Emmy Awards: TV Movie/Limited Series Editing frontrunners – ‘Fargo,’ ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ …

There are 38 programs on the Emmy Awards ballot for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Picture Editing this year, up from 32 last year, 23 in 2014 and 19 in 2013. The race is extra competitive because programs are increasingly making multiple submissions. The ballot this year lists 61 entries, way up from 42 last year, 32 in 2014 and 24 in 2013.

Last year marked the first instance of no TV movie being nominated for its editing at the Emmys since 1968. Back then, there was only a single catch-all Emmy category for Best Picture Editing instead of the eight that exist now.

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Fargo” is the only program in the last five years that has occupied multiple slots. All three of its submissions from its first season were nominated in 2014. They lost to an episode from the third season of “Sherlock.” That Brit hit also took last year off and is back this year with another single submission. “Fargo” has submitted four episodes from its second season.

The last 15 winners in this category have been nominated at the Eddie Awards by the American Cinema Editors industry guild. This stat keeps “Fargo” in contention for the Emmy win, as its second season earned an Eddie nomination earlier this year. However, because the Eddies use the calendar year as their eligibility period instead of June to May like the Emmys, most major contenders for this year’s Emmys will contend for Eddies next year. “Coat of Many Colors” is the only Eddie nominee aside from “Fargo” that is eligible now. It may sound like an unlikely nominee here because it is a longshot in above-the-line races, but Best Movie/Limited Series Picture Editing nominees last year included “Houdini” (snubbed for Best Limited Series) and “24” (snubbed above-the-line entirely).

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“American Crime” scored a nomination for its pilot episode last year and has again entered three episodes this year, for its second season. First-time contenders include Best Limited Series frontrunners “The Night Manager,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Roots,” as well as Best TV Movie frontrunner “All the Way,” by Carol Littleton, who received a Career Achievement Award at the Eddies this year. The original “Roots” in 1977 earned four editing nominations, including a win; this remake hopes to match that haul with its four submissions.

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Submissions from top contenders:

“All the Way” (Carol Littleton)

“American Crime” (Liza D. Espinas): “Season Two: Episode Three”
“American Crime” (Luyen Vu): “Season Two: Episode Seven”
“American Crime” (Joanne Yarrow): “Season Two: Episode Eight”

“Coat of Many Colors” (Maysie Hoy)

“Fargo” (Bridget Durnford): “The Myth of Sisyphus”
“Fargo” (Regis Kimble): “Before the Law”
“Fargo” (Skip Macdonald): “Waiting for Dutch”
“Fargo” (Curtis Thurber & Skip Macdonald): “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!”

“The Night Manager” (Ben Lester): “Episode 2”

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (C. Chi-Yoon Chung): “The Race Card”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (Adam Penn): “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (Stewart Schill): “The Verdict”

“Roots” (David Beatty): “Night Four”
“Roots” (Martin Nicholson & Greg Babor): “Night One”
“Roots” (Neil Mandelberg): “Night Three”
“Roots” (James D. Wilcox): “Night Two”

“Sherlock” (Andrew John McClelland): “The Abominable Bride”

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