‘American Horror Story’ will scare up Emmy nods, but ‘Candelabra’ will win top prize

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.

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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.

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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.

Below are our predicted Emmy nominees for movies and miniseries by program. Click here for our predictions by category. And also check out our predictions for drama and comedy.

American Horror Story: Asylum”
Movie/Miniseries
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

Behind the Candelabra
Movie/Miniseries
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Matt Damon
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Michael Douglas
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – Rob Lowe

Top of the Lake
Movie/Miniseries
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Elisabeth Moss
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – Peter Mullan
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Holly Hunter

“Phil Spector”
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Al Pacino
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Helen Mirren
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor – Jeffrey Tambor

Political Animals
Movie/Miniseries
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Sigourney Weaver
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Ellen Burstyn

“Parade’s End”
Movie/Miniseries
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch

The Bible
Movie/Miniseries

“The Big C: Hereafter”
Movie/Miniseries Actress – Laura Linney

“The Girl”
Movie/Miniseries Actor – Toby Jones

“Steel Magnolias”
Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress – Alfre Woodard

One thought on “‘American Horror Story’ will scare up Emmy nods, but ‘Candelabra’ will win top prize

  1. Still trying to hold out hope “Behind the Candelabra” doesn’t win. To me, its just a gay-type version of “Showgirls” – A movie that supposed to be serious but is painfully bad and completely trashy.

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