July 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm #222303
People seem to think that because he’s Martin Scorsese and he’s slumming on TV, he’s a lock to win for directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot. And Frank Darabont is also a big name, so he’s considered a big contender for “The Walking Dead.”
I think Scorsese is probably the frontrunner because “Boardwalk Empire” is likely to be a big hit with voters, but I don’t think him being Scorsese makes him an automatic frontrunner.
Quentin Tarantino was nominated for directing an episode of “CSI,” but he lost (granted, to the unbeatable “Lost” pilot). And remember when Anthony Minghella was expected to be a shoo-in nominee and possibly the winner for “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” after his untimely death? He wasn’t even nominated. So I don’t think the directors’ branch is as succeptible to a recognizable name as the actors’ branch is. So I say Scorsese is the frontrunner but not a lock, and Darabont may not even be nominated.July 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm #222305
You give great points, Daniel.
But I think it’s hard to resist as well to give THE Martin Scorsese an Emmy. Don’t get me wrong with Quentin Tarantino (who deserves to lose for the Lost pilot) and Anthony Minghella but I guess in movie star leveling, Scorsese is already up up there with the greats. Plus, somehow it can be the Boardwalk Empire major win of the night (voters probably don’t think that way, but it can be somehow attributed to that as well).
I actually think Scorsese, Darabont, and Tim Van Patten all directed awesome pilots this season, and it sucks that they all have the same competition because all three would have been runaway winners in different years.July 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm #222306
If Tarantino had directed a prestige HBO episode, his chances for beating Lost would have increased tenfold. Unfortunately, CSI just isn’t up to the same level.July 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm #222307
I agree that the combination of his name plus the project makes Martin Scorsese the frontrunner, but I can still see him losing. If voters actually watch the nominated episodes, I’m not sure the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot will stand out apart from having Scorsese’s name attached. That, of course, depends on what else is nominated, but I’d be surprised and disappointed if that rather unspectacular “Boardwalk” pilot ended up being the best in the field.July 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm #222308
He is a lock…This is Martin Scorsese. He is more respected than Minghella and Tarantino (although Tarantino is close). There is no way Scorsese doesn’t get a nomination so he won’t suffer the same fate as Minghella’s work on The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Plus, Scorsese already won the DGA (Tarantino didn’t even get nominated for his work on CSI).July 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm #222309
I’d be surprised and disappointed if that rather unspectacular “Boardwalk” pilot ended up being the best in the field.
I think your surpise will also be cause dby your disappointment that it won, but there’s nothing surprising about it at all. I can already imagine the standing ovation he’ll receive when he gets that Emmy. That’s how much a lock he is.July 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm #222310
He’s not a lock. Locks are very rare in this unpredictable category (comedy direction and the series writing categories are more predictable), where even a series that isn’t nominated for Outstanding Drama Series has a chance of winning (the ER series finale a few years ago, the Deadwood pilot in 2004, Brooklyn South in 1998, and the Homicide pilot in 1993, which was directed by Oscar-winning film director Barry Levinson). The last time the Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Drama Series winners matched up was in 2007, when The Sopranos won its first (!) and only Emmy for direction.July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm #222311
The last time the Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Drama Series winners matched up was in 2007, when The Sopranos won its first (!) and only Emmy for direction.
Well seeing that I’m predicting a Mad Men four-peat, then this bodes well for Scorsese.July 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm #222312
He’s a lock for a NOMINATION, not a win.July 10, 2011 at 9:26 am #222313
He’s a strong, strong contender. Stranger upsets happen every year at the Emmys, but someone with his pedigree directing the hot new HBO series (all the various guild awards back in January/February are proof enough that Boardwalk Empire has been well-received by the industry) will be tough to topple. Plus, Boardwalk Empire‘s pilot has Scorsese’s auteurial stamp all over it — the show and its subject matter fit perfectly in his canon, and the episode plays much more cinematic than some other contenders. The Tarantino comparison is relevant, but this is a different situation — Tarantino had only been working in the industry for 14 years at the time of his Emmy nom; Scorsese has been around for 40. Scorsese is a different generation of directorial talent, and I think the potential glamour of that moment when he takes the stage will be too much for voters to resist. He’s not unbeatable, but he’s not going to lose.