Starz’s new limited series adaptation of “Howards End” is positioning itself to do very well at the 2018 Emmys, much like the 1992 film of the same name. The movie “Howards End” won three Oscars (Best Actress for Emma Thompson, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction) and was also nominated for Best Picture. The limited series has rave reviews and could easily rack up multiple nominations at this year’s Emmys.
Based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, the limited series tells the story of Margaret of the bourgeoisie Schlegel family, who is bequeathed the titular country home by Ruth, an aging member of the wealthy Wilcox family, which causes an uproar between the families. Hayley Atwell is cast as Thompson’s Oscar-winning role of Margaret, while Julia Ormond plays Ruth, for which Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar.
Ormond is an Emmy winner for “Temple Grandin” but she isn’t the only Emmy winner in the cast. Tracey Ullman is also part of the limited series in the juicy role of Aunt Juley Mund. The series is adapted by Kenneth Lonergan, who just won an Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea,” with direction by Hettie Macdonald. This kind of pedigree could give “Howards End” the edge over its competition in many of the limited series/TV movie categories.
British productions like “Howards End” have found a slot almost every year at the Emmys. “Downton Abbey” was a mainstay for the entirety of its run, and in past years we’ve seen “The White Queen,” “Luther,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Wolf Hall,” “The Night Manager,” “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case” and the various “Sherlock” TV movies earn nominations. There will always be a contingent of the Television Academy that loves British dramas of this sort, especially well-reviewed productions like “Howards End.” With this being a more wide-open year for the limited series/TV movie category, “Howards End” could do extremely well in nominations and even compete for some wins.
Starz previously earned major Emmy nominations for Best Limited Series with both “The Pillars of the Earth” in 2011 and “The White Queen” in 2014. “Howards End” being a well-known, beloved property with a respected cast and crew will likely help earn the network its third nomination in this category. Gold Derby odds currently have “Howards End” in fifth place for Best Limited Series, behind “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Looming Tower” and “Godless.”
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