2017 Emmy predictions slugfest: Limited series categories ‘ripe for an upset’ [WATCH]

“This category blows my mind,” Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria says about the 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Movie/Limited Actress before declaring it “the strongest category of the night” in a Gold Derby slugfest (watch above) with Riley Chow, Zach Laws and Amanda Spears about the eight main Limited Series and TV Movie categories. Despite the strength of the Actress nominees individually, Nicole Kidman is the consensus frontrunner for “Big Little Lies” and only Spears from the group is predicting an alternative: Carrie Coon for “Fargo.” Spears notes that she stands out from the competition of “A-list stars” because she “is this working actress who’s come up,” which makes her relatable and prone to voters’ sympathy.

Spears is again the outlier for Movie/Limited Actor, for which Riz Ahmed is the frontrunner for “The Night Of.” Spears fears that vote-splitting with co-star John Turturro will cost him the win, as she believes that it did at the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards already. She explains, “The problem is that John Turturro is a lot closer in this race than people are giving him credit for and he will probably take enough votes to swing this to Robert De Niro.”

“I don’t understand the predictions trajectory of this category,” Chow says about Movie/Limited Supporting Actor, another race with a clear frontrunner: Alexander Skarsgård for “Big Little Lies,” whom Chow dismisses as “a coattail nominee” without passion among voters beyond their affection for “Big Little Lies” at large. “This category is ripe for an upset,” Chow concludes.

Movie/Limited Supporting Actress is yet another category for which most predictors are in agreement. Woods explains that people are “wanting to see Laura Dern finally win something,” her pending “Big Little Lies” nomination being her career sixth at the Emmys; Dern has also lost twice at the Oscars.

Watch the hour-plus video above for further thoughts on these races and others:

00:00 – Best TV Movie
07:00 – Best Limited Series
15:50 – Best Movie/Limited Actor
28:35 – Best Movie/Limited Actress
38:45 – Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor
47:50 – Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actress
58:25 – Best Movie/Limited Writing & Best Movie/Limited Directing

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