Emmy Experts go out on a limb to pick ‘Big Little Lies’ for Best Limited Series

Big Little Lies” will win the Emmy for Best Limited Series according to our Experts, the 20 top TV journalists we’ve polled for their predictions. But they’re going out on a limb. The rest of our prediction groups still give the advantage to “Feud”: our Editors who cover awards year-round, our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s nominations, and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations. So are the Experts right?

There seems to be a close race brewing between “Big Little Lies” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” in just about every category on the ballot. In three acting categories the two limited series are neck-and-neck: Nicole Kidman (“Lies”) vs. Jessica Lange (“Feud”) for Movie/Mini Actress, Laura Dern (“Lies”) vs. Judy Davis (“Feud”) for Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, and Alexander Skarsgard (“Lies”) vs. Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci (“Feud”) for Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. The only acting race where the two programs are absent is Movie/Mini Actor where the female-centered shows have no contenders.

But when it comes to the top category, half of our Experts (10 out of 20) are predicting “Big Little Lies”: Michael Ausiello (TVLine), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

Eight other experts are backing “Feud”: Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

The last two Experts, Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) and Anne Thompson (IndieWire), think the crime drama “The Night Of” will take top honors. But everything may change tomorrow once we find out what shows are nominated, for how many awards, and in which categories. That could mean all the difference between a frontrunner and an also-ran.

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