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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie   Leave a comment

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We’re now down to the lead acting contenders for the TV Movies and limited series of the past year. First up, it’s the gentlemen which contains an eclectic group of Oscar and Emmy champs as well as veterans and newbies.

Nominated last year in the Comedy Lead Actor category is Emmy winner Ricky Gervais for the Derek special. I’ve predicted him last year in a different category given how baity his performance in here is, but if that can’t even topple a fourth Jim Parsons win, I wonder how it would fare in a sea of more dramatic performances.

Veteran actor Mark Rylance received the biggest nomination of his career yet with his nod for Wolf Hall. Playing Thomas Cromwell in the Best Limited Series nominee gained him huge critical support. The only con I can see is that he’s not that big of a name as compared to the others in this category and that he’s pretty much lowkey in the initial episode of the series. That said, it’s one I can still see pulling off a win.

Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo has the baitiest role in the whole group with his one-man show performance in Nightingale. Basically, he dominates the whole series as he appears in all the scenes the whole time. This one makes him a very competitive contender and his goodwill as an uprising actor definitely helps his narrative.

Playing the lead male role in Olive Kitteridge is Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins. While the whole series (beginning with the title) belongs to Frances McDormand, Jenkins holds his own against the tour de force actress. It also helps that he’s a respected veteran who shined the most in the earlier part of the series, so while others might not finish watching it, Jenkins’ parts have been seen already.

We also have Oscar winner Timothy Hutton making a comeback with this Emmy nomination for American Crime.  As Russ Skokie, Hutton takes the dramatic gravitas of a father finding justice for his son via  avery committed performance. However, the whole series, despite being showered with lots of major nominations, have been pretty much low-key and a bit upstaged by the HBO ones.

Closing the group is another Oscar winner, 2002 Best Actor Adrien Brody, playing the icon Harry Houdini in the History adaptation of the magician’s life. Brody was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for this performance earlier this year which means he has the support from the Academy. That said, one can feel that it’s a combination of his status as an Oscar winner and the role he plays that lead to this role.

Overall, this category isn’t as slamdunk as one  might think. Richard Jenkins can easily ride the wave of olive Kitteridge (if there really is among the Academy), but Mark Rylance usually fits the glvoe of a well supported British underdog. Plus, he has the reviews to back it up. Then there’s Oyelowo who basically is on every frame of his show and Ricky Gervais can easily be a name check beneficiary. In the end, I’ll go with Mark Rylance, but watch out as if anyone who wins this might be winning this by a hair.

Prediction: Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Alternate: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”

Full Rankings:
01. Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
02. Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
03. David Oyelowo, “Nightingale
04. Timothy Hutton, “American Crime
05. Ricky Gervais, “Derek Special
06. Adrien Brody, “Houdini

Check my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis here.

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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Television Movie   Leave a comment

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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. Nightingaledespite 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

Full rankings:
01. “Bessie
02. “Grace of Monaco
03. “Hello Ladies: The Movie
04. “Killing Jesus
05. “Nightingale
06. “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case

Check in soon to see the rest of my 2015 Emmy prediction analysis. You can also follow me on Twitter: @nikowl