"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is the most nominated TV program at this year's Emmys with 19 bids. Indeed, the "Horror Story" franchise has been at or near the top of the tally every year, having earned 17 nominations for each of its first three seasons. Of those 51 bids, it has won eight, but never taken home the top prize. Why has it always been snubbed? And will that change this year?
"Freak Show" earned key nominations for directing and casting. And the TV academy's acting branch loved it, nominating six of the cast, more than any other longform program. But the Emmys have long had a bias against sci-fi, fantasy and horror (think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica"). That is why "AHS" has lost, first to two prestigious HBO telefilms — "Game Change" (2012), "Behind the Candelabra" (2013) — when the category was combined and then last year to "Fargo," another FX anthology series.
As of this writing, "Olive Kitteridge" leads our predictions with strong 2/7 odds to win Best Limited Series, but not everyone agrees. Two experts say it'll be "Freak Show": Eric Deggans (NPR) and Gold Derby's own Tom O'Neil. Also betting on "Freak Show" is one of our Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's winners): ThePerksOfBeingAGriff. Are they right?
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Last year, our Experts had an accuracy rate of 58.62% when it came to predicting the Emmy winners. That score tied them with both Gold Derby's Editors and the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best at predicting last year's Emmys). Our Users scored 51.72% (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.)
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Photo: Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Credit: Everett/REX