There were quite a few surprises at Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, but Best Limited Series was not one of them. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which had a leading 2/13 combined odds in our predictions, took the prize.
An 18-time nominee, “Versace” was the most nominated program in the limited series/TV movie field. It already won four Emmys at last weekend’s Creative Arts Awards and added two other awards Monday, directing for Ryan Murphy and lead actor for Darren Criss. This also gave the “American Crime Story” franchise its second win in the category, following its 2016 victory for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
“Godless” was in second place with 14/1 odds. The Netflix Western was the only other show in the lineup with multiple acting nominations, for Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, with the latter two winning for their supporting performances.
With 40/1 odds, “Patrick Melrose” was in third place. A passion project for star and nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose” surprised by getting into this category over presumptive nominees “Twin Peaks: The Return” and “Howards End.”
Tied with 66/1 odds were “Genius: Picasso” and “The Alienist,” the latter of which won Best Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role at Creative Arts. “Genius: Picasso” is seeking to give Nat Geo its first win in this category, while “The Alienist” would be the first TNT program to win this category since “Joseph” prevailed in 1995.