“Feud: Bette and Joan” scored 18 Emmy nominations, the most of any limited series this year. These are spread across 14 categories, which means that this Ryan Murphy period piece could go one better than the current record holder among limited series. “John Adams” won a record 13 Emmys in 2008.
“Feud: Bette and Joan” received double nominations in four categories: Best Limited Series/Movie Actress (Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon), Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor (Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci), Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actress (Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman) and Best Limited Series/Movie Writing. It also contends for directing, writing, casting, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, main title design, main title theme music, music composition, and production design.
“John Adams” was nominated in 23 categories and also had multiple nominees in four categories: Best Miniseries/Movie Cinematography, Best Miniseries/Movie Sound Editing, Best Miniseries/Movie Sound Mixing and three Best Miniseries/Movie Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane and David Morse). “John Adams” was able to win each of these categories, with Wilkinson prevailing in that acting race. However, this was under a ranked ballot. “Feud: Bette and Joan” will compete under a plurality vote.
“Feud: Bette and Joan” faces strong competition from “The Crown” in two of the Creative Arts Emmy categories: Best Period/Fantasy Costumes and Best Period/Fantasy Production Design. And all three of the acting races are nail-biters as is the program award.
Thirteen wins would tie the record, while twelve would put “Feud: Bette and Joan” in second place on the all-time list, ahead of “Angels in America,” which won 11 in 2003. Ten would mean it was in third place and nine wins would tie it with Murphy’s big winner from last year, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” and the most-watched limited series ever, “Roots” (1977).
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