Preview HBO’s hot Emmy contender ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’

The Emmy derby is about to get a massive A-list shake-up when HBO’s original film “Hemingway and Gellhorn” makes its long-awaited debut Monday, May 28. The film screens out of competition at the Cannes filmfest the week before. 

Golden Globe winner Clive Owen (“Closer,” 2004) and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” 2002) lead an all-star cast that includes Oscar champ Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” 1983), Emmy victor David Strathairn (“Temple Grandin,” 2010), SAG Drama Ensemble nominee Molly Parker (“Deadwood,” 2007) and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (“Monk,” 2003, 2005, 2006).

The star appeal of its cast should give “Hemingway & Gellhorn” some major Emmy attention when nominations are announced July 19. However, when HBO recently confirmed with Gold Derby all of their acting submissions for the year, Duvall was a notable omission.

Gold Derby’s Editors and Users are already predicting great things for the biopic, which tells the story of the relationship between author Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn in the 1930s. With 5/1 odds, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is just behind HBO’s “Game Change” (5/6) to claim the Best Movie/Miniseries prize. Owen tops the Movie/Mini Actor race with 6/5 odds, while Kidman (5/1) is hoping to overtake frontrunner Julianne Moore of “Game Change” (8/13) in the Movie/Mini Actress category.

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Traditionally, HBO movies have had incredible success at the Emmys. Since 1993, the paycaster took home 17 trophies in the Best TV Movie race, only losing on two occasions: 2000’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” (ABC) and 2003’s “Door to Door” (TNT).

But all of that was before the TV academy decided to merge movies and miniseries into a single category last year. PBS came out victorious with the first season of “Downton Abbey,” beating HBO telefilms “Cinema Verite” and “Too Big to Fail,” and miniseries “Mildred Pierce” (HBO), “The Kennedys” (ReelzChannel) and “The Pillars of the Earth” (Starz).

Philip Haufman directs “Hemingway & Gellhorn” from a script written by Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner. Watch HBO’s new trailer below.

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