69th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Predictions Part 2: TV Movie and Limited Series   Leave a comment

Welcome to Part 2 of our #Emmys2017 week here at Tit for Tat. Before the nomination announcement on July 13, I’ll be sharing my predictions on who’ll get Emmy nominated in the different categories up for this year’s Primetime Emmys. We started with the Reality and Variety categories yesterday, and today’s spotlight is on TV Movies and Limited Series. Personally speaking, this is the most exciting part of this year’s awards as some of the best and most praised shows are competing here for this year.

01

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE:
• Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)
• Killing Reagan (National Geographic)
• The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
• Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece) (PBS)
• The Wizard Of Lies (HBO)

Sixth nominee: Churchill’s Secret (Masterpiece) (PBS)

It still baffles me how Netflix managed to pull off submitting one episode here instead of the whole show in Limited Series, but they probably took advantage of the relatively weak year for television movies. They went with their most acclaimed episode of the season, the futuristic San Junipero, and I feel like getting the nod is its toughest battle. Once nominated, it will easily sail to a win come September. HBO has two entries to the race this year, both lukewarm in reception and buzz. First, we have the Robert de Niro starrer The Wizard of Lies, and then we have Oprah in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. While both are shoo-in in terms of getting nominated, only the former stands a chance to actually win here. For its fourth installment, Sherlock submitted The Lying Detective, and there’s no reason to see it getting snubbed considering all previous editions have been nominated here before. For that last spot, there’s a potential of contenders that can snatch that spot: PBS has Churchill, Lifetime has Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenarts, and Custody with Viola Davis.  Netflix has The Most hated Woman in America with Melissa Leo. That said, I’ll go with National Geographic’s Killing Reagan which has a tad of good history here with two of the previous Killing series being nominated as well.

02

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES:
• American Crime (ABC)
• Big Little Lies (HBO)
• Fargo (FX)
• Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
• The Night Of (HBO)

Sixth nominee: The Young Pope (HBO)

Three slots are already assured here: HBO’s pop culture phenomenon Big Little Lies, the third season of Fargo, and Ryan Murphy’s breakout season of Feud, featuring the infamous rivalry of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Sitting safely in fourth I think is HBO’s other series The Night Of, which if snubbed — will only be because it came out really early last year. For the last spot, it can either go to HBO’s third pony in the race, the Jude Law starrer The Young Pope, or Guerilla which stars Emmy nominee Idris Elba. While ABC has pulled off the plug when it comes to American Crime, I think it can still squeak in one last nod just for the pedigree of the show being nominated for the previous two seasons.

03

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
• Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
• Robert de Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
• Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
• Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
• John Turturro, “The Night Of”

Seventh nominee: Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Robert de Niro has never been nominated for an Emmy, so we’re sure he ain’t missing for The Wizars of Lies. Same goes for Ewan McGregor’s double trouble performance in Fargo. Benedict Cumberbatch is a previous Emmy winner for this performance, so I think he’s still getting in a last time for Sherlock. Both Riz Ahmed and John Turturro have been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG for The Night Of; thus I’m predicting the same Emmy fate for them. That last spot is tricky – Emmy winner Geoffrey Rush is in a baity role for the miniseries Genius or Jude Law in a very showy character as well. Toss the con eitherway, I got Law in that last spot.

04

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
• Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror: Nosedive”
• Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
• Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
• Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
• Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Seventh nominee: Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Four spots are already locked in this one. There’s 3x winner Jessica Lange for her portrayal of Joan Crawford in Feud plus the Big Little Lies twosome of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. I see a scenario of Susan Sarandon getting snubbed just because of her off show persona, but I think she’s easily getting in. After her surprise SAG nod earlier this year, Bryce Dallas Howard seems likely to follow it up with an Emmy nod for her wickedly outlandish performance in Black Mirror. The last spot is up for grabs between three women – there’s Oprah in her passion project, Emmy favorite Felicity Huffman who was previously nominated twice for this show, and then there’s Carrie Coon. I can see a path for Coon being Patrick Wilson-ed this year due to the subtlety of the role, but between that and her role in The Leftovers, she’ll probably get her overdue obligatory nod here instead.

