September 5, 2014 at 9:40 am #332074
I checked out right to 2004 and “Angels in America” and there was at least one acting winner coming from either Best TV Movie or Best Miniseries. Even 3 previous years, when the categories were combined, the winner always produced an acting winner along the way.
This year’s Mini/Movie field was the only place to shock which is what makes Emmys memorable, at least for me. “The Normal Heart” won Best TV Movie and “Fargo” was declared Best Miniseries and that went the way it was predicted. But that BOTH failed to win an acting Emmy was unthinkable before the ceremony.
[PS. Why actors didn’t join producers on the podium? “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” actors certainly felt comfortable to do just that while – in a wonderful moment nevertheless – Tolman and Hanks only stand up to clap while Roberts and Ruffalo went to podium because… they produced, am I right?]
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” prevailed in both male races, where “TNH” and “Fargo” took all remaining spots sans 2 in Lead Actor. Martin Freeman won Supporting over 4 “The Normal Heart” guys (their reactions were priceless) and Colin Hanks of “Fargo” (his reaction was pretty amazing too, as well as Tolman’s behind him). Freeman was nominated for “Fargo” himself in Lead Actor category and was considered the main contender to win along with his co-star Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Ruffalo of “…Heart”. Benedict Cumberbatch won in another upset.
There were no Lead Actress nominees from both shows but supporting entrants, Julia Roberts and Allison Tolman, both seen as strong contenders to win, lost to Kathy Bates of “AHS: Coven”. For Roberts it had to be deja vu moment as she lost to Bates at the Oscars during 1991 ceremony.
In total: “TNH” 6 lost acting bids. “Fargo” 4 lost acting bids. No wins.
Did it ever happen before that BOTH Mini-Series and TV Movie of the year failed to win an acting trophy?
September 5, 2014 at 9:53 am #332076
If I’m not mistaken, the category was always blended, until they decided to separate things this year, so it makes it even harder to think of a Mini/Movie that haven’t had an acting award.September 5, 2014 at 10:03 am #332077
No no, you’re mistaken. The only years when they were blended were 2011-2013 and even then there were acting winners for Best TV Movie/MiniSeries victors:
2011. Downton Abbey – Maggie Smith,
2012. Game Change – Julianne Moore,
2013. Behind the Candelabra – Michael Douglas.September 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #332078
The Pacific didn’t even receive any acting nominations and still won.September 5, 2014 at 10:29 am #332080
Looking through Wikipedia, the TV Movie and Miniseries categories were first split in 1980, so since then, we’ve had:
Special Bulletin; The Life and Adventure of Nicholas Nickleby
Something About Amelia; Concealed Enemies
is Never Silent; Peter the Great
1990: (TIE in Movie) Caroline?/The Incident ; Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
1991: (NO Movie) Separate But Equal
1993: (TIE in Movie) Stalin/Barbarian at the Gates; Prime Suspect 2
the Band Played On; Prime Suspect 3
Truman; Gulliver’s Travels
King: Only in America; From the Earth to the Moon
Lesson Before Dying; Hornblower: The Even Chance
Anne Frank: The Whole Story
Back in the 1970s, before they split, it looks like there were at least two more cases:
Columbo: Double Exposure
EDIT: Benito is right. Finney did win for Gathering Storm in 2002. Guess I must have misremembered that as the year Kenneth Branagh won.September 5, 2014 at 10:36 am #332081
Thanks. I thought it was more rare. Still, it’s the first time in 12 years, so it’s rather remarkable.September 5, 2014 at 10:41 am #332082
I did this too and posted at the same time as Halo Insider but…
2002 Albert Finney won for The Gathering Storm
1995 the winners didn’t get an acting win
Here’s my original post…I won’t delete…lol
This can’t be that hard to imagine happening quite a few times. And all it takes is a look on Wikipedia…
Here are some other years where the winners failed to get acting wins:
2001 Anne Frank the Whole Story and Wit
And look at the 90s…
1999 A Lesson Before Dying and Hornblower
1998 Don King and From the Earth to the Moon
1996 Truman and Gullivers Travels
1995 Indictment and Joseph
1994 And the Band Played On and Prime Suspect 3
1993 Barbarians at the Gate and Prime Suspect 2
1991 combined categories and Separate But Equals didn’t get an acting win
1990 tie for Movie Caroline? and The Incident and the mini winner was Drug Wars. No acting wins.
And in case you’re wondering what the exceptions were: 1997 Alfre Woodard won for Miss Evers Boys (movie winner) and Amanda Plummer won in 1992 for Miss Rose White (movie winner).
I’m sure you’ll find more if you look it up…September 5, 2014 at 10:55 am #332083
I know I would. I just hoped someone already knows it because if not here, then where? Thank you both.
So it’s even 13 years, wow. It looks like situations like that were common in lazy/crazy Emmy times throughout 1990s.
1997 was the last time when Best Drama and Comedy Series both failed to win an acting Emmy – “Law & Order” and “Frasier”.