“American Horror Story: Coven,” the third cycle of FX’s anthology series, follows the teachers and students of a school for witches in New Orleans. Five-time Golden Globe champ Jessica Lange leads the impressive roster of new and returning cast members that also includes fellow Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe, Tony champs Patti LuPone Denis O’Hare, Globe winner Frances Conroy, Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
This season’s storylines, which range from poignant to outrageous, have included battling the onset of old age, overcoming racism, burning witches at the stake, and bringing the dead back to life. There was even a memorable zombie onslaught that felt like it came from the pages of “The Walking Dead.”
As Fiona Goode, head supreme of the witch coven, Lange leads the race for Best TV Movie/Mini Actress with odds of 21/10 based on predictions by Gold Derby’s Editors, Top 24 and Users. In 2011 she prevailed in the supporting category for the first iteration of “American Horror Story.” Last year, she jumped up to lead but lost to Julianne Moore (“Game Change“).
In the catch-all TV Supporting Actress race, Bates lands in the #1 position for her over-the-top role as torturer-turned-maid Madame LaLaurie. While Paulson and Bassett make Gold Derby’s top 10, Bates’ closest competition in this category are Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad“), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey“) and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones“).
While none of the show’s male actors is predicted to reap Globe bids, the show currently lands in second place for Best TV Movie/Miniseries, behind Emmy champion “Behind the Candelabra” and ahead of “Top of the Lake,” “Phil Spector” and “Luther.”
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