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  • Tavish
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    Comedy Series:

    “Louie” / “Sleepover” / Louis C.K. [4 noms / 0 wins]

    “Silicon Valley” / “Sand Hill Shuffle” / Mike Judge [2 noms / 0 wins]

    “The Last Man on Earth” / “Alive in Tucson” / Phil Lord & Christopher Miller [both – first nomination]

    “Transparent” / “Best New Girl” / Jill Soloway [first nomination]

    “Veep” / “Testimony” / Armando Iannucci [first nomination]

    I think, it’s Iannucci vs Soloway (Lord & Miller as spoiler). Louis C.K. obviously is overdue here, so if he win, I don’t mind, but his episode quite unusual (surreal) choice for comedy (especially in comparison with Modern Family directing which won straight four times). Judge seems as an outsider, but who knows what happen in the end.

    Drama Series:

    “Boardwalk Empire” / “Eldorado” / Timothy Van Patten [10 noms / 1 win]
    “Homeland” / “From A To B And Back Again” / Lesli Linka Glatter [3 noms / 0 wins]

    “Game of Thrones” / “Mother’s Mercy” / David Nutter [2 noms / 0 wins]
    “Game of Thrones” / “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” / Jeremy Podeswa [2 noms / 0 wins]

    “The Knick” / “Method and Madness” / Steven Soderbergh [first nomination in this category]

    Van Patten and Soderbergh already won an Emmy (though the latter won in miniseries category), and they don’t need another quick triumph. I’m assuming that both “Game of Thrones” directors blocking each other, and the most logical choice would be Lesli Linka Glatter. The fact that “Homeland” returned in the main category, only helps her to win.

    Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special:

    “American Horror Story: Freak Show” / Ryan Murphy [2 noms / 0 wins]

    “Bessie” / Dee Rees [first nomination]

    “The Honourable Woman” / Hugo Blick [first nomination]

    “Houdini” / Uli Edel [first nomination]

    “Olive Kitteridge” / Lisa Cholodenko [first nomination]

    “The Missing” / Tom Shankland [first nomination]

    “Wolf Hall” / Peter Kosminsky [first nomination]

    Honestly, I don’t know what to do with this chaotic category. It’s should be the battle between Cholodenko and Kosminsky (Murphy as spoiler, perhaps), but that’s not like we have a clear frontrunner, any candidate can win. Interesting fact: it’s the first time ever in history of this category to have a seven nominees (fyi: in 2002 in this category eight* directors won for “Band of Brothers”).

    * including David Nutter

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I think the innovation of the Last Man on Earth pilot combined with good will towards Phil Lord and Christopher Miller could get them a surprise win in the Comedy Directing category. It could have a similar fate as My Name Is Earl in its first season, which won Comedy Directing and Writing but couldn’t even get nominated for Series.

    Drama Directing is totally up for grabs as I could see it going any number of ways, except “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”. Lesli Linka Glatter has the DGA win, but right now I think it’s between Tim Van Patten’s Boardwalk Empire and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick. They tend to reward first episodes in this category so I’m giving the edge to Soderbergh for now.

    Miniseries/Movie is probably going to Lisa Cholodenko, which would be deserved. She has indie clout and she’s not as polarizing as Ryan Murphy. I would say Peter Kosminsky is in the running but Wolf Hall underperformed a bit. But never underestimate the Brits.

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    Madson Melo
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    #356815

    Ianucci (Miller/Lord ru)

    Glater (Van Patten ru)

    Cholodenko (Kosminsky)

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    Emmys2011
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    Drama:

    5. Soderbergh would be a lock if there was the slightest bit of support for the show, so it probably was name checking.

    4. Boradwalk Empire has won two times, so there might be a surprise for its final season.

    3. Lesli Linka Glatter has a big shot here. She´s a multiple nominee (with zero wins), dga winner for this episode, and maybe they´ll want to reward Homeland´s big comeback in this category. Plus, it deserves it.

    2-1. I think Game of Thrones is winning drama series, so they´ll probably acompany that with a directing award. Its a show more suitable for directing than writing, and they got two noms, so this is the most likely winner (for what episode, that I don´t know).

    Comedy:

    Its gotta be Veep or Transparent. 

