Friday, September 11, 2020

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best TV Movie

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. Beware of minor spoilers for each movie.

American Son premiered on Netflix on September 12th, 2019. It is adapted from the Broadway play of the same name and features the same four cast members. Its star Kerry Washington is nominated this year for her performance in the limited series “Little Fires Everywhere.” Its exploration of the police and profiling through the harrowing experiences of an interracial couple awaiting news of their son at a police station feels even more relevant now than when this film was released. This is the film’s only Emmy nomination.

Bad Education premiered on HBO on April 25th, 2020. It’s an entertaining and captivating look at corruption in a school district that takes an often humorous path on the road to the public revelation of its events. Star Hugh Jackman is nominated for his performance.

El Camino premiered on Netflix on October 7th, 2019. It’s considered a sequel to the highly successful “Breaking Bad,” which was nominated for 58 Emmy Awards and won 16 of them during its initial run. This film, which chronicles the life of former drug cook Jesse Pinkman as he’s on the run from his past, scored additional nominations for picture editing, sound mixing, and sound editing. Despite having won three Emmy Awards for his performance in the original show, star Aaron Paul is not nominated this year.

These Old Bones premiered on Netflix on November 22nd, 2019. It is technically the eighth and final episode of the series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” but qualified here due to its runtime. Its tale of a woman who lives in the mountains and the lawyer sent home to evict her is sentimental and endearing, if admittedly a bit campy. This is the episode’s only nomination.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend premiered on Netflix on May 12th, 2020. The interactive special, which offers viewers choices throughout its narrative, serves as an epilogue of sorts to the original series that concluded in January 2019 after 51 episodes and 18 Emmy nominations, none of which it won. Supporting actor Tituss Burgess is nominated for his performance, his fifth bid overall for the role.

Despite some buzz for a “Bad Education” and “El Camino,” neither performed all that well, meaning that all five nominees in this category earned just ten total nominations, none for directing or writing and only two for acting. HBO typically dominates this category, winning twenty times between 1993 and 2015. Netflix has won this award three years running for “Black Mirror,” which is now considered a drama series. It’s not as if that narrows things down either since Netflix makes up 80% of this category.

What should win: These are all decent choices, but “Bad Education” is my clear favorite.
What will win: I’m not sure it’s all that far ahead, but I still think Bad Education will take it.

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