For years, the limited series category has been the place to go to see big movie stars try their hand at television. And it’s no different this year, with strong contenders in the field including Oscar winners Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, Renee Zellweger and Jared Leto, and luminaries Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Oscar Isaac, Michael Keaton, Andrew Garfield and many more.
The Television Academy recognized the appeal of the limited series category by making it the final award at last year’s ceremony, but Emmy rules still give the categories fewer nominees than the drama and series areas. comedic. So we can expect more pitched battles here, although a few limited series – ‘The White Lotus’, ‘Dopesick’, ‘The Dropout’ – look set to completely dominate, especially in the actor and actress categories. Support.
Since the number of nominees varies depending on the number of entries in each category, we have also indicated the number of places available. In the event of a tie, the number of nominees may change.
Exceptional limited or anthology series
Number of applications: 5
In a year that makes it seem like many of TV’s most notable programs were limited series, it’s a shame that this category only had five nominees. And there also seems to be a clear top 5: “Dopesick”, “The Dropout”, “Maid”, “The Staircase” and “The White Lotus”. But that would mean bypassing the likes of “Under the Banner of Heaven”, “Station Eleven”, “Gaslit”, “Inventing Anna”, “Pam and Tommy”, “We Own This City”, “Moon Knight”, “Scenes From a Marriage” and “The First Lady,” among many others. Could this really happen?
Well, yes it could. Here is a category where we should all really hope for a tie that will at least bring the number of nominees to six.
Predicted nominees: “Dopesick”, “The Dropout”, “Maid”, “The Staircase”, “The White Lotus”
Pay attention to: “Inventing Anna”, “1883”, “Under the Banner of Heaven”
Outstanding TV Movie
Number of applications: 5
While the limited series category is ridiculously robust, the TV movie category seems much leaner. Barry Levinson’s WWII drama ‘The Survivor’, which played at the Toronto Film Festival last year as a theatrical feature before HBO picked it up, is the only sure contender, followed by many question marks. Two of the highest-profile contenders are animated features, Disney+’s “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers” and Netflix’s horror anthology “The House,” but no animated feature has ever been nominated in the category. Also in the running: independent films ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’, ‘The Fallout’ (about a school shooting) and ‘Fresh’; The TV spinoffs “Ray Donovan: The Movie” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas”; and nothing with the usually reliable Dolly Parton or Oprah Winfrey in the title. (Can “Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune” fill Dolly’s void?)
Anticipated nominees: “The fallout”, “The house”, “Ray Donovan: the movie”, “The sky is everywhere”, “The survivor”
Pay attention to: “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers”, “Fresh”, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie
Number of applications: 6
With the premiere of “Dopesick” last October, Michael Keaton has already won SAG, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards for his performance as a doctor who becomes addicted to opioids, and he’s also an Emmy favorite. Andrew Garfield and Colin Firth are right behind for the latest releases “Under the Banner of Heaven” and “The Staircase”, respectively, and from there the field is wide open. Jared Leto and Sebastian Stan have flashy roles as real people in ‘WeCrashed’ and ‘Pam and Tommy’, Ben Foster undergoes a complete physical transformation in the harrowing ‘The Survivor’ and Oscar Isaac is up for two different limited series. , the sci-fi epic “Moon Knight” and the brutally intimate “Scenes from a Wedding”.
Sam Elliott (“1883”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”) could also feature in this race, but we expect Leto and Stan to take two of the bottom spots and Isaac to take third. for the HBO drama, not the Marvel series.
Predicted nominees: Colin Firth, “The Staircase”; Andrew Garfield, “Under the Banner of Heaven”; Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Wedding”; Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”; Jared Leto, “We Crashed”; Sebastien Stan, “Pam and Tommy”
Pay attention to: Sam Elliott, “1883”; Ben Foster, “The Survivor”; Samuel L. Jackson, “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie
Number of applications: 6
This category is a godsend if you like famous actresses playing real people: Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout”, Lily James as Pamela Anderson in “Pam and Tommy”, Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell in “Gaslit”, Julia Garner as Anna Sorokin in “Inventing Anna”, Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter in “The Girl From Plainville”, Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson in “The Staircase”, Anne Hathaway as Rebekah Neumann in ” WeCrashed,” Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky in “American Crime Story: Impeachment,” Renee Zellweger as Pam Hupp in “The Thing About Pam,” and Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson as Firsts ladies Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt in “The First Lady,” among others.
But not all of these real people will fit, and Margaret Qualley and Jessica Chastain seem likely to be nominated to play fictional characters in “Maid” and “Scenes From a Marriage,” respectively.
Predicted nominees: Jessica Chastain, “Scenes from a Wedding”; Julia Garner, “Inventing Anna”; Lily James, “Pam and Tommy”; Margaret Qualley, “Maid”; Julia Roberts, “Gaslit”; Amanda Seyfried, “The Stall”
Pay attention to: Toni Collette, “The Staircase”; Viola Davis, “First Lady”; Anne Hathaway, “WeCrashed”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie
Number of applications: seven
Both supporting categories will likely be long on artists from “The White Lotus” and “Dopesick,” with those two shows potentially providing five of the seven nominees in that category. Murray Bartlett, Jake Lacy and Steve Zahn are all strong contenders from the first show, as are Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Will Poulter from the second. Once you get past these two behemoths, you have the odd turn of Matthew Goode as Robert Evans in ‘The Offer’, Naveen Andrews and/or William H. Macy in ‘The Dropout’, Dan Stevens in ‘Gaslit’ and even Seth Rogen. in “Pam and Tommy”, among others.
Predicted nominees: Naveen Andrews, “The Stall”; Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus”; Matthew Goode, “The Offer”; Jake Lacy, “The White Lotus”; Peter Sarsgaard, “Dopesick”; Michael Stuhlbarg, “Dopesick”; Steve Zahn, “The White Lotus”
Pay attention to: William H. Macy, “The Stall”; Tim McGraw, “1883”; Will Poulter, “Dopesick”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Anthology or Movie
Number of applications: seven
The category has seven slots, and the big question is how many will be occupied by “The White Lotus”. It’s rare for a comedy to top a category like this, but Jennifer Coolidge is the clear favorite and Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario and Natasha Rothwell all have good shots at nominations alongside Emmy regular Kaitlyn Dever for “Dopesick.” and Andie MacDowell for “Maid”. If three of the four Lotuses enter, contenders for the final two spots include Laurie Metcalf for ‘The Dropout’, Dominique Fishback for ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’, Rosario Dawson for ‘Dopesick’, Ellen Burstyn for ‘The First Lady’ . “, Juliette Binoche for “The Staircase”, Betty Gilpin for “Gaslight”, Chloe Sevigny for “The Girl From Plainville” and Daisy Edgar-Jones for “Under the Banner of Heaven”, among others.
Predicted nominees: Connie Britton, “The White Lotus”; Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus”; Alexandra Daddario, “The White Lotus”; Kaitlyn Dever, “Dopesick”; Dominique Fishback, “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”; Andie MacDowell, “Maid”; Laurie Metcalf, “The Dropout”
Pay attention to: Ellen Burstyn, “The First Lady”; Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Under the Banner of Heaven”; Chloé Sévigny, “The Girl from Plainville”
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