Emmy Guide 2019: Limited Series and TV Movies

Jherrel Jerome in When They See Us
LIMITED SERIES
Chernobyl (HBO)
Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Sharp Objects (HBO)
When They See Us (Netflix)

Could win and should win: Chernobyl
Will win: When They See Us
Should have been nominated: True Detective (HBO)

The skinny: Almost every category comes down to Chernobyl or When They See Us. Both were about real-life tragedies and both were quite educational. The former was a ratings juggernaut and water-cooler topic for weeks on the old guard. When They See Us was a devastating critical darling that dropped all at once on the new guard. I could see it going either way, but When They See Us has the edge, given its urgency.

Fionn Whitehead in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
TV MOVIE
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Brexit (HBO)
Deadwood (HBO)
King Lear (Prime)
My Dinner with Hervé (HBO)

Could win: Brexit
Should win: Deadwood
Will win: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Should have been nominated: N/A

The skinny: Deadwood should have something to show besides Walter Hill’s award for directing the pilot. This would be a consolation prize, but at least it would be something. But Black Mirror is going to win again.

Jherrel Jerome in When They See Us
ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Could win: Jared Harris
Should win: Mahershala Ali
Will win: Jharrel Jerome
Should have been nominated: Ian McShane or Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood

The skinny: Newcomer Jharrel Jerome will ride the momentum of the show he anchored, beating out more seasoned veterans.

Patricia Arquette in Escape at Dannemora
ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Joey King, The Act
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Could win: Michelle Williams
Should win: Amy Adams
Will win: Patricia Arquette
Should have been nominated: Paula Malcolmson or Molly Parker, Deadwood

The skinny: Yet another award Amy Adams will lose. This is a race between her, Michelle Williams and Patricia Arquette, but I think the latter will walk away with it.

Michael K. Williams in When They See Us
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Asante Blackk, When They See Us
Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Could and should win: Stellan Skarsgard
Will win: Michael K. Williams
Should have been nominated: Stephen Dorff, True Detective

The skinny: Another tough category to pick, but I’ll go with Williams. Not only is he on the show that’s poised to sweep, he’s been doing stellar work for a long time. Maybe think of it as a long overdue award for playing Omar on The Wire?

Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen and Amy Adams in Sharp Objects
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Could and should win: Emily Watson
Will win: Patricia Clarkson
Should have been nominated: Eliza Scanlen, Sharp Objects

The skinny: *heavy sigh* Not nominating Scanlen when she was giving the best performance on the whole damn show is malfeasance. So it’ll be Clarkson’s turned-up-to-11 turn that will walk home with the award.

When They See Us
WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora (“Episode 6”)
Escape at Dannemora (“Episode 7”)
Fosse/Verdon (“Providence”)
A Very English Scandal
When They See Us (“Episode 4”)

Could and should win: Chernobyl
Will win: When They See Us
Should have been nominated: Deadwood

The skinny: If Chernobyl wins a lot, it will win here too. If When They See Us is dominating, it’s got this locked up.

Asante Blackk in When They See Us
DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon (“Glory”)
Fosse/Verdon (“Who’s Got the Pain”)
A Very English Scandal
When They See Us

Could and should win: Chernobyl
Will win: When They See Us
Should have been nominated: The Haunting of Hill House

The skinny: If When They See Us wins a lot, it will win here too. If Chernobyl is dominating, it’s got this locked up.

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