‘Big Little Lies’ has a big little lead over ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ in Emmy race for Best Limited Series

Feud: Bette and Joan” may have the most nominations of any TV movie or limited series at this year’s Emmy Awards (18), but the Expert TV journalists we’ve polled so far from top media outlets think “Big Little Lies” is really the frontrunner to win Best Limited Series. Do you agree with our early Experts’ picks? It’s far from a done deal.

As of this writing eight of our Experts are predicting “Big Little Lies”: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (IndieWire) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

Telling the story of a murder mystery among affluent families in Monterey, California, “Big Little Lies” does have a lot of key advantages. It’s a literary adaptation like the 2015 winner “Olive Kitteridge.” It has a star-studded cast including Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and Oscar nominee Laura Dern. It’s directed by an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Wild”). It’s written by David E. Kelley, a TV legend who himself has won 10 Emmys, and who has won dozens more Emmys for the actors he’s written for. And with 16 nominations it has plenty of broad support from the TV academy, including in key categories for acting, writing, directing, editing and casting.

But our other four Experts still think “Feud” will win: Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine).

“Feud: Bette and Joan” is the first installment of a new anthology series that follows famous celebrity battles — this time Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, next season Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Like “Big Little Lies,” the 18 nominations for “Feud” include bids for acting, writing, directing and casting, though it missed out on a nomination for its editing, which could put it at a disadvantage. However, it tells a true Hollywood story that might resonate with members of the TV academy, and it comes from Ryan Murphy, whose last anthology “The People v. O.J. Simpson (American Crime Story)” swept the Emmys last year with nine wins. So don’t count it out.

The other three nominees for Best Limited Series are “Fargo,” “Genius” and “The Night Of.”

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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