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64th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Predictions -- The Miniseries and The Movies
The Emmys, 2012 Edition
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 23rd. It's time for us to get together and award old favorites and new, obscure premium cable movies that nobody actually watched but everyone will pretend they did on Monday around the water cooler. Check out the predictions for the Best Miniseries and Made-For-TV Movies below.
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
- American Horror Story (FX)
- Game Change (HBO)
- Hatfields & McCoys (History)
- Hemmingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
- Luther (BBC America)
- Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
The Winner: Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
Why? Sherlock made a mistake in nominating only its second-strongest episode of its three-episode second season, but the show’s impact is hard to deny, so it will take top honors anyway.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINSERIES OR MOVIE
- Kevin Costner as William “Devil Anse” Hatfield, Hatfields & McCoys
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
- Idris Elba as Det. John Luther, Luther
- Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, Game Change
- Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, Hatfields & McCoys
The Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Why? Cumberbatch rose to international acclaim for his take on the well-loved, oft-portrayed iconic detective. The Emmys will recognize the energy and crispness he brings to the role, along with the fantastic chemistry he shares with his co-stars.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, American Horror Story
- Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone, Missing
- Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Game Change
- Emma Thompson as She in The Song of Lunch
The Winner: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Game Change
Why? A high-profile actress playing a high-profile, controversial public figure in a made-for-tv movie from perennial Emmy favorite HBO? What’s not to love?
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINSERIES OR A MOVIE
- Tom Berenger as Jim Vance, Hatfields & McCoys
- Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
- Ed Harris as John McCain, Game Change
- Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey, American Horror Story
- David Strathairn as John Dos Passos, Hemingway & Gellhorn
The Winner: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Why? Freeman brings a focused, understated energy to a role that balances and grounds his co-star Cumberbatch.Plus, the chemistry they share is undeniable.His performance is stronger in The Reichenbach Fall, but that in no way diminishes the fantastic job he does in Belgravia.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
- Frances Conroy as Moira O’Hara, American Horror Story
- Judy Davis as Jill Tankard, Page Eight
- Jessica Lange as Constance Landgon, American Horror Story
- Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace, Game Change
- Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy, Hatfields & McCoys
The Winner: Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon, American Horror Story
Why? When American Horror Story got itself positioned as a miniseries instead of regular tv series, it picked up nominations left and right. It won’t win everything, of course, but it won’t go home empty-handed, either. Jessica Lange’s performance was so popular that the producers are bringing her back to next season’s complete reiteration of AHS as a completely different character. The Emmys will probably feel the same about her and give her the award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE, OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
- Philip Kaufman for Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Paul McGuigan for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
- Sam Miller for Luther
- Kevin Reynolds for Hatfields & McCoys
- Jay Roach for Game Change
The Winner:Kevin Reynolds for Hatfields & McCoys
Why? Hatfields & McCoys received numerous nominations and was a very popular outing for The History Channel this year. It’s sure to take something home, and directing a large series with a large cast in a period piece is no easy feat.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE, OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
- Neil Cross for Luther
- Bill Kerby, Ted Mann, & Ronald Parker for Hatfields & McCoys
- Steven Moffat for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
- Abi Morgan for The Hour
- Danny Strong for Game Change
The Winner: Danny Strong for Game Change
Why? Though the HBO adaptation only focused on the parts of its source material that dealt with Sarah Palin (I for one would have loved to see the Hilary Clinton / Barack Obama dueling campaigns dramatized alongside it), the adaptation was a strong one nonetheless and will be recognized here by the Emmys.