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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding TV Movie

"All the Way" goes up against the power of Christmas (and Bill Murray) in its quest for gold.

A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS Bill Murray & Chris Rock

“A Very Murray Chrostmas”


Quick Hits

  • Last Year’s Winner: “Bessie”
  • Was It an Upset? Nope
  • Hot Streak: HBO has won this category nine years in a row…
  • Fun Fact: …but the network lost when the category merged with miniseries in 2011. The show that beat it? The PBS entry “Downton Abbey,” which would later be deemed a drama series, and thus, would have been ineligible the only year HBO has lost since 2004.

READ MORE: Review: ‘All the Way’ Finds Meaty Parallels to Modern Politics (And, Yes, Bryan Cranston Kills It)

Okay, so here’s how “A Very Murray Christmas” can win an Emmy.

  1. Voters skew hard toward American-made productions, snubbing their nose at the British entries “Luther” & “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.” That leaves three choices.
  2. People realize that — while well-acted — “Confirmation” just isn’t in the same league as “All the Way” or “A Very Murray Christmas,” and decide to eliminate it from consideration.
  3. When did you see your first holiday ad last year? July? August? No later than September. This cannot happen in 2016, for a number of reasons. But mainly to help “A Very Murray Christmas,” businesses in America collectively decide to delay shopping season so voters aren’t turned off by thinking about the holidays in August.
  4. Bryan Cranston is so overwhelmed by the power of “A Very Murray Christmas,” he actively campaigns against “All the Way.” HBO allows this because they, too — at an executive level — can’t resist George Clooney crooning about Santa Claus.
  5. Bill Murray crashes every FYC event “for fun” and takes pictures with all the voters.

That’s what needs to happen. Netflix, make it so.

Below are Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding TV Movie, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking Indiewire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2016 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all the categories, as well.

The Nominees:

  1. “All the Way”
  2. “Confirmation”
  3. “Luther”
  4. “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)”
  5. “A Very Murray Christmas”

Will Win: “All the Way”
Could Win: “Confirmation”
Should Win: “A Very Murray Christmas”

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