BEST TV MOVIE AND LIMITED SERIES
First of all, I still don’t know why they have limited this to five nominees when every other category has six. As for the actual nominees, Big Little Lies and The Night of, no problem. Fargo, great series. Feud: Bette & Joan more than deserved consideration.
But Genius: Einstein over American Crime. Now maybe more people watched one than the other, but American Crime was almost universally considered one of the best shows of the year. Genius barely registered. I’m grateful they didn’t go with The Young Pope or American Horror Story, but it would’ve been more logical to see them than Genius. Is there some obsession with National Geographic series that I don’t know?
BEST ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
This is almost perfect. Ahmed and Turturro deserved it. So did Cumberbatch. DeNiro was a real prize. And I wouldn’t be shocked if McGregor ended up winning the whole thing. But Geoffrey Rush over Timothy Hutton? That I can’t play. The wrong Oscar winner was considered this time, and Hutton will probably never get another chance with a role this good.
BEST ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
No objections at all. How could I? All six nominees were ones I wanted picked. I do think it’s a little bit of a digression not to consider Shailene Woodley one of the leads in Big Little Lies, but if I had to guess, she probably picked that out herself. So I won’t bitch.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
This is a little trickier. I am grateful that they went for my wild card of Bill Camp for The Night Of — I honestly thought he’d get overshadowed by showier roles. Michael K. Williams, more than deserved to be here. Alexander Skarsgaard, great choice. David Thewlis, perfect. Stanley Tucci, good choice. And I really can’t argue with Alfred Molina that much.
My main problem is that none of the brilliant actors who had any roles of note in American Crime were considered. Admittedly, it probably was tougher to deliberate which was a lead and which was supporting this season. It would’ve also been nice to see Martin Freeman nominated, but he’s won an Emmy already for this role.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
This is the category I have the most trouble with. Laura Dern deserved to be here. We can argue about Shailene Woodley being a lead or a supporting, but in the last analysis, I’m just glad she got nominated. Regina King is a tower of strength, and I really hope she makes it a three-peat. I’m glad to see Michelle Pfeiffer back in the running as well.
Admittedly, my choices for Feud may have been more ambivalent than any of the others. There were a lot of great female performers in the cast. Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman are at least at that level. My bigger gripe is that Mary Elizabeth Winstead was ignored for Fargo, and that Lili Taylor was shut out on American Crime. It’s a shame, but I can live with it.
That’s it for my reactions to the nominations. Stay tuned for further comments as we get closer to September 17th.