In 2012, the first installment of the FX horror anthology series “American Horror Story” was one of the top nominees at the Emmys, with 17 bids overall, but it was the HBO docudrama “Game Change” that won top honors as Best Movie/Miniseries. A similar result is expected this year.
Our experts, editors, and more than a thousand users logged predictions at Gold Derby, and they expect “American Horror Story: Asylum” to be nominated for Best Movie/Miniseries and to sweep the acting categories with five bids and three wins — for lead star Jessica Lange and supporting actors James Cromwell and Sarah Paulson — but it’s a true-life HBO drama that is likely to win the top prize again: “Behind the Candelabra,” about the relationship between Liberace and his younger lover Scott Thorson.
As “Candelabra’s” central couple, Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are both likely to be nominated for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor, with Douglas forecast to win for his transformation into Liberace. Rob Lowe, a previous Emmy nominee for “The West Wing,” is favored to be nominated for his supporting role as a plastic surgeon.
They’ll face off for Best Movie/Miniseries against Sundance’s seven-part mystery thriller “Top of the Lake,” which is also expected to reap bids for actors Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, and Holly Hunter.
USA’s “Political Animals” will also contend for the top prize, as well as in acting categories for Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn. HBO’s period romance “Parade’s End” and History’s “The Bible” will round out the category.
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Jessica Lange
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – James Cromwell
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – Zachary Quinto
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Sarah Paulson
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Lily Rabe
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Al Pacino
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Helen Mirren
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – Jeffrey Tambor
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch
“The Big C: Hereafter”
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Laura Linney
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Toby Jones
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Alfre Woodard