‘Saints and Strangers’ at Emmy Awards: A closer look at Best Movie/Mini Casting race

At this year’s Emmy Awards, watch for National Geographic Channel’s limited seriesSaints and Strangers” to be a major player in the Best Movie/Mini Casting category due to its worldly ensemble led by Critics’ Choice nominee Vincent Kartheiser. View the trailer above highlighting many notable cast members. Dish “Saints and Strangers” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.

As a reminder, “Olive Kitteridge” won this Emmy race last year for HBO while the other nominees were “American Crime,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Bessie” and “Wolf Hall.”

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The casting directors for the Nat Geo production are Amy HubbardRene Haynes (Native American casting) and Bonnie Roddini (South Africa casting). Hubbard was previously nominated at the Emmys for her work on “Hatfields & McCoys” (2012), which won trophies for Best Actor (Kevin Costner) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Berenger). Hayes is a two-time Emmy nominee for “Into the West” (2005) and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (2007), while Roddini would be a first-time contender.

Nat Geo Emmy submissions: ‘Saints and Strangers,’
‘Story of God’ below-the-line category placements

“Saints and Strangers” aired on Nat Geo over the Thanksgiving holiday and tells the story of the Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic on the Mayflower and their subsequent struggles with the Native Americans during their first year in the new world. “Mad Men” star Kartheiser plays William Bradford, the leader of the settlers whose great faith in a divine plan helps inspire his people in their new home of Plymouth, Massachusetts. This historical epic also stars Critics’ Choice nominee Raoul Trujillo as well as Anna Camp, Michael Jibson, Ron Livingston, Natascha McElhone and Ray Stevenson.

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If “Saints and Strangers” earns a nomination as Best Limited Series, it’ll be a first for the network in this category. Previously, Nat Geo contended in the Best TV Movie race for “Killing Jesus” (2015) and “Killing Kennedy” (2014). Make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmy nominations). Be sure to read our contest rules.

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