In a controversial decision, next year’s Emmys will combine the lead and supporting races for Movies/Miniseries, meaning we’ll have only two acting winners (one man, one woman) instead of the usual four in the longform categories.
This ruling has received its fair share of outrage in our Gold Derby forums, but the Emmys seem unlikely to change their minds. The two new races will be called Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries.
This year’s Emmy winners in the longform races were lead actress Julianne Moore (“Game Change“), supporting actress Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story“), lead actor Kevin Costner (“Hatfields and McCoys“) and supporting actor Tom Berenger (“Hatfields and McCoys“).
If the categories were combined this year like they plan on being next year, which two performers would have made it to the stage and which two would have stayed in their seats?
It seems like a no-brainer Costner would have triumphed over co-star Berenger as Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. Costner received most of the praise for the popular miniseries, while Berenger gave much more of a subtle performance.
The race for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries is a bit harder to predict. While Moore received near-universal acclaim for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the HBO political movie, don’t forget that Lange took home the SAG award and the Golden Globe, and was nommed by the Television Critics Association for her role on the horror antholoy series.