Emmys 2019 predictions slugfest: Will Ava DuVernay win Best Limited Series Directing? [WATCH]

“This is a strong category,” I declare about Best Movie/Limited Directing to fellow Gold Derby contributors Luca Giliberti and Zach Laws in an Emmy Awards slugfest (watch the video above) in which we also predict Best Movie/Limited Writing. “Escape at Dannemora” director Ben Stiller took an early lead when he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Movie/Limited Directing in February. Then “A Very English Scandal” director Stephen Frears won the BAFTA Award for Best Fiction Directing in April. “Chernobyl” directed by Johan Renck won the Television Critics Association Award for Best Movie or Limited Series earlier this month. But our racetrack odds peg “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay as the Emmy front-runner for Best Movie/Limited Directing. Tony-winning “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail and Oscar winner Jessica Yu round out the category for different “Fosse/Verdon” episodes.

” ‘Chernobyl’ is going to give ‘When They See Us’ a run for its money,” Laws preaches to the choir in our slugfest, which found us all in agreement with the consensus that “When They See Us’ is out front in this race. Laws concludes, “I’m fascinated to see if ‘When They See Us’ or ‘Chernobyl’ can go on one of those ‘Big Little Lies’ or ‘People v. O.J.’-type sweeps.” Giliberti adds, “In Writing, they prefer individual episodes; in Directing, it’s the other way around ⁠— they like to award people who directed the entire season of their eligible show.” This year looks to be no exception with most of the nominees contending for their complete miniseries.

Make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 22. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more entertainment news.

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