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  • LexMG
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    Sorry, not sure if this thread already exists, couldn’t find one, but I was just curious about what everyone thought. Discuss!

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    Riley
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    We usually group them together and they do often share nominees, but the writing and directing categories are not interchangeable, with patterns distinct to them.

    The writing side loves to latch onto one show and just nominate it over and over again.  The directing categories are suckers for pilots and series finales and those often make up a majority of the nominees.  Unlike on the writing side, the directors rarely nominate a drama multiple times in one year and if the directors see a show too many years consecutively, they will just randomly leave it off, like they did with Mad Men a couple of years ago and with Lost twice in the middle of its run.

    So when analyzing the directing categories, the first thing to do is see if there are any notable pilots or series finales that have aired in the last year.  Once we have put those in, we can fill out the categories with perrenial Emmy favourites.

    Boardwalk Empire: Tim Van Patten, “Margate Sands”
    Breaking Bad
    : Rian Johnson, “Fifty-One”
    Homeland
    : Lesli Linka Glatter, “Q&A”
    House of Cards
    : David Fincher, “Chapter 1”
    The Newsroom: Greg Mottola, “We Just Decided to”

    Arrested Development
    Girls: Lena Dunham, “Together”
    Louie
    : Louis C.K., “New Year’s Eve”
    Modern Family: Gail Mancuso, “Arrested”
    30 Rock: Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Hogcock!”/”Last Lunch”

    I ignored The Office because although the show is a past winner, Steve Carell’s farewell was snubbed for How I Met Your Mother and could only get a writing nomination.  To the Emmys, I think that that was the series finale.  I also left off Christopher Guest’s Family Tree pilot because I just could not take out anything that I listed for it, nor could I find space for The Mindy Project to take New Girl‘s slot.  If I had to remove one, it would be Arrested Development since they only have one prior nomination here and we do not know that the episodes will be distinguishable enough to single out for an episode award like this.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Directing in a Drama Series

    Boardwalk Empire:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Allen Coulter, “Two Imposters”
    Directing in a Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, “Margate Sands”

    Breaking Bad:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Rian Johnson, “Fifty-One”
    Directing in a Drama Series: George Mastras, “Dead Freight”

    Homeland:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Lesli Linka Glatter, “Q & A”

    House of Cards:
    Directing in a Drama Series: David Fincher, “Chapter 1”

    Downton Abbey:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Brian Percival, “A Journey to the Highlands”

    Directing in a Comedy Series
    Girls:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, “Together”
    Louie:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., “New Year’s Eve”
    30 Rock:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Hogcock!/Last Lunch”

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    Gabriel
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    Enlightened’s directing was truly remarkable this season, with a handful of film directors lending their services. These four stood out to me:

    ENLIGHTENED
    “The Key” – dir. Nicole Holofcener
    “The Ghost is Seen” – dir. James Bobin
    “All I Ever Wanted” – dir. Todd Haynes
    “Agent of Change” – dir. Mike White

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    Riley
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    Downton Abbey:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Brian Percival, “A Journey to the Highlands”

    It might be wise to steer clear of the “Christmas” special this year.

    Some of these series, I am not sure which episode they are going to push and get nominated.  Whether the show will make it or the voters will, a decision needs to be made with Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad.  Each show has probably two episodes from their seasons that they probably would want to push as the directing nominee.  Each season finale from the shows was directed by the show’s in-house, producing, lead director.

    In Homeland‘s case, that episode has a DGA nomination to back it up and is also supersized in length.  On the other hand, you have Academy Award nominee Lesli Linka Glatter, who actually won the DGA for Mad Men a few years ago and for most people, I would say, “Q&A” represents the high-water mark of the second season of Homeland.

    In Boardwalk Empire‘s case, the Tim Van Patten-directed season finale actually won the Emmy last year, so it might be the same choice.  On the other hand, Allen Coulter is no stranger to the Emmys, with seven nominations under his belt and his penultimate episode of the season might be slightly more dynamic.  Then again, people said that same thing last year and the year before when he directed the penultimate episodes of Boardwalk Empire.  Hmm, I am going to edit my predictions above and switch to Van Patten.

    If you had asked me after the season finished airing what Breaking Bad episode would be their directing nominee, I would have said “Gliding Over All” because of its montages and because it was the finale and represented the season as such.  But then “Fifty-One” won the DGA and Breaking Bad got a whopping four episodes nominated by the WGA and “Gliding Over All” was not one of them, nor was Michelle MacLaren’s other episode this season in “Madrigal”.

