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65th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie   Leave a comment

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PAST PREDICTIONS:

2005: S. Epatha Merkerson, “Lackawanna Blues[CORRECT]
2006:
Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I[CORRECT]
2007:
Helen Mirren, “Prime Suspect: Final Act[CORRECT]
2008:
Judi Dench, “Cranford: Masterpiece[WRONG]
2009:
Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens[WRONG]
2010:
Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin[CORRECT]
2011:
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce[CORRECT]
2012:
Julianne Moore, “Game Change” [CORRECT]

And here’s the final cap on the longform acting categories: the coveted Best Actress category. The last three years have been easy wins that’s why it’s quite fun that we have some sort of a competition this year. But first, let’s give a moment to recognize those who were snubbed.  Despite scoring in two other acting nods, Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller was snubbed for her work in The Girl, as well as Rebecca Hall in Parade’s End. HBO wasn’t powerful enough to put the pair of Oscar nominated (and winning) actresses in Mary and Martha (Brenda Blethyn and Hilary Swank) as well.

Last year’s supporting actress winner Jessica Lange moves to the Lead category now after the sophomore season of American Horror Story: Asylum. While she wasn’t able to win any precursors earlier this year, she hasn’t skipped a beat by picking up nominations from the Golden Globes, SAGs, and the BFCA Critics Choice for TV Awards for her performance as Sister Jude.

Sigourney Weaver is due for any award for anything, so I thought this would have been the avenue to reward her. To be fair, she commanded the short lived series Political Animals and served as the show’s core base, and in any weak year, this would have been a sure winner. Unfortunately for her, this year has been anything but weak in this category.

Elisabeth Moss picked up a second nod for this year, thanks to her lead performance in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake. This is the perfect consolation to Moss if voters want to reward her with an Emmy already after years of losses for playing Peggy on Mad Men. After all, she already earned a BFCA CCTV in the same category last July. It’s also a different performance from her usual nominated ones, so it shows her range and versatility as an actress.

Then we have Laura Linney. Prior to her 2011 loss to Melissa McCarthy, Linney actually has a perfect Emmy track record reaping in three wins in the past with two victories in this category for 2002’s Wild Iris and 2008’s John Adams. If anything, she’s very competitive here seeing she’s 2/2 for her. On the flip side, her only loss (in Comedy Lead Actress) is for the same role she’s contending now. So odds are, it’s really up in the air when it comes to her actual chances. One thing I’m certain of is that if anybody can pull that upset, it’s definitely her.

Lastly, we have Dame Helen Mirren. Like Linney, Mirren is a force to be reckoned with in this category, as she’s the most rewarded actress here with four wins in the past in 1996, 1999, 2006, and 2007 and having 10 nominations here altogether. With that said, one can count her out for this year as she’s clearly a filler nominee for an HBO movie that stars two big movie stars. If anything, she’s the only one we can safely count here.

I really have no idea on who will win here, so you can ask me and I’ll probably change my answer every other day. However, I’m convinced that all voters will not be watching the whole seasons of American Horror Story: Asylum and Top of the Lake, but it’s between Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Moss. The only deciding factor I have is that Lange was a tour de force by the start of the season while Moss’ better episodes come in the latter part of the series. That plus the fact that voters are probably aware that Lange has won for that horror show and they will continue to vote for her. The only thing on Moss’ favor is if they find her overdue and want to give her a win already. I’d say Lange has the upperhand, but never disregard Elisabeth Moss or a possible upset from Laura Linney here.

Prediction: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum”
Runner-Up: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Full Rankings:
1. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum”
2. Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
3. Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter”
4. Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
5. Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

To check out other Emmy predictions, you can check them here.

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65th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie   Leave a comment

movie miniseries

 

PAST PREDICTIONS:

2005: Warm Springs[CORRECT] and “Empire Falls[WRONG]
2006:
The Girl in the Cafe[CORRECT] and “Elizabeth I[CORRECT]
2007:
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee[CORRECT] and “Prime Suspect: Final Act[WRONG]
2008:
Recount[CORRECT] and “John Adams[CORRECT]
2009:
Grey Gardens[CORRECT] and “Generation Kill[WRONG]
2010:
You Don’t Know Jack[WRONG] and “The Pacific[CORRECT]
2011:
Downton Abbey[CORRECT]
2012:
Game Change” [CORRECT]

Now that we’re done with the three acting categories here (Haven’t made up my mind yet on who’ll win Lead Actress), it’s time to move on with the main program award by discussing the Best Movie or Miniseries category. It’s almost a moot to even tackle each category comprehensively, as there seems to be a clear winner here already. The Steven Soderbergh directed film Behind the Candelabra is obviously winning the top prize. With great reviews, a historic Cannes competition participation, and overwhelming reception, this is one of the easier to predict wins for the night. The closest runner-up I can come up with is Sundance Channel’s Top of the Lake which also received unanimously great reviews and probably the little contender that could.

