Hello Awards Circuit! The Emmys are right around the corner and we thought it might be fun to break from a traditional article/recap of the nominees and do a chat in live blog form. Each entry will cover a particular section of the nominated field (ie. Drama, Comedy, Reality TV, TV Miniseries or Moive). This weeks chat will focus on the TV Miniseries or Movie category that sees many Hollywood heavyweights battling it out in long form.
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Terence: I don’t know what your opinion of the nominees is, but this is perhaps the strongest field we’ve had in a while.
Joseph: I concur. I believe any of the nominated series could potentially win, but I pray it’s not the disappointing, thinly-plotted Hemingway & Gelhorn. I’m rooting for Game Change, just because I know American Horror Story will more than likely be nominated next year and the year after and the year after…
Terence: Yeah you’re right about Hemingway & Gelhorn seeming like the weakest in this field. I LOVED American Horror Story this season, although I think it’s committing slight category fraud (no matter what the Emmy Committee says!) But I have a confession to make…
I haven’t seen Game Change.
Joseph: Well, it’s on HBO Go, so there’s really no reason not to, especially since Julianne Moore delivers arguably career-best work here. I agree about the category fraud for American Horror Story, hence why The Awards Circuit had it in the drama field for ACCA TV.
Terence: Ugh, I know. I feel ashamed every time I think about this list and having not seen it but I can’t bring myself to watch a movie about Sarah Palin/live through it again, regardless of how magnetic Julianne is. I’ve heard great things about it and it would probably be the winner were it not for the behemoth of American Horror Story.
Joseph: I think this is Hatfields & McCoys to lose, and I’m saying that having not seen it, but that’s my gut feeling at the moment.
Terence: Really? I just finished watching Hatfields & McCoys and found it enjoyable, but it suffers from the same thing Hemmingway does in that the plot becomes razor thin despite great acting and engaging film making.
Joseph: But Hatfields & McCoys stretches out to multiple episodes. With Hemingway & Gelhorn, you have one allotted time where characters aren’t allowed to really develop and their stories don’t get a chance to sink in. Oh and by the way, Clive Owen was atrocious as Hemingway, so I wouldn’t call the movie great acting all-around.
Terence: Yeah but the stretch is ultimately the problem. Its 290 mins long. With not much happening other than people getting shot and Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton chewing scenery. I’m convinced if Peter Jackson watched it, he’d be convinced NOT to split The Hobbit into another movie…no matter what our resident Jackson fanboy Mark Johnson and Tolkien stans might want lol
Joseph: Okay, you just jumped to a whole other tangent. Poor Mark.
Terence: Haha, I rag on Mark all the time about this. But seriously that running time really thins the plot out. It is going to give voters some pause.
Joseph: But they don’t have to see it all in one stretch — that’s my point. Hemingway & Gelhorn is long and pesty. Nicole Kidman is amazing in the film, but there’s very little else I can praise. Even the amazing David Strathairn wasn’t given nearly enough screen time.
Terence: True…what do make of the British contingent? People have tripping over themselves to praise both Luther and Sherlock and they’ve both got powerhouse actors at the center. Could either pull off the upset?
Joseph: Not likely because the buzz doesn’t match up to the likes of Game Change, Hatfield & McCoys, American Horror Story, and *cringes* Hemingway & Gelhorn. I do however think Idris Elba has a very good shot at “Best Actor” for Luther. He just needs to nab it over Woody Harrelson. Now if Clive Owen wins for Hemingway, I will be throwing crap at my television. I also think there’s a very good chance that Paxton & Costner will split the votes, which means their chances won’t be as high as the rest.
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Terence: Well since you’ve already given some analysis, Lead Actor is interesting. I’d jump for joy if Idris Elba got an Emmy for Luther. That show is so endlessly complex and dark, and Idris is fantastic on the show. His role is something we’d never see from a main character on a TV procedural here in the US. It’s exciting to watch. But I have a feeling Cumberbatch will end up winning.
Joseph: Cumberbatch is more of a populist choice, but I’m not sure he’ll win this year for Sherlock. It’s too soon, and he’ll get more opportunities with the same role, plus I am not sure if Cumberbatch could win over the other top tier actors who the committee must love being included on the Emmy Show.
Joseph: I do think Idris and Woody are neck and neck right now. If you said Idris was the frontrunner, I would not argue with you. The guy has had an incredible two years, and I hear his acting in Luther is just beyond amazing, so I wouldn’t mind if he won. I do, however, really love Woody in Game Change. He’s surprisingly restrained, which is crazy given this is Woody Harrelson we’re talking about, but his performance is so effective and commanding in a subtle way.
Terence: Subtle is not something I normally ascribe to Mr. Harrelson lol
Joseph: Exactly, Terence…that’s why Woody Harrelson is so amazing in Game Change; he proved his versatility.
