Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Emmy Predictions: Best Directing for a Drama Series

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 19th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Boardwalk Empire (Pilot), Boardwalk Empire (Anastasia), The Borgias (The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin), Game of Thrones (Winter is Coming), The Killing (Pilot)

The top contenders:
Georgia Peaches (Boardwalk Empire)
To the Lost (Boardwalk Empire)
Under God’s Power She Flourishes (Boardwalk Empire)
Pilot (Boss)
Box Cutter (Breaking Bad)
Crawl Space (Breaking Bad)
Face Off (Breaking Bad)
Salud (Breaking Bad)
Episode 7 (Downton Abbey)
A Man Without Honor (Game of Thrones)
Blackwater (Game of Thrones)
Garden of Bones (Game of Thrones)
The Dream Team (The Good Wife)
Pilot (Homeland)
Everybody Dies (House)
The Gunfighter (Justified)
Guy Walks Into a Bar (Justified)
Harlan Roulette (Justified)
Pilot (Luck)
Commissions and Fees (Mad Men)
A Little Kiss (Mad Men)
Far Away Places (Mad Men)
Mystery Date (Mad Men)
The Other Woman (Mad Men)
Pilot (Once Upon a Time)
Ashes (Rescue Me)

The roundup: Pilot tend to do well in this category, and the only one with a great shot this year is Homeland, though Boss, Luck, or Once Upon a Time could theoretically pop up. There was no Mad Men episode here last year, but I suspect at least one will make it through this year. The same is probably true for Boardwalk Empire, and “Blackwater,” the standout Game of Thrones installment from this season, is a good bet as well. Any Justified episode would be extremely worthy, and the lone submitted hour of Downton Abbey is also a serious threat. I’d watch out, however, for Breaking Bad, which has at least four episodes that could feasibly make the cut and would all be immensely deserving.  

The predicted nominees: Georgia Peaches (Boardwalk Empire), Salud (Breaking Bad), Blackwater (Game of Thrones), Pilot (Homeland), Commissions and Fees (Mad Men)

The predicted winner: Homeland

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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