Friday, September 17, 2021

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.

Thomas Kail, Hamilton
Sam Miller and Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You (Ego Death)
Sam Miller, I May Destroy You (Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes)
Craig Zobel, Mare of Easttown
Scott Frank, The Queen’s Gambit
Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad
Matt Shakman, WandaVision

Kail won previously for directing “Grease Live!” Miller was previously nominated for directing “Luther,” and Coel contends this year for acting, writing, and producing. Frank was previously nominated for writing, directing, and producing “Godless,” and competes for those same three prizes this year. Shakman was a nominee last year for directing the pilot episode of “The Great.” In the top category, “Hamilton” is considered a pre-recorded variety special and nominated there, while the other four are up for Best Limited or Anthology Series. Multiple episodes from one show have been nominated in the past, and only in 2014 did that result in a win, for a season one installment of “Fargo.”

What should win: I think I’d choose “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Underground Railroad,” or “WandaVision”
What will win: I’m tempted to say maybe Jenkins can prevail here, but I’m going to stick with The Queen’s Gambit with a distinct possibility of “WandaVision” too.

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