July 19, 2015 at 10:02 am #354319
I think “Olive Kitteridge” is solidly out front for Best Miniseries, but it’s foolish to underestimate the British.
“The Lost Prince” upset “Empire Falls.” “Little Dorrit” upset “Generation Kill.” “Downton Abbey” upset “Mildred Pierce” (well, maybe not a huge upset, since we knew they liked “Downton” quite a lot).
Of course, “Kitteridge” got more acclaim than “Empire” or “Pierce,” but “Wolf Hall” was also loved quite a bit, and it aired more recently, so it may be fresher in some voters’ minds. What are the chances of it taking down “Kitteridge”?July 19, 2015 at 11:11 am #354321
It’s three-way race.
Frontrunner: Olive Kitteridge (screenplay based on great literary source; the story is simple, but elegant; there’s strong ensemble, big names; has a wonderful director Lisa Cholodenko; and 12 nominations is the factor that can’t be overlooked).
Runner-up #1: American Crime (has a fresh Oscar winner John Ridley; very populist, but touching storyline who could attract more large audience then, for example, The Honourable Woman; and voters clearly watched entire show because even Richard Cabral get in [he deserved this spot, his transformation quite impressive]), who has 10 nominations.
Runner-up #2: Wolf Hall (screenplay also based on acclaimed literary trilogy; has a marvellous ensemble with famous people who recognised by industry – from theatre genius Mark Rylance to Emmy winner Damian Lewis; and how we see on Downton Abby example [or Sherlock] voters loves reward british TV-projects), who has 8 nominations. What’s keeping me from predicting it’s winning – Claire Foy wasn’t nominated, and that means voters doesn’t watch the entire miniseries. I’m afraid that most voters could leaning towards more broad material such as American Crime & AHS: Freak Show.July 19, 2015 at 11:20 am #354322
I love this topic and the scary answer, of course, is YES.
Yes, Kitteridge seems to be out front, but personally, I think the upset will come from AHS: FS. Yes, I know, I know — horror genre doesn’t usually prevail, but we saw the franchise pull off two wins last year in the acting slots — Lange/ Bates.
But American Crime is really in this race, too, of course. Here is a list of past nominees and winners in this category:July 19, 2015 at 11:27 am #354323
First off Id like to point out the criminal snubbing of Jonathan Pryce who had an incredible season of work (he should have submitted himself for Game of Thrones). His absence, as well as Claire Foy, has me questioning it’s strength. AHS Freak Show was able to get in Denis O’Hare (love him, but not the most complex character to work with) and Angela Bassett (again, a wonderful actress, but what was so great about that character? Vastly underutilized). By contrast Olive Kitteridge managed Zoe Kazan, and American Crime surprised with both Regina King and Richard Cabral. Wolf Hall isn’t out of the running but Olive Kitteridge appears to have more support to me. Perhaps Damian Lewis can make up for the Tonys mistake (you killed it Nathaniel Parker!) and win for playing Henry VIII?July 19, 2015 at 11:35 am #354324
And oof Tom, Freak Show winning would be even scarier to me. Unless of course the award was changed to “Most Tedious Series”, or “Worst Use of Great Actors in a Series”. It would have been better if FX had nixed the season and opted to air reruns of Murder House and Asylum.July 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm #354325
Yes! I’ve been thinking this could happen since I saw it. I think it’s out front in the writing category and this is the type of series emmy voters will chew up. I don’t think it’s far behind Olive.July 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm #354326
I’m not sure in the Series race if Wolf Hall could pull it off. But after last years shocker in the writing category going to Sherlock that’s where I think it’s big win will come.July 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm #354327
I would say the other British miniseries is a threat. The Honourable Woman is amazingJuly 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm #354328
I would say the other British miniseries is a threat. The Honourable Woman is amazing
I’d love for that to be the case, but the shortfall in the nominations was kinda surprising. It got the biggies: Limited Series, Actress, Writing, Directing, but its supporting actors were snubbed, and it was snubbed across the board in Creative Arts categories; you’d think a tense thriller with its share of action would have made a dent in editing, sound, cinematography — something, anything. The fact that it didn’t makes me doubt there’s enough real support for it to win the top prize.July 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm #354329
I think “Olive Kitteridge” is the frontrunner. “Wolf Hall” needed just a few more nominations to indicate wider support (like deserved nods for Claire Foy and Anton Lesser). Getting in Zoe Kazan for little to no reason at all indicates that high level of support. The rest of the nominees don’t seem to have that something to win. I’ll binge on “The Honorable Woman” soon to see what that’s all about. I’ve seen the rest of the nominees. “American Crime” shouldn’t have aired on television, no less being nominated for 10 Emmys. It’s interesting that the least critically received season of “American Horror Story” reaps the most nominations. I doubt it will ever win the big prize, but the legacy of this series completely changing the miniseries game at the Emmys is impressive. It could squeeze out another acting win for the franchise.July 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm #354330
Aww. Saying Kazan got in for little to no reason is harsh – she got in because she expertly tugs on the heartstrings in the first 2 episodes of an HBO miniseries. I don’t see why she needs to be singled out, given how Claire Foy was way better than just about every other nominee as well.July 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm #354331
I loved the book so much and was so disappointed with the series. Very surprised at all the nominations. Thought only Claire Foy was worthy. Rylance is a wonderful actor, but he was unimpressive as Cromwell. And only the overrated Damien Lewis could make Henry downright dull. I expected more.
Luckily, one of my other favourite novels has been brilliantly adapted by the BBC: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Hope they won’t be forgotten next year.July 20, 2015 at 11:45 am #354332
Woah woah, Zoe Kazan was great.
The Lost Prince‘s only nominations were for best miniseries, costumes and art direction? Anything is possible then.
The Honorable Woman‘s snubs in supporting, editing, cinematography, sound and probably casting and music too were indeed very surprising.