When the Emmy nominations were announced on July 12, Charles Bright was devastated by the omission of one name from the Best Movie/Mini Actor race: Kyle MacLachlan for “Twin Peaks: The Return.” “You would think if he could get in, he can ride that Emmy I.O.U. from having lost to some stupid revival of ‘Columbo’ back in 1990,” he says. MacLachlan’s snub was one of many for the acclaimed Showtime revival, which also missed out in Best Limited Series and in all other acting categories despite snagging nine overall bids, including nominations for director David Lynch and co-writers Lynch and Mark Frost.
Bright recently joined Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow, Tom O’Brien, Amanda Spears and I in a slugfest about the Emmy nominations in the limited series and TV movie races. Watch our exclusive video above.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise, led the movie/mini races with 18 nominations. The first season, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” dominated the 2016 Emmys with nine victories. Can “Versace” follow in “O.J.’s” footsteps, or will it be defeated by “The Alienist,” “Genius: Picasso,” “Godless,” or “Patrick Melrose”?
Given “Versace’s” impressive haul, Chow was surprised that it only got one writing nomination, despite submitting two episodes for consideration. “If ‘American Crime Story’ really is at the top, the second episode should’ve gotten in,” he explains, “because it should’ve been the second most-voted option on the ballot.” Does that suggest it’s more vulnerable than it looks?
Spears believes that if there is a challenger, it’s Netflix’s “Godless.” “It’s got all the nominations it was expected to get,” she notes, including writing and directing for Scott Frank and acting bids for Michelle Dockery (lead), Jeff Daniels (supporting), and Merritt Wever (supporting).
O’Brien agrees, pointing out that its wide swath of nominations across categories (12 in total) “shows a little bit of a deeper bench than I would’ve thought” for the Netflix western.
And though it missed out in the top categories, I still think there’s hope for “Twin Peaks” fans: “It would not surprise me, nor would it upset me, if David Lynch won” Best Movie/Mini Directing for helming all 18 hours of the mind-bending series.
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