes, the series ends with Curtain, where Poirot goes back to the setting of the first episode back in 1989. It seemed like the sentiment is strong with this one to get a nomination, but not enough for a win.
HBO has three nominations for this year, which is one more than their usual, but two of those are really minor. Nightingale, despite getting a Lead Actor nom for David Oyelowo, failed to receive any traction outside of that when it could have been an easy bet in directing and writing too. Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies: The Movie received Screenplay nomination outside of TV Movie, but nothing else aside from that. Also, this could be seen as lightweight as compared to the other contenders.
But really, this category won’t be complete without mentioning Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. The journey of this flop Nicole Kidman starrer about the biopic of Oscar winning actress turned princess Grace Kelley is astounding to say the least. What started as a prime Oscar contender in 2013 was suddenly canceled and moved to March 2014 only to be given a second life as the Cannes opener in 2014. But then, it was welcomed with no open arms until it was announced to be debuting on Lifetime earlier this year. When you think about it, I won’t be surprised if this starts the trend of failed Oscar bait films moving to TV to snatch Emmy nominations instead.
Then again, this category is basically Bessie‘s to lose. Receiving 12 nominations including three acting nods plus writing and directing, this HBO vehicle about the life of legendary blues figure Bessie Smith stands out from the rest of this mediocre pack. Had this been a feature film, it would have been in the running for some Oscars and not the other way around.
To predict an alternate is a bit misleading considering that Bessie is far and away ahead here. Might as well go with Grace of Monaco to troll the hell out of this boring category. Bottom line is, it’s another year and another HBO movie winning (and deservedly so).
PREDICTION: Bessie (HBO)
ALTERNATE: Grace of Monaco (Lifetime) — LMAO
02. “Grace of Monaco”
03. “Hello Ladies: The Movie”
04. “Killing Jesus”
06. “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case”
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