Ryan Murphy has won four Emmys, but only one of them has been a solo victory. That was his very first win in 2010, for directing the “Glee” pilot. Could he finally take home a second one all by himself this year for directing “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”?
Since Murphy’s “Glee” victory, his other three wins were shared with his fellow producers on “The Normal Heart” (Best TV Movie, 2014), “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Best Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series, 2016) and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Best Limited Series, 2016).
But he hasn’t been able to convert any of his subsequent individual nominations into wins: directing for “The Normal Heart” (2014), directing for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (2015), directing for “O.J.” (2016), and directing and writing for “Feud: Bette and Joan” (2017). He also lost his very first Emmy bid: directing for “Nip/Tuck” in 2004.
In some of these races, he never had a chance (“Olive Kitteridge” beat “Freak Show,” “Big Little Lies” beat “Feud”), but others were upsets (“Fargo” beat “The Normal Heart,” “The Night Manager” beat three episodes of “O.J.”). But maybe this is finally his year to get a bookend solo win.
Murphy is currently in first place in our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Directing odds for helming the first episode of “Versace,” a gripping hour that contains a stunning opening sequence of the fashion designer’s murder. The good news for him is that no other “Versace” episode is nominated, so he doesn’t have to worry about vote-splitting, which could be what doomed “O.J.” in 2016. “Versace” also leads all limited series with 18 nominations.
He does have to worry about David Lynch (“Twin Peaks: The Return”), Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose”) and Scott Frank (“Godless”), all of whom directed the entire seasons of their shows and submit the whole project. The last three winners, Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”), Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”) and Lisa Cholodenko (“Olive Kitteridge”), directed every episode of their limited series. Three’s a trend, right?
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