Monday, September 7, 2020

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

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

Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere (Find a Way)
Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People (Episode 5)
Maria Schrader, Unorthodox
Nicole Kassell, Watchmen (It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice)
Steph Green, Watchmen (Little Fear of Lightning)
Stephen Williams, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

Shelton, who sadly passed away in May from leukemia, is also nominated this year as a producer of her series. Kassell is also a nominated producer, as is Williams, who previously contended twice as a producer of “Lost.” Only “Normal People” is not nominated for Best Limited Series. In the past decade, multiple nominations for one program are frequent but only one - “Fargo” – has ever managed to prevail.

What should win: This is a stellar list, even if it still doesn’t include the best episodes of “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Normal People,” or “Watchmen.” I loved the first episode of “Unorthodox” and that would be a great choice, but it’s hard to pick between that and the pilot episode of “Watchmen.”
What will win: Having three nominated episodes makes it a challenge, but I think that Watchmen does prevail for its pilot.

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