Saturday, July 10, 2021

Emmy Predictions: Best Directing for a Drama Series

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Aberfan (The Crown), Cri de Coeur (The Crown), Prisoners of War (Homeland), The Interview (The Morning Show), Fire Pink (Ozark), Su Casa Es Mi Casa (Ozark), Hunting (Succession), This Is Not for Tears (Succession)

The top contenders:
What I Know (The Boys)
Diamond of the First Water (Bridgerton)
Shock and Delight (Bridgerton)
Fairytale (The Crown)
War (The Crown)
Trouble Don’t Last Always (Euphoria)
One World, One People (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
Nightshade (The Handmaid’s Tale)
The Wilderness (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Eladio: Week 1 (In Treatment)
Induction (Industry)
Meet Me in Daegu (Lovecraft Country)
Rewind 1921 (Lovecraft Country)
Sundown (Lovecraft Country)
Chapter 16: The Rescue (The Mandalorian)
The Glass Sandwich (The Mosquito Coast)
Chapter Five (Perry Mason)
Chapter Two (Perry Mason)
Series Finale (Pose)
Something Old, Something New (Pose)
The Trunk (Pose)
Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves)
Pilot (Ratched)
Right Here, Right Now #4 (We Are Who We Are)

It’s hard to know where to start here because only two eligible shows have ever been nominated in this category. It’s safe to assume that both installments of The Crown make the cut since that series has never missed out and always carefully submits. It’s not as easy to guess whether The Handmaid’s Tale returns given that it was snubbed last year following consistent nominations before that. While I might choose the powerful second episode, “Nightshade,” I think the finale, “The Wilderness” is the likeliest selection, though it could be both (or any of the other three installments on the ballot). From the freshmen series, I think Lovecraft Country stands the best chance, though I’m not entirely sure which of its five submitted episodes will get in. The pilot, “Sundown,” is probably the best bet. Speaking of first episodes, Ratched, Raised by Wolves, Industry, P-Valley, and Bridgerton could all find their pilots included, while Perry Mason, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and The Mosquito Coast chose other installments that could earn votes. Looking at sophomore series, there are four episodes of The Boys and For All Mankind in contention, and seven episodes of The Mandalorian. There are also five installments of In Treatment on the ballot, though that show never managed any bids in this category for its third seasons a decade ago. It would be wonderful to see any episode(s) of Pose honored, or to see one of the two special Euphoria installments recognized.

The predicted nominees: Diamond of the First Water (Bridgerton), Fairytale (The Crown), War (The Crown), The Wilderness (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sundown (Lovecraft Country), Series Finale (Pose), Pilot (Ratched)

The predicted winner: I think this could go to Lovecraft Country if it manages to get nominated.

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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