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    Renaton
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    Directing in a Drama Series

    Boardwalk Empire:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Allen Coulter, “Two Imposters”
    Directing in a Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, “Margate Sands”

    Breaking Bad:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Rian Johnson, “Fifty-One”
    Directing in a Drama Series: George Mastras, “Dead Freight”

    Homeland:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Lesli Linka Glatter, “Q & A”

    House of Cards:
    Directing in a Drama Series: David Fincher, “Chapter 1”

    Downton Abbey:
    Directing in a Drama Series: Brian Percival, “A Journey to the Highlands”

    Directing in a Comedy Series
    Girls:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, “Together”
    Louie:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., “New Year’s Eve”
    30 Rock:
    Directing in a Comedy Series: Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Hogcock!/Last Lunch”

    I agree with you those will likely be the submissions. 

    Boardwalk Empire lucked out this year with the fact Fincher is almost a lock, being a big name in an acclaimed pilot. Had it not been for House Of Cards, they had a solid chance of being three-time Directing winners with “Two Imposters”. Even though I’m not a fan of the show, I actually really liked that epsiode and thought it would be too undeniable for Emmy voters in this category. My favorite one of the ones mentioned in your post, Johnson, is probably gonna have to settle with third or fourth place though. 

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    SaraR
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    Last year, Mad Men submitted nine(!) episodes and got one in, Breaking Bad submitted ten(!) and got one in, and both Boardwalk Empire and Homeland submitted four and got one in. And Downton Abbey played it strategically (again) and submitted a single episode. We at least know Breaking Bad will submit less episodes this year, if only because there are 8 to choose from. I guess this is just a case of Mad Men and Breaking Bad having a much larger rotation of directors shooting episodes than Homeland or BE. Three directors were responsible for 8 out 12 episodes in Homeland’s first season, and Michael Cuesta directed four himself.

    Anyway, I’m not sure whether the shows are pushing these directing nominees. At least on shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the sheer number of submissions suggests that the directors themselves are pushing their own shows, even when there may only be about two really standout episodes with respect to directing.

    On Homeland’s side, I think Lesli Linka Glatter is very close to a lock, given her personal pedigree and the pedigree of the episode in general (similar to last year’s “The Other Woman” that got the writing and directing nods — it was like the watershed episode of Mad Men’s 5th season and Hamm, Hendricks, and Moss submitted it for their performances, as well. I think we’re looking at a similar situation with “Q&A”). I think Cuesta will probably submit “The Choice” (which, at 65 minutes, isn’t terribly “supersized” considering “Q&A” is about 55 minutes), although “Beirut Is Back” is another contender. I also think Lodge Kerrigan’s “State of Independence” is another standout in the season.

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    Anyway, I’m not sure whether the shows are pushing these directing nominees. At least on shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the sheer number of submissions suggests that the directors themselves are pushing their own shows, even when there may only be about two really standout episodes with respect to directing.

    That might be true.  Even when Game of Thrones only submitted once for writing for its first season, they still submitted three or four in directing.

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    Nick Spake
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    FYC

    Outstanding Comedy Series Directing
    Community: Intro to Felt Surrogracy
    Louie: Late Show
    Modern Family: Arrested
    The Middle Last Whiff of Summer
    Parks and Recreation: Leslie and Ben
    30 Rocks: Last Lunch

    Outstanding Drama Series Directing

    Arrow: The Odyssey
    Boardwalk Empire: Two Imposters
    Breaking Bad: Dead Freight
    Homeland: The Choice
    House of Cards: Chapter 1
    The Newsroom: We Just Decided To

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    Macbeth
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    Louie will show up in both Writing and Directing

    For Writing, Louis C.K. will be nominated for the Late Show Part III, it is full of crackling dialouge and well written pieces that are just impossible to NOT award. For example:

    • The entire first scene with Louie and his two daughters, explaining why he needs to do the Late Show and how he needs to lose weight or else “no one will like him”. His two daughters, especially his youngest, say words filled with such humour but such wisdom that one very rarely finds in a comedy show
    • The scene where Jack Dahl (David Lynch) is giving Louie the three tips of showbusiness.
    • The whole Jerry Seinfeld speech, the banter between Paul Rudd and Louie and Susan Sarandon and Louie during the talk show

    This episode was very talky and not a huge amount of the episode could be said as being an amazing directorial effort as it was mostly a episode where the writing was strong.

     

    For Directing, Louis C.K. will be nominated for either New Years Eve or Miami. New Years Eve has honestly some of the most beautiful directing of the series. From the frantic doll fixing, to the telephone call with Amy Poehler, to finding Liz on the bus to ending up in China. It is honestly incredibly beautiful and if he doesn’t win Directing for this episode, then it will be a major travesty.

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