Thursday, September 19, 2013

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Directing for a Drama Series

Nominees are pictured and listed in alphabetical order by show. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

Timothy Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire (Margate Sands)
Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad (Gliding Over All)
Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey (Episode 7)
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland (Q and A)
David Fincher, House of Cards (Chapter 1)

This category tends to favor pilots and standout season finales. For the second year in a row, both of the season finales of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Breaking Bad” are recognized. Van Patten won this award last year for the first time for his same show, which is longer nominated in most major categories this year but has won this award for the past two years. MacLaren was last nominated three years ago for an installment of her show. “Downton Abbey” returns with a nomination this year with a first-time nominee, Webb, honored. Glatter is a previous nominee for a 2009 episode of “Mad Men,” and “Homeland” is also honored with one nomination for the second year in a row. Joining the list two-time Oscar nominee Fincher for the Netflix freshman series.

What should win: Of this bunch, probably “Gliding Over All.”
What will win: It’s possible that “Boardwalk Empire” will take it again, but I think this will go to House of Cards.

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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