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  • Ashkan
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    Over the past few decades, HBO has revived the television movie/miniseries as a brilliant art form, winning dozens of Emmys for their work. My personal favorite is Angels in America which I often rank among my favorite films ever. Which one stands out the most to y’all?

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    Bebe
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    “Mildred Pierce,” “John Adams,” “Game Change,” “Grey Gardens,” “Mrs.
    Harris,” “Temple Grandin,” “Taking Chance” — just some of my favorites
    in the past few years.

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    GoMe91
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    Honestly, Temple Grandin is my favorite so I picked “Other”. And I wish Mildred Pierce had been in the poll as well. There’s a limit, though, right?

    But, honestly, this is one of the reasons I love HBO. They’ve been keeping the “TV Movie/Miniseries” genre alive the past few years before the genre became cool again.

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    vinny
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    temple grandin

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    KyleBailey
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    Behind the Candelabra, The Normal Heart, and Temple Grandin were amazing. I also loved The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Mildred Peirce had 2 solid episodes that I really loved but the last 3 weren’t very good. Wit was also a good one. 

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    Icky
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    Band of Brothers, Wit, Temple Grandin. Everything else was middling or worse. Although I semi-liked Normal (Normal with Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson). 

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    jacob121
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    Band of Brothers, Wit, Temple Grandin. Everything else was middling or worse. Although I semi-liked Normal (Normal with Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson). 

    Angels in America was middling? 

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    BTN
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    Definietly And The Band Played On, The Pacific, Barbarians at the Gate. I liked Rasputin. Wit was amazing.

    LOL I only liked Mildred Pierce when the daughter grew up! The miniseries was enormously energized by the daughter being older and the performance of Evan Rachel Wood.

    The worst is Game Change and the most disappointing was Empire Falls.

     

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    Icky
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    [quote=”Eeeekk”]Band of Brothers, Wit, Temple Grandin. Everything else was middling or worse. Although I semi-liked Normal (Normal with Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson). 

    Angels in America was middling? [/quote]

    Strong work from Parker, Pacino and Wright and a few great scenes. Otherwise, it’s an overextended, overzealous, preachy four hours of monologues.  

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    FrozenBarbie
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    By far, my favorite HBO miniseries (of the ones I’ve seen) is Angels in America (it was six hours  – two parts, three chapters each). I’ve seen AiA four times, and will probably watch it a few more. Just love the writing and acting. But for me, once was enough for The Normal Heart.  I fell asleep during And The Band Played On, but I’ll give it another go at some point.  

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    GraysWay
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    I’m going to see “Temple Grandin” this evening, as I just found it on my movie site!  Until then, my two from the choices listed are “The Normal Heart” and “Grey Gardens.”

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    Denis
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    1. Band of Brothers
    2. Temple Granding
    3. The Pacific

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    Morgan Henard
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    I will always always always wonder if Claire Danes and Drew Barrymore would be Oscar winners had their films been released in theaters. 

    Temple Grandin aired on February 6, 2010, so that would have put Danes in contention with winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) plus other nominees Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine). Danes would have most definitely gotten in over Williams, but I don’t know if she would have been able to stop Portman. 

    Grey Gardens aired on April 18, 2009, so that would have put Barrymore in contention with winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) plus other nominees Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia). I have no doubt about it– Barrymore would have beaten Bullock. [And Bullock would later win for Gravity, beating Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.] Jessica Lange would have been in Supporting with winner Mo’Nique (Precious), Penelope Cruz (Nine), Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart). She would have gotten in over Gyllenhaal or even Cruz, but wouldn’t have come close to beating Mo’Nique. 

    Of course, going by the air dates, these were played just in time for Emmy contention. Had they been a theatrical release, who knows if they would have aired so early in the year (perfect for the Emmys), or if they would have been held off until the end of the year. Thankfully, Danes won her Emmy. And although Lange makes a deserving winner for Grey Gardens, I still have her third, for many reasons. The true best performance was by Sigourney Weaver (Lifetime’s Prayers for Bobby) followed by Barrymore. Although I don’t begrudge Lange winning, she would have been in Supporting at the Oscars (and Jeanne Tripplehorn would have been an afterthought, unless Grey Gardens landed massive nominations at the Oscars, something I don’t see happening there the way it did at the Emmys).  

    To stay on topic: My answer for TV-movie is Grey Gardens. I watched the original documentary before the film aired and my mind was blown. Jessica Lange’s career was revived after it aired (Thank you, Ryan Murphy), but Barrymore has been pretty quiet since. At least now we know she has it in her. 

    But I voted for Angels in America. Not since Roots has there been a greater miniseries.  

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    Atypical
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    “Angels in America” is my top choice by far and gets the vote. Other favorites include:

    “And the Band Played On”

    “The Corner”

    “Grey Gardens”

    “Miss Evers’ Boys”

    “The Pacific”

    “Recount”

    “Wit”

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    The Josephine Baker Story

    The Positively True Story of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

    Gia

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    Angels in America

    Temple Grandin

    Actressesin all of these films won Emmys except Angelina Jolie who was denied for Gia (Best Actress went to Ellen Barkin).  

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