Memo to TV academy: Bring back Limited Series categories at Emmys

This year marked the first time since the rise of the miniseries in the 1970s that no such program won an Emmy despite a collective 16 nominations. And telefilms performed only slightly better with HBO’s “The Normal Heart” winning just two — Best TV Movie and Best Movie/Mini Makeup — of its 16 bids while the nine other such programs lost their collective 14 races. The rest of the combined awards for these genres were split between a pair of anthologies (“American Horror Story: Asylum” and “Fargo” ) and two continuing dramas (“Sherlock” and “Treme”) that each had short seasons. 

To that end, the TV academy should restructure or at least rename these categories. The Golden Globes are going with the “Limited Series” moniker, which the Emmys last employed in 1985. (Be sure to make your predictions in that race at the bottom of this post.)

Of the Best Miniseries nominees, the two traditional type programs — “Bonnie & Clyde” and “The White Queen” — were shut out as were the other five miniseries in contention in other categories.

Likewise for the Best TV Movie nominees “Killing Kennedy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and “The Trip to Bountiful.” And six other telefilms — “Anna Nicole,” “Burton and Taylor,”  “Clear History,” “Flowers in the Attic,” “House of Versace” and “Return to Zero” — were snubbed in other categories. 

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The seven miniseries and their losing nominations were: 

“Bonnie & Clyde”
• lost Miniseries to anthology series “Fargo
• lost Hairstyling to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Makeup to movie “The Normal Heart
• lost Sound Editing to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

“Dancing on the Edge”
• lost Movie/Mini Actor to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond”
• lost Cinematography to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

“Klondike”
• Lost Sound Editing to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

“Mob City”
• lost Hairstyling to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Sound Editing to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role to drama series “Black Sails”

“The Spoils of Babylon”
• lost Movie/Mini Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Original Main Title Theme Music to nonfiction series “Cosmos”

“The White Queen”
• lost Miniseries to anthology series “Fargo”
• lost Costumes to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Hairstyling to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Music Composition to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

You decide: Who will win Golden Globes in the 11 TV categories?

The nine telefilms and their losing nominations were: 

“Anna Nicole”
• lost Makeup to “The Normal Heart”
• lost Prosthetic Makeup to drama series “Game of Thrones”

“Burton & Taylor”
• lost Movie/Mini Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”

“Clear History”
• lost Music Composition to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

“Flowers in the Attic”
• lost Movie/Mini Supporting Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”

“House of Versace”
• lost Costumes to anthology series “American Horror Story”

“Killing Kennedy”
• lost Cinematography to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost TV Movie to “The Normal Heart”
• lost Sound Mixing to short season of drama series “Treme”

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
• lost Directing to anthology series “Fargo”
• lost TV Movie to “The Normal Heart”

“Return to Zero”
• lost Movie/Mini Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”

“The Trip to Bountiful”
• lost Movie/Mini Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost TV Movie to “The Normal Heart”

And “The Normal Heart” lost 14/16 nominations as follows:
• lost Casting to anthology series “Fargo”
• lost Cinematography to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost Costumes to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Directing to anthology series “Fargo”
• lost Hairstyling to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Movie/Mini Actor to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost Picture Editing to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost Prosthetic Makeup to drama series “Game of Thrones” [in combined category]
• lost four nominations in Movie/Mini Supporting Actor to short season of drama series “Sherlock”
• lost Movie/Mini Supporting Actress to anthology series “American Horror Story”
• lost Writing to short season of drama series “Sherlock”

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