Emmys mystery: Will there be upsets again in movie/miniseries categories?

Last year’s Emmys delivered major surprises in the TV movie and miniseries categories. While the top awards went as expected to “The Normal Heart” and “Fargo,” the acting trophies went to four longshots from a pair of programsJessica Lange and Kathy Bates for “American Horror Story: Coven” and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.”

While “Sherlock” is taking a break this year, both Lange and Bates are in contention for “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Which other projects and performers are out front to take home Emmys this year?

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The top contenders for Best Miniseries include: “A.D.” (NBC), “American Crime” (ABC), “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX), “The Casual Vacancy” (HBO), “The Honorable Woman” (Sundance), “Houdini” (A&E), “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” (Lifetime), “The Missing” (Starz), “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO), “The Red Tent” (Lifetime), “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (Lifetime), “Sons of Liberty” (History), “Texas Rising” (History) and “Wolf Hall” (PBS).

A smaller field is in the hunt for Best TV Movie: “Bessie” (HBO), “Derek: The Final Chapter” (Netflix), “Killing Jesus” (NatGeo), “Outlaw Prophet” (Lifetime), “A Poet in New York” (BBC America), “Whitney” (Lifetime) and “Worricker” (PBS).

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In addition to Lange, other past Emmy champs on the ballot for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress include Anna Gunn (“Gracepoint”) and Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”). Among prior nominees looking for their first win are Helena Bonham Carter (“Worricker”), Queen Latifah (“Bessie”), Juliette Lewis (“Secrets and Lies”), Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge”), Christina Ricci (“The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”), and Uma Thurman (“The Slap”).

Possible rookie contenders include Yaya DaCosta (“Whitney”), Cote de Pablo (“The Dovekeepers”), Rebecca Ferguson (“The Red Tent”), Kelli Garner (“The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”), Melissa George and Thandie Newton (“The Slap”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honorable Woman”), Katie Leung (“One Child”), Anna Maxwell Martin (“Death Comes to Pemberley”), Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”), Octavia Spencer (“Red Band Society”), Yvonne Strahovski (“24: Live Another Day”), and Allison Williams (“Peter Pan Live”).

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In this year’s competition as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor, there are three previous Emmy champs with strong chances: Ricky Gervais (“Derek: The Last Chapter”), Damian Lewis (“Wolf Hall”), and Kiefer Sutherland (“24: Live Another Day”). Prior nominees on the ballot include Michael Gambon (“The Casual Vacancy”), Bill Paxton (“Texas Rising”), Zachary Quinto (“The Slap”), and Christopher Walken (“Peter Pan Live”).

And possible first-time contenders include Ben Barnes (“Sons of Liberty”), Adrien Brody (“Houdini”), Tony Goldwyn (“Outlaw Prophet”), Tom Hollander (“A Poet in New York”), Timothy Hutton (“American Crime”), Richard Jenkins (“Olive Kitteridge”), James Nesbitt (“The Missing”), Bill Nighy (“Worricker”), Evan Peters (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”), Ryan Phillippe (“Secrets and Lies”), Matthew Rhys (“Death Comes to Pemberley”), Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall”), Peter Sarsgaard (“The Slap”), and David Tennant (“Gracepoint”).

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