Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Emmy Predictions 2017: Who Will Likely Get Nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie?

From June 12 to June 26, voting is taking place for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie.

2016 Nominees:
        Kirsten Dunst for FX's Fargo
        Felicity Huffman for ABC's American Crime
        Audra McDonald for HBO's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
        Sarah Paulson for FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (WINNER)
        Lili Taylor for ABC's American Crime
        Kerry Washington for HBO's Confirmation

This has been the race to watch for the last few months. It seemingly has the most locks of any category with the two leads from both Feud and Big Little Lies solid for nominations. And then, there are around six performances all vying for those final two slots. That makes this race incredibly competitive. I expect the actual win will be a fight between Jessica Lange and Nicole Kidman. But right now, it's just fun to speculate over who will get those final two slots. When Oprah Winfrey or perennial nominee Felicity Huffman aren't certainties, then this is a tough race that should be getting as much attention as it can. 

So now, here's my thoughts on the performers must likely to be nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:
  1. Jessica Lange for FX's Feud: Bette and Joan
  2. Nicole Kidman for HBO's Big Little Lies
  3. Susan Sarandon for FX's Feud: Bette and Joan
  4. Reese Witherspoon for HBO's Big Little Lies
  5. Carrie Coon for FX's Fargo
  6. Oprah Winfrey for HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Felicity Huffman for ABC's American Crime
  2. Bryce Dallas Howard for Netflix's Black Mirror: Nosedive
  3. Freida Pinto for Showtime's Guerrilla
  4. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel for Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  5. Joanne Froggatt for PBS' Dark Angel
  6. Mary-Louise Parker for ABC's When We Rise
  7. Jodie Comer for Starz's The White Princess
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Katie Holmes for Reelz's The Kennedys: After Camelot
  2. Sanaa Lathan for FOX's Shots Fired
  3. Idina Menzel and Nia Long for Lifetime's Beaches
  4. Maddie Baillio for NBC's Hairspray Live!
  5. Hayden Panettiere and Catalina Sandino Moreno for Lifetime's Custody
  6. Andrea Riseborough for Acorn's Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution
  7. Lindsay Duncan for PBS' Churchill's Secret
  8. Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy and Chloe Pirrie for PBS' To Walk Invisible: The Bronté Sisters
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Keeley Hawes for Starz's The Missing
  2. Julianne Nicholson for USA's Eyewitness
  3. Laverne Cox for FOX's Rocky Horror Picture Show
  4. Jennifer Nettles and Alyvia Alyn Lind for NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
  5. Adria Arjona for NBC's Emerald City
  6. Abigail Bresling for ABC's Dirty Dancing

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!