Predicting the 2010 Emmy Winners - Part 3 of 3 (THE MOVIES & MINISERIES)
And now we conclude the series on predicting the Emmy winners with the movies that were made for television, and the miniseries. . .
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: TEMPLE GRANDIN (Runner-up: YOU DON'T KNOW JACK)
- My Pick: TEMPLE GRANDIN (Runner-up: YOU DON'T KNOW JACK)
K.A.: This will easily, as it always does, go to the movie with the most heart, specifically made by HBO, and that is Temple Grandin. Anchored by Claire Dane's impressive performance, the movie makes you care about the real life hero and her battle with autism. If the award goes to any other film, I will be completely shocked.
ME: Jack probably would win if Grandin weren’t in the picture, but things being as they are, the latter looks like it’s going to walk away with it. Jack is a fine television movie, but it doesn’t have that kick to it that it needs to win .
- Kaison's Pick: THE PACIFIC
- My Pick: THE PACIFIC
K.A.: One is a big-budgeted miniseries from HBO and produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The other (Return to Cranford) is a small-scale British sequel to another miniseries that didn’t exactly rack up Emmy wins. Gee, I wonder who is going to win.
ME: Make the other 3 miniseries eligible (Alice, Emma and The Prisoner), and this is still isn’t a competition.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: Al Pacino, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK (Runner-up: Michael Sheen)
- My Pick: Al Pacino, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK (Runner-up: Ian McKellen)
K.A.: Al Pacino should easily win here. He’s an Academy Award winner doing TV. Voters love that. The only competition could come from Michael Sheen (The Special Relationship), playing the British Prime Minister for the millionth time now, or possibly Jeff Bridges (A Dog Year), if the buzz from his first Oscar win earlier this year carries over to the television voters.
ME: Pacino was great as Kevorkian, and you knew as soon as you saw the trailer that this thing was his. If Jack had come out another time, I think Sir Ian (The Prisoner) would be the winner. Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship) won’t win, but I was thoroughly entertained watching him play Bill Clinton.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: Claire Danes, TEMPLE GRANDIN (Runner-up: Judi Dench)
- My Pick: Claire Danes, TEMPLE GRANDIN (Runner-up: Judi Dench)
K.A.: Claire Danes will be winning her first Emmy Award for her performance as Temple Grandin. Danes gives one of the most amazing and compelling performances of the year and stands far above the rest of the nominees in this category. No one else comes close to winning, but if I had to pick, perhaps Judi Dench (Return to Cranford) could challenge her, just simply for being Judi Dench, Academy Award winner.
ME: Like Pacino, Claire’s Emmy was waiting for her as soon as the first preview aired. She’s come a long way since her past nomination for My So-Called Life.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: Patrick Stewart, HAMLET (Runner-up: Michael Gambon)
- My Pick: Patrick Stewart, HAMLET (Runner-up: Michael Gambon)
K.A.: Usually, the award here goes to some obscure actor no one’s heard of, but because Patrick Stewart has never won before (having been nominated previously multiple times), I have a feeling they might finally want to give him an Emmy here. I hear Michael Gambon is good in Emma, so if Stewart doesn’t win, I guess he will.
ME: It’s a shame Danny Huston wasn’t recognized for You Don’t Know Jack. He was quite good in it. Anyway, Stewart seems to have the meatiest role here. As much as I don’t care for Shakespeare on film, after watching him, it’s obvious that he’s the one to beat. I’m hoping Gambon can pull it off though. I didn’t much care for Emma as a whole, but I thought he was entertaining.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: Julia Ormond, TEMPLE GRANDIN (Runner-up: Susan Sarandon)
- My Pick: Brenda Vaccaro, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK (Runner-up: Susan Sarandon)
K.A.: Susan (You Don’t Know Jack) is good, but mostly got in because of her name. Julia gives a great performance as Temple’s patient mother. Catherine O’Hara is also great in Temple Grandin, but Ormond has the bigger role.
ME: While Sarandon was good in her supporting role, Vacarro gave the more memorable performance, particularly in the diner scene she shared with Pacino. Their interaction features a lot of yelling and terrific acting. Additionally, Vaccaro is a bit of a comeback story, and that can only help.
DIRECTING IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: THE PACIFIC - Part 9 (Runner-up: TEMPLE GRANDIN)
- My Pick: THE PACIFIC - Part 8 (Runner-up: TEMPLE GRANDIN)
K.A.: I have a feeling Tim Van Patten (The Pacific – Part 9 director, and Emmy winner for The Sopranos) will take home this win. He’s got a lot of love within the Academy. Watch out for Mick Jackson’s direction of Temple Grandin though. I was surprised at how well it was put together.
ME: Grandin seems to have benefited a great deal from Jackson’s direction, but I don’t think it stands a chance against a war series. The real question is which episode to pick. "Iwo Jima" (The Pacific – Part 8 episode) conjures up images akin to Saving Private Ryan and Letters from Iwo Jima, and because of that, I think it’s the one to beat.
WRITING IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Kaison's Pick: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP (Runner-up: TEMPLE GRANDIN)
- My Pick: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP (Runner-up: TEMPLE GRANDIN)
K.A.: Peter Morgan (The Special Relationship) is easily the most recognizable name on the ballot. Partially for his work, but mostly because of his name, I think Morgan will win his first Emmy. Temple Grandin is probably the most accessible story, so I expect it to come in a close second in the voting.
ME: I think Morgan deserves to win here. As he showcased with The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United, he knows how to write dialogue well, particularly when it comes to heated interviews. A win here (or in directing) by Grandin would show just how well-loved that movie really is, and neither potential victory is at all out of the question.
HOW WE DID
Kaison's Tally: 5 of 8 - 63% correct
My Tally: 4 of 8 - 50% correct
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