This year’s Winter Rewards Season offers a plethora of limited series with solid sets.
In one Variety In the award tour video presented by HBO, editors Danielle Turchiano and Michael Schneider revealed their predictions on how limited series like “Mare of Easttown” and “White Lotus” could perform at the Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes – and sadly, how ensemble actors may not get the recognition they deserve.
“I think everyone knows [âMare of Easttownâ] is loved. He won a number of Emmys – and if ‘Queen’s Gambit’ hadn’t been in the running he would have won the limited series, âTurchiano said.
Jean Smart, who plays Helen on the series, has been praised not only for âMare of Easttown,â but for âHacks,â which continues to receive critical acclaim.
âJean Smart continues to be a double threat with this and ‘Hacks’ in the winter rewards space,â said Schneider.
“White Lotus”, meanwhile, maintained its momentum earlier this year in part thanks to its traditional exit strategy.
âIt was a show we all talked about – that smart aspect of HBO distributing it week after week meant we were obsessed with it for weeks,â Schneider said.
Does that mean it’s finally time for Jennifer Coolidge, whose performance garnered plenty of praise and memes, for her moment in the limelight?
“It must be his time, it must be,” insisted Turchiano.
Murray Bartlett also captivated audiences as a lopsided hotel manager in Mike White’s HBO series.
“I mean, it was a character actor who killed him – I expect more good things for him in the future, but I think he absolutely needs to be recognized for playing that character.” , Schneider noted.
Another big contender is âDopesick,â starring Michael Keaton in his first leading TV role.
âHe’s already been celebrated in polls like Critics Choice and Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, as far as the set is concerned,â Turchiano said. âA: he’s getting into television, which is a big business, and B: he’s surrounded by so many great people who really bring humanity and life to, indeed, a news headline. “
There are doubts whether voters have embraced limited series of a darker nature, including “Scenes From a Marriage” and “The Underground Railroad”.
âBecause it’s so emotionally raw, I wonder if everyone is able to sit down and finish it,â Turchiano said of the first, with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.
Schenider added: “It’s kind of a problem, especially the limited editions, to dive into some really tough stuff that is really well done but nonetheless a barrier to entry for some voters.”
With some of the best limited-series ensemble TV shows, Schneider said it’s unfortunate that there isn’t a specific limited-series ensemble category at the SAG Awards.
“It’s unfortunate that there isn’t this category, but at least individually these can be awarded in other awards as well,” said Schneider.
Watch the full discussion above.