2017 was a historic year at the Emmys thanks to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won Best Drama Series, and Netflix’s “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” which won Best TV Movie. Those were the first streaming shows ever to win those awards, and now streaming services are looking to expand their territory even further by launching an invasion into the Best Limited Series race.
According to the early predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, the strongest streaming contender for Best Limited Series appears to be “Godless,” which ranks third with 7/2 odds. The seven-episode Western starring Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell and Michelle Dockery premiered last November, and it got off to a strong start in the awards season with a nomination for Daniels at the SAG Awards and bids for Daniels, O’Connell and Best Limited Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Oscar nominated creator Scott Frank (“Out of Sight,” “Logan”) was also nominated by the Directors Guild and Writers Guild.
But Netflix has additional longform options, including “American Vandal,” the comedy that also earned Critics Choice noms for Best Limited Series and Best Movie/Limited Actor (Jimmy Tatro), as well as a Writers Guild bid for New Series. And Carey Mulligan headlines the British crime drama “Collateral,” written by Oscar nominee David Hare (“The Hours,” “The Reader”).
Hulu is hoping to beat Netflix to the punch with “The Looming Tower,” its fact-based drama based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book about the years leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It currently ranks fourth in our predictions with 9/2 odds, and it also an has awards-friendly pedigree with cast members Tahar Rahim, Peter Sarsgaard, Bill Camp and Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jeff Daniels again, playing an FBI agent who is worlds apart from his Wild West outlaw in “Godless.” And the series is just as impressive behind the scenes, produced by Oscar winning documentarian Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) and Oscar nominated writer Dan Futterman (“Capote,” “Foxcatcher”).
Amazon could also get in on the action. After having success with its dramedy “Transparent” the company could strike in the longform race with its anthology series “Electric Dreams,” based on the stories of famed science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
But all of these shows will need to get past the more traditional Emmy contenders in longform categories. Specifically, the cable network FX has won Best Limited Series twice in the last four years (“Fargo” in 2014, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” in 2016). Our current predictions place the network out front again for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” their followup to “People v. O.J.” in Ryan Murphy‘s “American Crime Story” anthology series. “Versace” leads with 19/10 odds.
Do you think Netflix, Hulu or Amazon will break through for Best Limited Series, and if so, for which programs? As you make your own Emmy predictions, keep in mind that as we learn more from the networks and studios about their genre and acting placements for campaigns, we will continue to make updates to placements over the next few months.
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