Terence: Well my horse in this race is definitely Idris. But speaking of horse races, Leading Actress is looking like a neck and neck battle between Moore and Kidman. I can tell a lot of the sentiment is riding with Julianne Moore, but it’s like she’s wearing “Award Winner” repellant in that she hasn’t won a major statue since a Daytime Emmy in the 80s!
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch
Joseph: If Julianne Moore doesn’t win for Game Change, I will be floored. I do really love Nicole Kidman as Gelhorn, but Moore deserves this without question. She makes Tina Fey look like a bad actress, although when the Emmy committee will figure that out, I’m not sure…
Terence: Yeah I think it’s Moore’s time to win SOMETHING. My goodness, she’s been so good for so long. I’m thinking that since this role is so showy it’ll be impossible for it to lose.
Joseph: It’s not just showy, it’s the closest an actor has ever come to perfectly capturing the look, personality, and accent of a political figure in any cinematic form. By the way, the Ashley Judd nomination laughable. I guess a show being canceled midway through a season makes it a “miniseries.”
Terence: -_- for Ashley Judd; she’s is like the red headed step child of this group…I’d rather them have gone for 4 nominees if they were going to have Ashley steal a spot from my favorite miniseries performance: Romola Garai in The Hour.
Joseph: Unknown actors usually won’t make the miniseries list if Hollywood heavyweights are involved, so sorry to Romola Garai. I do love the Connie Britton nod. Can’t get enough of this woman, although I won’t be watching Nashville…hmm…I’m in a quandary.
Terence: I think Nashville looks like a fun trashy mess so I’ll definitely tune in lol
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys as Sally McCoy
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Terence: Speaking of women I can’t get enough of, Jessica Lange might as well stand on the stage when they get to her category so we won’t have to wait for her to walk up to give her speech for the inevitable win.
Joseph: Yes indeed, although her speeches have been kind of blah/nervous so if there’s a chink in her armor, it could be that.
Terence: Ha! I wish she would do her speech in character as Constance.
Joseph: Me too! BTW Terence, are you as upset as I am that Frances Conroy, who arguably plays one of the more annoying characters in American Horror Story, got nominated for Best Supporting Actress over Taissa Farmiga? That’s some straight up BS right there.
Terence: Um I loved Frances so no LOL. However, this is the one category where I feel bad that a nominee won’t have a chance because of a front runner. Mare Winningham is sooooo good in Hatfields & McCoys but that Lange train has already ran her shot at winning over.
Joseph: BTW, a big hooray for my girl Sarah Paulson AKA the woman who better win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for ‘Twelve Years a Slave’
Terence: Sarah Paulson won’t even be in contention for that movie but wish you can lol
Joseph: We’ll find out next year. That girl should have been in contention for Best Supporting Actress for Martha Marcy May Marlene but alas, it was not meant to be…
Terence: You’ve hijacked the conversation! Maybe it’s cause you glimpsed the nominees for supporting actor which is my least favorite category this year….
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
Ed Harris, Game Change
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Joseph: Yeah, as much as I loved Game Change, I’d sooner give Ed Harris a Razzie for his F-bomb performance as John McCain than an Emmy. The Denis O’Hare nomination over Evan Peters is just plain evil.
Terence: Haha supporting actor is like the land of the snubbed. No Evan Peters, Warren Brown from Luther, Ben Wishaw/Dominic West (depending on category fraud) from The Hour…
Joseph: That Denis O’Hare nomination is for True Blood, but the Emmy committee will never admit it a la Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers when really it should have been Blue Velvet. Rooting for David Strathairn on this one.
Terence: I’d like to see Martin Freeman win.
Joseph: Martin Freeman winning would be great too. But Peters should be here.
Terence: Stop making me think of Peters not being nominated! I’ve been crying like Moira since they announced the nominations.
Joseph: Perhaps his character was too controversial for the committee to embrace.
Terence: Oh I’m sure it was…but I’ve never felt more affected by a supporting character than that. It didn’t hurt his performance that on the show he shot a character who was going to Georgia Tech, my alma mater lol that got my attention as much as his great acting.
Joseph: I think perhaps he reminded them too much of one of the Columbine shooters, but I agree he should have been nominated. A shame he wasn’t.
Terence: Yeah, well he’ll have a shot next year. Anyways, let’s wrap this up. What are your predicted winners for the miniseries/movie for TV categories.
Joseph: Predicted Winners Are…
Best Actor: Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris, Game Change
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Miniseries/TV Movie: Hatfields & McCoys
Terence: And my predicted winners are…
Best Actor: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Best Supporting Actor: Martin Fremman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Miniseries/TV Movie: American Horror Story
Alright that does it for our chat today. Hope you’ve had a fun time reading this and tune in next week for our comedy commentary. Bye!
Joseph: Goodbye everyone!