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    TomHardys
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    A DGA win is hardly an indicator these days. Look at who have won for the past years in each category: 30 Rock, Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm & Breaking Bad (Felina), Breaking Bad (Fifty-One) and The Killing. However I still think they’ll award either Transparent or Last Man on Earth in the directing category and then give the Emmy for Ianucci for Writing and to be honest that would be fair. In the Drama field Game of Thrones seems like the safest bet.

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    Deniz Sisman
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     I think Game of Thrones is winning drama series, so they´ll probably acompany that with a directing award. Its a show more suitable for directing than writing, and they got two noms, so this is the most likely winner (for what episode, that I don´t know).

    Actually its writing always was its better aspect than its directing. And WGA has embraced the show more than DGA so far.
    In fact, according to them it is the 40th best written show of all time. And only Modern Family and The Simpsons tops it, amongst still airing shows.

    Steven Soderbergh hasn’t even gotten nominated for DGA even though The Knick was more fresh in voters mind back in December, so he’s probably a name-check here. And even if he wasn’t he doesn’t have a big momentum to pull off an upset.
    And anybody who have watched Game of Thrones last year knows if it wins in this category it’ll be totally ”Mother’s Mercy” not ”U.U.U”

    And after the change in voting process this year, Guilds matter more than they have been before.

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    Comedy Directing

    1. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller 
    2. Armando Iannucci  
    3. Jill Soloway 

    Drama Directing  

    1. Steven Soderbergh
    2. Tim Van Patten
    3. Lesli Linka Glatter 

    Movie/Mini Directing 

    1.  Lisa Cholodenko
    2.  Ryan Murphy
    3.  Hugo Blick

     

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    Soderbergh and Soloway have this. For Movie/Limited. probably Cholodenko but the first episode of Freak Show is really well directed by Murphy so I wouldn’t count him out. I would count him out for the reason of losing this category for The Normal Heart last year 

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    WaltEagle
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    #356821

    It’s a great comedy race. I swear all five candidates are being discussed as at least a dark horse possibility by a bunch of posters (Judge the least, but I doubt he’s in 5th for the majority of posters or anything). It all depends what they’re looking for.

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    Madson Melo
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    I don’t see Soderbergh winning this, he’s the basically the sole nomination from the show. It reminds me of Neil Jordan and The Borgias.

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    TomHardys
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    #356823

    Of course not, it’s either Homeland or Game of Thrones (Mother’s Mercy).

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    Atypical
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    Iannucci gets a sendoff Emmy (Soloway can be rewarded in writing, which is more fitting); Soderbergh wins in simliar name fashion to Scorsese & Fincher. I’m honestly baffled by Directing Limited Series/Telefilm. WIth the vote stretched so thinly with seven nominees, it could go in just about any direction. I’m this close to predicting a “let’s get it over with already!” popular vote for Murphy here.

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    #356825

    I would not be surprised at all to see Tim Van Patten take it for Boardwalk Empire. He covers a lot of ground in that final episode, and voters clearly love Boardwalk Empire in this category.

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    manakamana
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    In Comedy, by the tapes alone, I think the Veep episode seems to be the “freshest” approach that draws itself the most attention in a category like that. With the show coming on strong this season with voters, I’d imagine he’s the frontrunner. 

    In Drama, I have the Homeland episode predicted. The DGA is one thing, as are the good reviews for that episode and her work, but Lesli Linka Glatter is also really well respected in industry circles and it seems like it’s her time. 

    In Mini-Series, I have little to no idea. I think I’d peg down Rees’ name, just because I can see a Bessie sweep in general (including all its acting noms). It seems like reliable catnip for the Emmys in the Movie/Mini categories. 

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    Tonbone
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    All I know is Transparent has to win either directing or writing, VEEP likewise seems extremely deserving of either category I just can’t tell which show will win each category. Right now I think Veep could win writing with Transparent winning directing since VEEP has so many jokes and I know in the directing comedy category they like shows that are more dramatic such as Glee, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, etc. On the other hand The Testimony episode of VEEP episode was brilliantly structured as though it was CNN footage so I would love for that to win directing with Transparent winning writing. The only remaining question is does anyone think Transparent will win nothing? 

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