As for the others, despite American Horror Story: Asylum dominating the nominations with a whooping 17(!) nods and topping all the other programs this year, it will clearly follow the path of its predecessor last year safely winning an acting award (or two). The mere fact that it continues to dominate the noms yet it can’t break through the directing AND writing categories speaks volumes about its actual support in the Academy. Phil Spector is the typical HBO filler category year like what Hemingway & Gellhorn was last year and You Don’t Know Jack was the year before. It contains two movie stars in lead roles, but doesn’t really have anything else in its corner.

After History’s history breaking ratings with Hatfields & McCoys last year, they continue to beat their own record in terms of ratings for miniseries, with The Bible this year. Sadly for them, the nomination for their achievement is their main reward seeing that it only got in two other categories. As for Political Animals, you can use the same analogy to Phil Spector, only replace HBO with USA.

As I’ve mentioned, it will be an easy win for Behind the Candelabra, and may I say deservedly so? J

Prediction: Behind the Candelabra
Runner-Up: Top of the Lake

Full Rankings:
1. “Behind the Candelabra
2. “Top of the Lake
3. “American Horror Story: Asylum
4. “Phil Spector
5. “Political Animals
6. “The Bible

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65th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie   Leave a comment

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PAST PREDICTIONS:

2005: Paul Newman, “Empire Falls[CORRECT]
2006:
Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I[CORRECT]
2007:
Thomas Haden Church, “Broken Trail[CORRECT]
2008:
Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams[CORRECT]
2009:
Tom Courtenay, “Little Dorrit[WRONG]
2010:
David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin[CORRECT]
2011:
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce[CORRECT]
2012:
Ed Harris, “Game Change” [WRONG]

Hi, you are still following my 2013 Emmy coverage, and I’m in the middle of doing my Emmy predictions for this year (you can check lead actor in a miniseries  and supporting actress in a miniseries). Now it’s time to move the spotlight to the supporting actors of the past year’s miniseries TV movies and miniseries. This is a fairly good bunch of nominees, with John Benjamin Hickey being a pleasant surprise nominee, and with supposed to be 2x Emmy nominee this year (but ended up with 0 nods in total) Jeffrey Tambor for Phil Spector.

This year, we get two actors from American Horror Story: Asylum nominated here. Oscar nominee James Cromwell is up for his turn as the asylum doctor. This is such a departure from his most prominent perceived work in Babe: Pig in the City. Alongside him is movie star Zachary Quinto who already won the Critics Choice TV Award in this category for his performance in the same show. Between this and his summer movie Star Trek, Quinto has the advantage over his co-star.

If there’s one actor who I possibly thought has a shot in getting nominated here for The Big C: Hereafter, it’s three time Emmy nominee Oliver Platt. That’s why I’m surprised (and a great one at that) that it ended up with John Benjamin Hickey getting the nod instead. As the unique and standout brother of Cathy Jameson, Hickey’s performance is very noticeable and easy to warm up to, and it can work in his favor among voters in this category.

Peter Mullan is not a household name in the United States though many here have already heard him before in his previous roles in other Jane Campion production. In Top of the Lake, he takes a role that I can call as a vital supporting one. Think of John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone or Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild. With a female lead in tow, he gets the biggest male role and it’s usually one that gets awards. However, with his close to unknown status, I don’t know if Emmys will reward him with the win.

Lastly, there’s Scott Bakula. At first, it’s really surprising how he ended up being the lone supporting actor rewarded with a nomination for Behind the Candelabra (as opposed to more predicted co-stars Rob Lowe and Dan Aykroyd). But one does need to know that he was elected an important position among the Screen Actors Guild just this year, and that usually translates well with Emmy voters. His performance in the Soderbergh directed drama is okay, and if he manages to win, it’s not even the worst among past winning performances here in this category.

With no solid frontrunner in this category, the Emmy could actually go to any of the five nominees. With that said I’ll probably go the safe route and predict the SAG chairperson for the win. This somehow reminded me of the same category in 2009 with then SAG president Ken Howard winning despite not a stand out role for Grey Gardens. I’m using the same argument here in predicting Scott Bakula for the win. If not him, then the buzz for Zachary Quinto might end up with an Emmy win alongside his TV CCA win.

Prediction: Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra
Runner-Up: Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum

Full Rankings:
1. Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra
2. Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum
3. John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C: Hereafter
4. Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake
5. James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum

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