Will ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ or ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ win Best Hairstyling Emmy?

FX and Ryan Murphy have become a force to be reckoned with in the Limited Series/Movie Categories. While the “AHS” franchise” has never won Best Limited Series, it has racked up 15 Emmys wins for its first five seasons with most of those coming in the technical categories. Indeed, each edition of “American Horror Story” has contended for Best Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie, winning three times (2012, 2014, 2015). It lost to “Behind the Candelabra” in 2013 and Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” last year.  For “AHS” to win again, it will have to get past another Murphy production, “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Both “American Horror Story: Roanoke” and “Feud” contend for the series as a whole. “Roanoke” and its stylists Michelle Ceglia, Valerie Jackson and Jose Zamora could be at an advantage as their show featured both different performers playing the same role and others who portrayed both both modern-day and historical figures. Ceglia shared in those three “AHS” Emmy wins. Joining her is Jackson, a past two-time Emmy nominee for “Mad Men” (2014, 2015) and Emmy newcomer Zamora who’s previously worked on “Gone Girl” and “True Detective.”

The “Feud: Bette and Joan” stylists Chris Clark, Ralph Michael Abalos, Wendy Southard, and Helena Cepeda had to recreate the hairdos worn by Hollywood royalty including in its most ambitious episode “And the Winner is…(The Oscars of 1963).” Clark won this award last year while  Abalos a  four-time Emmy nominee (“Two and a Half Men,” 2008-2010 and “So You Think You Can Dance,” 2015) and Southard is a one-time contender (“MadTV,” 2009). This is the first Emmy nomination for Cepada who’s previously worked on “Parks and Recreation.”

While “Feud” did not air in time to compete at the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards its stylist Clark (along with Natalie Driscoli) won the period award for “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” edging out, among others the “AHS” team who did win on the contemporary side.

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