05

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Hank Azaria, “The Wizard of Lies”
• Bill Camp, “The Night Of”
• Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
• Alexander Skarsgaard, “Big Little Lies”
• David Thewlis, “Fargo”
• Stanley Tucci, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Seventh nominee: Michael Stuhlbarg, “Fargo”

The two men of Feud are both veteran actors who have been previously Emmy nominated so expect to see them again this year. Hank Azaria is an Emmy favorite getting in multiple times in the past for a lot of previous projects (both successful and not). I’d like to think that Alexander Skarsgaard is getting in, as carried by the love for Big Little Lies, and he’s the show’s supporting actor who has the biggest chance of getting nominated. Bill Camp is a bit of a risk, but his is a performance I actually think will resonate and will surprise come nomination morning. I don’t think Fargo is that breakout this season to merit two nominees here and while Michael Stuhlbarg is the more predicted name, I think David Thewlis is the one getting in, reminiscent of last year when Ted Danson seems the likely nominee only to be upset by co-star Bokeem Woodbine.

06

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Roanoke”
• Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
• Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
• Regina King, “American Crime”
• Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Roanoke”
• Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Seventh nominee: Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

This is probably the most crowded acting category we have at the Emmys for the limited series as it’s a combination of veteran names, breakthrough actresses, Oscar winners and more. So with that, let’s try to dissect them slot per slot. Let’s begin with Regina King. Sure, American Crime has been canceled already but it’s safe to assume that the current champ in this category for the last two years is coming back. Another familiar name is Judy Davis, also a 2x winner here for her flashy performance in Feud. I’d like to believe that both Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern of Big Little Lies are next – both had great reviews, and Dern is a past multi-Emmy nominee, and Woodley is a lead star of their show. The last two slots can be really filled with many Oscar winners – there’s Viola Davis in Custody, Catherine Zeta Jones also from Feud, and Diane Keaton in The Young Pope. It can also go to Fargo‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead or The Night Of‘s Jeannie Berlin. I’m currently predicting Michelle Pfeiffer to be snubbed on Emmy morning, so my last two slots go to two familiar names who are mainstays here for the last few years – both from American Horror Story: Roanoke: – Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates.

07

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Big Little Lies (Jean-Marc Vallée)
• Black Mirror, “Nosedive” (Joe Wright)
• Fargo, “The Law of Vacant Places” (Noah Hawley)
• FEUD: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is… (The Oscars of 1963)” (Ryan Murphy)
• The Night Of, “The Beach” (Steven Zaillan)
• The Young Pope (Paolo Sorrentino)

Seventh nominee: The Wizard of Lies (Barry Levinson)

I’m just going with really familiar names here. I think Jean-Marc Vallee, Noah hawley, and Ryan Murphy are all assured of nods already. Steven Zaillan is also a familiar enough name in The Night Of‘s only submission here. I also think the pedigree plus the flashy material will also lead Joe Wright to an Emmy nomination for Black Mirror. Paolo Sorrentino is more of an arthouse name than an Emmy household voter one, but that did not stop last year’s Susanne Bier from actually even winning.

08

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:
• Big Little Lies (David E. Kelley)
• Black Mirror, “San Junipero” (Charlie Brooker)
• Fargo, “The Law of Vacant Places” (Noah Hawley)
• FEUD: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is… (The Oscars of 1963)” (Ryan Murphy)
• The Night Of “The Call of the Wild” (Richard Price & Steven Zaillian)
• Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Steven Moffat)

Seventh nominee: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, “Winter” (Amy Sherman-Palladino)

Expect the same group of shows I’m predicting in Directing to get in here as well, only difference would be no The Young Pope here, with Sherlock replacing it here considering it got in for all the previous installments of the show.

It’s the comedy genre predictions tomorrow!

Discuss this with me on Twitter: @nikowl

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Posted July 10, 2017 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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