Emmy Awards 2016: Best Movie/Mini Directing frontrunners: ‘All the Way,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Night Manager’ …

The Emmy Awards ballot for Best Movie/Limited Series Directing lists 66 submissions from 45 programs. This category is especially kind to HBO movies: “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (2014), “The Girl” (2013), “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (2012) and “Cinema Verite” (2011) each received Best Directing nominations despite being snubbed for Best Writing. “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” earned only one other nomination while “The Girl” was not nominated for Best TV Movie. HBO telefilms in contention this year include “All the Way” and “Confirmation.” The former was helmed by Jay Roach, who has a perfect record in this category, having won for both his previous TV movies:  “Game Change” (2012) and “Recount” (2008).

Emmy Awards 2016: Best Movie/Mini Writing frontrunners: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ ‘Roots,’ ‘Fargo’ …

In 2014, the first season of “Fargo” picked up two Best Directing nominations from five submissions. For the second season, only three of their directors were submitted. Fellow FX anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson” has adopted the same strategy (as detailed below). For its fifth season, “American Horror Story” has entered the helmers of two episodes, down from six in 2015 (one nomination), six in 2014 (one nomination), five in 2013 (snub) and four in 2012 (snub).

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Like “American Horror Story,” “Sherlock” has been nominated the last two times that it has been eligible, in 2014 and 2012, after having been snubbed in 2011. “Luther” is also competing this year for the fourth time, having been nominated in 2012 and snubbed in 2011 and 2014. Unlike “Fargo,” “American Horror Story” and “Sherlock,” the submitted director for “Luther” this year (Sam Miller) is the same one who was previously nominated for directing the series.

Notable miniseries in contention include “The Night Manager” and “Roots.” The former hails from Susanne Bier, who directed the Oscar winner for Best Foreign-Language Film “In a Better World” (2010). The latter is a remake of the 1977 miniseries of the same name, which received four Best Directing Emmy nominations, including a win.

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Submissions from top contenders:

“All the Way” (Jay Roach)

“American Horror Story” (Bradley Buecker): “She Gets Revenge”
“American Horror Story” (Michael Goi): “Flicker”

“Confirmation” (Rick Famuyiwa)

“Fargo” (Keith Gordon): “Loplop”
“Fargo” (Noah Hawley): “Before the Law”
“Fargo” (Michael Uppendahl): “Fear and Trembling”

“Luther” (Sam Miller)

“The Night Manager” (Susanne Bier)

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (Ryan Murphy): “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (Anthony Hemingway): “Manna from Heaven”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (John Singleton): “The Race Card”

“Roots” (Bruce Beresford): “Night Four”
“Roots” (Thomas Carter): “Night Three”
“Roots” (Phillip Noyce): “Night One”
“Roots” (Mario Van Peebles): “Night Two”

“Sherlock” (Douglas MacKinnon)

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