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2012 Emmy Predictions: The TV Movie/Miniseries Categories

2012 Emmy Predictions: The TV Movie/Miniseries Categories

The Emmy nominations are being announced this Thursday, July 19th and Indiewire is offering previews of what could go down in the three primary category subsections: comedy, drama and TV movie/miniseries (we already offered up a wishlist of "most wanted" nominees… read that here).

We already took on the comedy categories and the drama categories, so now comes time for TV movie/miniseries (and then check back tomorrow morning for the nominations themselves).

This increasingly star-studded group of categories could find themselves looking more like the Oscar nominations than the actual Oscar nominations did this year, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, Emily Watson, Clive Owen, Robert Duvall, Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Patricia Clarkson and Ralph Fiennes — each and every one of them either Academy Award winners or nominees — looking like potential acting nominees.

Overall, HBO's one-two punch of "Game Change" and "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (collectively featuring almost the entire cast of Stephen Daldry's "The Hours") look like the two to beat, though as always watch out for British imports, this year by way of "Great Expectations," "Luther," "The Hour" and "Sherlock," among others.

Some predictions (our picks in bold):

Best TV Movie/Miniseries

The Locks:
1. Game Change
2. Hemingway & Gellhorn

3. Hatfields & McCoys

Very Possible:
4. Great Expectations
5. Sherlock
6. American Horror Story
7. The Hour
8. Appropriate Adult

The Possible Surprises:
9. Page Eight
10. Luther
11. Titanic
12. Five

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries

The Locks:
1. Julianne Moore, Game Change
2. Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Looking Good:
3. Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
4. Rachel Weisz, Page Eight
5. Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

6. Romola Garai, The Hour
7. Connie Britton, American Horror Story
8. Patricia Clarkson, Five

The Possible Surprises:
9. Melissa Leo, The Space Between
10. Ashley Judd, Missing

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries

The Locks:
1. Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
2. Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Looking Good:
3. Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
4. Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
5. Idris Elba, Luther
6. Dominic West, The Hour
7. Bill Nighy, Page Eight

Possible Surprises:
8. Dominic West, Appropriate Adult
9. Martin Landau, Have a Little Faith
10. Rob Lowe, Drew Peterson: Untouchable

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries

The Locks:
1. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Looking Good:
2. Gillan Anderson, Great Expectations
3. Judy Davis, Page Eight
4. Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
5. Sarah Paulson, Game Change

6. Francis Conroy, American Horror Story
7. Lara Pulver, Sherlock
8. Tammy Blanchard, Of Two Minds

The Possible Surprises:
9. Jena Malone, Hatfields & McCoys
10. Molly Parker, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries

The Locks:
1. Ed Harris, Game Change
2. David Straitharn, Hemingway & Gelhorn

Looking Good:
3. Powers Boothe, Hatfields & McCoys
4. Tony Shaloub, Hemingway & Gelhorn
5. Michael Gambon, Page Eight
6. Martin Freeman, Sherlock
7. Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
8. Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story

Possible Surprises:
9. Ray Winstone, Great Expectations
10. Ralph Fiennes, Page Eight

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Comments

Tom Scavo

I think you made a mistake there… Jessica Lange submitted in the Supporting Actress category.

ML

Yes, I love how the predictions are updated (like Downton being in the drama category).. However, the supporting/lead acting merges don't happen until 2013. Otherwise it was a good year for miniseries or televisual movies.

DJ

Dude, the Mini-Series/TV Movie actor merger isn't happening until 2013

Michael

I loved Great Expectations, though I'm not sure if I agree with your placement of Gillian Anderson and Ray Winstone. I liked Winstone and absolutely loved Anderson to the extent that I think she deserves an Emmy for her work. The issue is that neither of them was the lead anything in the miniseries. They both deserve consideration for their respective Supporting category instead. Anderson should win.

selma

I really liked Birdsong. Joseph Mawle is such a brilliant actor. I think he should be on the list too :D

Sharlene

GILLIAN ANDERSON!!!! love her

Annora

I agree with the ones who posted comments before me, it’s really nice to see Gillian on a list like this. Her portrayal of Miss Havisham was truly dramatic, haunting and incredibly touching at the same time, I’d be so happy if she won an Emmy for this role.

Anna

I love Gillian Anderson!!!

ola

Gillian rocks as Miss Havisham!

Sam

It's so nice to see Gillian Anderson on the list! She did a fantastic job as Miss Havisham!

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