Wednesday, September 7, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Directing for a Drama Series

This is the thirteenth category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Directing for a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: The Garveys at their Best (The Leftovers), If-Then-Else (Person of Interest), Five-O (Better Call Saul), Episode 7 (The Affair), Rakshasa (The Bridge)

Emmy nominees: Episode 9 (Downton Abbey), Battle of the Bastards (Game of Thrones), The Door (Game of Thrones), The Tradition of Hospitality (Homeland), This Is All We Are (The Knick), Exsuscito (Ray Donovan)

Semi-finalists: AKA Ladies Night (Jessica Jones), Amarillo (Better Call Saul), Battle of the Basterds (Game of Thrones), Gloves Off (Better Call Saul), I Can't Leave Her (Sense8), International Assassin (The Leftovers), Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes (Sense8), Pilot (Billions), Pilot (Minority Report), Requiem (Banshee), Synedoche (Person of Interest), The Same Boat (The Walking Dead)

Finalists: Chapter 49 (House of Cards), 4,722 Hours (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), High Noon (Longmire), The Day the World Went Away (Person of Interest), Better Angels (Supergirl)

The nominees: (Mr. Robot)
Descensos (Narcos)
AKA Sin Bin (Jessica Jones)
AKA WWJD (Jessica Jones)

The series debuts of USA’s hacker drama and Netflix’s Spanish-language cartel saga were magnificently staged and tremendously well-done. Though its pilot was also great, Netflix’s other awesome new drama really hit its stride right in the middle of its dark journey with these two mesmerizing installments.

The winner:

The Winds of Winter (Game of Thrones) one-upped every intense hour the show has produced yet, with a marvelous mix of music, majesty, and suspense.

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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