Gold Derby senior editors Chris Beachum (CB) and Rob Licuria (RL) rate the 2011 nominated movies and miniseries as follows:
In one of the toughest categories of the year, the newly-amalgamated Best TV Movie/Miniseries category sees a resurgence for the longform genre, with four of the six contenders being lavish period pieces that span numerous installments. With a leading 22 nominations, it appears that "Mildred Pierce" is the likely frontrunner for the win, although PBS' US/UK "Masterpiece" co-production "Downton Abbey" is just behind it and primed for a possible upset win. The ReelzChannel acquisition "The Kennedys," bought after the History Channel unceremoniously dumped it earlier this year, is a likely darkhorse along with the Starz historical epic "The Pillars of the Earth." Filling out the category are two well-respected HBO telefeatures "Too Big To Fail" and "Cinema Verite," both of which will likely sit this one out as the bigger, more expensive productions take center stage in this race to the finish line.
2010 Golden Globe Winner: "Carlos"
2010 Golden Globe Nominees: "Carlos," "The Pacific," "The Pillars of the Earth," "Temple Grandin," "You Don't Know Jack"
2010 Emmy Winner (Movie): "Temple Grandin"
2010 Emmy Nominees (Movie): "Endgame," "Georgia O'Keeffe," "Moonshot," "The Special Relationship," "Temple Grandin," "You Don't Know Jack"
2010 Emmy Winner (Miniseries): "The Pacific"
2010 Emmy Nominees (Miniseries): "The Pacific," "Return to Cranford"