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

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We reach the last acting category for the longform acting ones, as we discuss the leading ladies of the past year. All of them Oscar nominated with three of them Best Actress winners from the 1990s. Let’s begin.

Emma Thompson once again sneaked an Emmy nomination basically without any campaign at all. This time, it’s for the live rendition of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Live From the Lincoln Center. This reminded me of Thompson’s nomination for The Song of Lunch. I doubt she’d even bother attending, but then this just won Outstanding Special Class Program at last night’s Creative Emmys, so that might mean that it has its followers.

Pulling off a surprise win last year is Jessica Lange over supposed frontrunner Cicely Tyson for her work in American Horror Story: Coven. This time around, Lange is nominated again for Freak Show where she plays circus owner Elsa Mars. Lange takes a backseat during most of the season’s run, but she was front and center in the initial pilot episode including a big reveal in the end. This is also the last time they can reward Lange as she officially retired from the AHS series.

Queen Latifah receives her second career Emmy nomination seven years after her first for Best TV Movie winner Bessie. Playing the title role Bessie Smith, Latifah has probably name checked the amount of drama and acting she was required to do in this. It’s a very charming performance using Latifah’s own voice in her singing parts, and one that could have garnered her an Oscar nomination too. If Bessie continues to have a huge contingent, then this might be the expected surprise (a bit) win.

While The Honourable Woman hasn’t been as well-received as initially expected, I think Maggie Gyllenhaal has way far more support than the whole show itself. Already winning the Golden Globe back in January, Maggie carries the whole series on her back especially during the first hour of the limited series. It includes a scene of her running and doing a lot of crying, so that might siphon votes her way.

Ten years after pulling off that upset in 2005 for Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman is back in the Emmy race for her role as racist and defensive mom Barbara Hanlon in American Crime. Huffman does a lot of strong acting in this series, garnering critical support, but what works the best in her favor is that she’s a respected actress which commands a lot of support from her peers. That said, she’s up against equally respected (if not more) co-nominees, so chances are, this is a welcome back nod for her.

Lastly, we have SAG winner Frances McDormand rounding the group with her performance as the title role of Olive Kitteridge. McDormand gets to play a gamut of emotions and situations in this performance, one backed by the actors guild and the critics alike. Considering Olive did well in the nominations, it’s ideal to think that McDormand is on her way to achieve that E and complete the acting trifecta wins this year.

Prediction: Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Alternate: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”

Full Rankings:
01. Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
02. Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
03. Queen Latifah, “Bessie
04. Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
05. Felicity Huffman, “American Crime
06. Emma Thompson, “Live from the Lincoln Center: Sweeney Todd: The Demon barber of Fleet Street

Check my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis here.

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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Limited Series   Leave a comment

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Let’s finish the other Series category before we move on to the acting ones. This year, while American Horror Story: Freak Show continues to increase its nomination haul (and receiving its most number of nominations with six), the genre bias is still enough to prevent it from a win. The Honourable Woman lacked the much needed momentum this year missing key categories to be considered a serious threat. On the other side, ABC renewing the American Crime franchise seemed to be a good call on their part, as it served as a launching awards pad for the network as proven by its 10 nominations including all acting categories. That said, it’s not a frontrunner to win in many of those and will be one of the cases where the nomination is its reward. One can boil it down to the usual suspects here. On the left side you have critically lauded HBO vehicle Olive Kitteridge involved with people who are no stranger to receiving awards and recognition. Plus, as mentioned, it’s from HBO. But then, there’s the British series bloc which proved to be Emmy darlings as well even pulling off some notable upsets (even over HBO shows) in the past. That said, the new voting scheme makes me think that the buzz built by Olive Kitteridge is enough to secure a win here.

Prediction: Olive Kitteridge”
Alternate: Wolf Hall

Full Rankings:
01. “Olive Kitteridge”
02. “Wolf Hall
03. “American Crime”
04. “American Horror Story: Freak Show
05. “The Honourable Woman

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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Writing and Directing in a Movie or Mini Series   Leave a comment

Hi there again, you’re still reading the continuous 2015 Emmy predictions over here at Tit for Tat. We’re currently still doing the longform categories which combine both the television movies and limited series. For this one, we’d be focusing on the writing and directing categories. In other awards show, these two categories are usually swept by one movie (in the case of Oscars) or one record (in the case of Grammys). But the Emmys doesn’t play like that. In the last five years, only two times did one show manage to win both (Downton Abbey in 2011 and Game Change in 2012). If we extend it to the last 15 years, that would be seven times. Let’s see where this year lies.

longform directing

First up, it’s directing! Seven directorial efforts were nominated this year, but we can easily cross out some already. The Missing hasn’t been nominated for miniseries, and this is its sole nom, so it’s unlikely for it to win. Houdini got its lead actor Adrien Brody a nomination, but otherwise, it’s almost shut out as well. The season opener of American Horror Story: Freak Show is as flashy and grandiose and over the top as one can expect from Ryan Murphy, but in this case, the nomination is its reward. Any of the four other remaining contenders have a chance to snatch this category. Bessie is a template player for biopics, and they have rewarded a lot of those in the past (Temple Grandin in 2010, Game Change in 2012, Behind the Candelabra in 2013 and like Bessie, those are all from HBO). The Honourable Woman, while underperforming in terms of nominations, has everything that looks baity with its direction — big speeches? Check! explosions? Check! Tense-filled scenes? Check. Wolf Hall is another of those go-to showy directing pieces the Emmy usually reward (aside from biopics) just like Downton Abbey in 2011, Little Dorrit in 2009, and Elizabeth I in 2006. Ultimately, I think it’s Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko’s to lose. Her four part directorial event in Olive Kitteridge had critics raving to no end, and an Emmy will definitely be deserved.

Prediction: Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge”
Alternate: Peter Kosminsky, Wolf Hall”

Full Rankings:
01. Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge”
02. Peter Kosminsky, Wolf Hall”
03. Hugo Block, The Honourable Woman”
04. Dee Rees, Bessie”
05. Ryan Murphy, “American Horror Story: Freak Show (Monster Among Us)”
06. Uli Edel, “Houdini”
07. Tom Shankland, “The Missing

longform writing

Onto the writing side, it’s basically an Olive Kitteridge vs. Wolf Hall redux all over again. If they want to spread the wealth just like usual, then we can see a Wolf Hall win here, which is plausible on its own considering that they’re into British period pieces as well. But then, the new voting system where in everyone can easily vote in almost all categories without the need to prove such will make it an easy checking for Olive Kitteridge here. As for the other nominees, Hello Ladies: The Movie, while great on its own, might be seen as too lightweight in contrast to the other serious nominees. Bessie‘s direction has more chances than its writing, which goes without saying that it’s likely it will just lose both. The same actually applies for The Honourable Woman. The only other spoiler I can see here is Oscar winner John Ridley’s work for the pilot of American Crime, which picked up a lot of nominations, so there’s a chance of that really happening.

Prediction: Peter Straughan, “Wolf Hall”
Alternate: Jane Anderson, “Olive Kitteridge

Full Rankings:
01. Peter Straughan, “Wolf Hall”
02. Jane Anderson, “Olive Kitteridge
03. John Ridley, American Crime: Episode One” 
04. Hugo BlickThe Honourable Woman”
05. Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gillois, Horton Foote, “Bessie”
06. Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg, “Hello Ladies: The Movie”

Check in soon to see the rest of my 2015 Emmy prediction analysis. For more Emmy talk, you can also follow me on Twitter: @nikowl