Could ‘Olive Kitteridge’ sweep Emmys like ‘Angels in America’?

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Could “Olive Kitteridge” repeat the Emmys success of “Angels in America”? Easier said than done. “Angels” pulled off a typically unthinkable sweep on Emmy night in 2004, taking Best Miniseries, as well as writing, directing and all four acting prizes. Added to its four Creative Arts wins, that brought “Angels” to 11 victories total, at that point tying the record set by “Eleanor and Franklin” (1976) for the most wins for any program in a single year. (That record was later broken by the miniseries “John Adams” in 2008).

Now “Olive Kitteridge” is nominated in all seven categories that “Angels” won during the 2004 telecast, and according to our current predictions, it’s the frontrunner to win almost all of them. We give it best odds for Best Limited Series, Movie/Limited Actress (Frances McDormand), Movie/Limited Supporting Actor (Bill Murray), Movie/Limited Writing and Movie/Limited Directing.

Meanwhile, lead actor Richard Jenkins is a close second in his race behind David Oyelowo (“Nightingale“). So the biggest challenge for “Olive” may be to bring supporting actress Zoe Kazan along for the ride; she ranks fifth with 100/1 odds.

Our forum posters are discussing what they think about “Olive Kitteridge” and its potential to match the historic “Angels” sweep on Emmy night. Read some of their sample comments below, and click here to join the discussion.

Could ‘Wolf Hall’ pull off another British upset for Best Miniseries Emmy?

taloson: It has a better shot than people think of completely sweeping. Hell, it could even get Directing and Writing on top of that.

Tavish: Miniseries category much more interesting than in previous years. And remembering what happened last year (“Sherlock’s” unexpected wins, [upsets by Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates]), predicting who wins now almost impossible. Any nominee can shock us in any category.

Atypical: No, I don’t see it completely sweeping, and certainly not taking all four acting categories, writing, directing, and limited series. Voters clearly loved the series (Zoe Kazan squeaking by is proof of that). Sad that they didn’t see fit to remember Cory Michael Smith, but still. It’ll hopefully take a good haul of its nominations.

Somnambulist: I can see “Wolf Hall” taking several trophies, even Outstanding Limited Series if there’s passionate support.

ChristopherK: OMG – what a sacrilege that would be. “Angels in America” was a masterpiece. “Olive Kitteridge” was like, as Dorothy Zbornak would say, “I would rather be bound and gagged, and left on an anthill covered with honey.”

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