The countdown to Emmys continues! After last week’s un-realistic reality offerings it’s time to blur the lines between the big screen and its smaller, less important cousin (twice removed). This is the segment in the show where all the lowly TV people get to be see what true star power is when the movie stars descend from Olympus and grace the commoners with their presence for fifteen minutes before running away in horror and dousing themselves in hand sanitizer to try and scrub clean the memory that they ever sank to working in television in a blatant attempt for some naked gold validation. Ah, I kid because I love.
On with the opinions!
TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Top of the Lake
What Should Win: Top of the Lake
What Will Win: Behind the Candelabra
My personal preference leans towards Top of the Lake mostly due to a technicality. Technically it was amazing. Ok, that’s not entirely what I mean. Top of the Lake was fresh, innovative, and captivating. It was also a miniseries. Behind the Candelabra was a movie, made with a movie sized budget, directed by an Oscar winning director and starring critically beloved movie stars. It just happened to air on HBO, a channel already so cinematic its television shows completely eclipse anything networks create. And yes it was wonderful and great and blah, blah, blah, but pardon me for being a television purist and wanting something remotely television-esque to win a television award. I know I sound bitter, and in no way am I trying to diminish how truly great Behind the Candelabra was, it’s just annoying that the television industry has such an inferiority complex that as soon as some movie stars show up they shower them with awards in hopes that they’ll stay. Television is consistently creating higher quality art than most movie studios and Top of the Lake exemplifies that. That’s all I’m saying. (Side Note: Behind the Candelabra will also win for directing and writing. I would have included these separately but my ranting would have gotten very redundant.)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 WINNER in Supporting category)
Laura Linney, The Big C: hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Who Should Win: Elizabeth Moss
Who Will Win: Jessica Lange
Elizabeth Moss needs to win an Emmy. I need Elizabeth Moss to win an Emmy. The world needs Elizabeth Moss to win an Emmy. If there is any balance and rightness left in the world Elizabeth Moss will win an Emmy. It seems a lost cause to try and get her one in the drama category (which is so insane I cannot even comprehend it so I won’t try), but perhaps here she can shake some sense into people. Maybe here someone will notice she is one of the greatest talents of our generation who consistently delivers superb performances with a quiet subtly that is just as fierce as Jessica Lange’s preference for leaving a trail of chewed up and discarded scenery in her wake. Again, nothing against Jessica Lange, who is also consistently brilliant, but… Elizabeth Moss needs an Emmy.
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Who Should Win: Michael Douglas
Who Will Win: Michael Douglas
It’s Michael Douglas. He’s done everything he needed to. He took an interesting and controversial part in a well written and produced movie and he turned in a fabulous performance that could have quite easily turned into mockery in lesser hands. Now all that’s left is showing up on September 22nd and collecting his trophy. Sometimes it really is that simple.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
Who Should Win: Sarah Paulson
Who Will Win: Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson was really great. Most people seem to agree with me on that. That about sums up my reasoning for this pick.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake
Who Should Win: Zachary Quinto
Who Will Win: James Cromwell
This one is kind of a toss-up. Right now the numbers are with James Cromwell, but if anyone should win from AHS: Asylum I think it should by Zachary Quinto. Not to get too spoilery, but Quinto’s role required a bit more finesse in order for the fake out to work (which it did). Peter Mullan was equally as captivating in Top of the Lake and he could be a dark horse in the race. A very dark horse, way off on the horizon who probably won’t make it back to the stable before sundown.
And there that is. Check back next week when things really get interesting with my picks for comedies. Is there any nominee that stands a chance against Modern Family? Probably not, but let’s pretend otherwise and guess with our hearts!
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