Fearless Emmy Predictions, Part Three:  Limited Series and Made-for-TV Movies

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Following my predictions and preferences in the comedy series and drama series categories, the third and final installment of my annual pre-Emmy Awards feature focuses on the nominees chosen from among the many fine limited series and made-for-television movies.  The toughest call here is in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Made-for-Television Movie.  Will it be Patricia Arquette for Showtime’s Escape from Dannemora, Amy Adams for HBO’s Sharp Objects or Michelle Williams for FX’s Fosse/Verdon?  How to decide between them?  And why was Hulu’s ambitious adaptation of Catch-22 and its fine cast ignored?

Outstanding Limited Series

Prediction: When They See Us (Netflix)

Preference: When They See Us (Netflix), though a compelling case could be made on behalf of every one of the nominees in this category, as they are equally fine. 

The other nominees: Chernobyl (HBO), Escape at Dannemora (Showtime), Fosse/Verdon (FX), Sharp Objects (HBO)

Should have been nominated: Catch-22 (Hulu)

Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie

Prediction: Deadwood: The Movie (HBO) More for the idea of this project than the final product.

Preference: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix) Why?  Because it virtually expanded the boundaries of the television experience in an entertaining way.

The other nominees: Brexit (HBO), King Lear (Amazon), My Dinner with Herve (HBO)

Should have been nominated: Can’t think of anything.  It was not a great year for TV movies.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Made-for-Television Movie

Prediction: Mahershala Ali, True Detective (HBO) Voters in every awards organization cannot resist Ali (above), with good reason.  But I won’t be surprised if Jared Harris of Chernobyl is the winner here.

Preference: Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us (Netflix) Jerome somehow stood out in a large ensemble filled with award-worthy performances.  Emmy or not, a star is born.

The other nominees: Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime); Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal (Amazon); Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon (FX)

Should have been nominated: Christopher Abbott, Catch-22 (Hulu)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Made-for-Television Movie

Prediction: Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Preference: Michelle Williams (pictured above with co-star Sam Rockwell), Fosse/Verdon (FX)  Though you'll get no complaints from me if Arquette wins.

The other nominees: Amy Adams, Sharp Objects (HBO); Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us (Netflix); Joey King, The Act (Hulu); Niecy Nash, When They See Us (Netflix)

Should have been nominated:  Julianna Margulies, The Hot Zone (National Geographic)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Made-for-Television Movie

Prediction: Ben Whishaw (above), A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

Preference: Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

The other nominees:  Asante Blackk (pictured at top), When They See Us (Netflix); Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime); John Leguizamo, When They See Us (Netflix); Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl (HBO); Michael K. Williams, When They See Us (Netflix)

Should have been nominated:  Kyle Chandler, Catch-22 (Hulu);George Clooney, Catch-22 (Hulu);Chris Messina, Sharp Objects (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Made-for-Television Movie

Prediction: Patricia Clarkson (above), Sharp Objects (HBO) A performance of venomous perfection.

Preference: Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects(HBO)

The other nominees: Patricia Arquette, The Act (Hulu); Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us (Netflix), Vera Farmiga, When They See Us (Netflix); Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon (FX); Emily Watson, Chernobyl (HBO)

Should have been nominated: Elizabeth Perkins, Sharp Objects (HBO)

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