HBO is expected to continue its decades-long dominance of Best TV Movie at this year's Emmys. Our exclusive Gold Derby odds have the period piece "Bessie" heavily favored to win with leading odds of 2/11.The biopic starring Queen Latifah as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, picked up 12 nominations this year, more than its five category rivals combined.
Two of the other contenders have two bids each: the HBO productions "Nightingale" starring David Oyelowo, which is in second place at 12/1 and "Hello Ladies The Movie" starring Stephen Merchant, which is tied for last at 100/1. The other three nominees are "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case" starring David Suchet at 50/1, "Killing Jesus" starring Haaz Sleiman at 50/1, and "Grace of Monaco" starring Nicole Kidman at 100/1.
Since 1993, HBO has won this race every year but two: in 2000, when ABC's "Tuesdays with Morrie" prevailed, and in 2003, when the prize went to TNT's "Door to Door." That remarkable run doesn't include the three years when movies and miniseries were combined into one category. In that consolidated race, HBO telefilms won two out of three times, for "Game Change" (2012) and "Behind the Candelabra" (2013); the first season of "Downton Abbey" won this combined category in 2011.
For the first time, this award will be presented at Saturday's Creative Arts ceremony rather than the live prime-time show on Fox the following Sunday at which Queen Latifah contends for Best Movie/Mini Actress. If "Bessie" prevails, she would pick up her first-ever Emmy as she is credited as an executive producer. The other producers are the late Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Randi Michel, and Ron Schmidt.
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Photo: Queen Latifah in "Bessie." Credit: Frank Masi/HBO