Emmy Preview 2019

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

  • Chernobyl
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • Sharp Objects
  • When They See Us

Yikes! Even given the top-to-bottom quality of this group, it’s a two-horse race: Chernobyl’s steady, surprisingly zeitgeist-y excellence vs. When They See Us‘s righteous fury. Both are topical, and difficult sits, but I think the Netflix series has the edge in the current environment.

Deadwood: The Movie

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War
  • Deadwood: The Movie
  • My Dinner With Herve
  • King Lear

There’s only one choice: Deadwood. Voters know its the only way they can make up for never rewarding the original series.

Mahershala Ali

ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Mahershala Ali, True Detective
  • Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Another fascinating race — Jared Harris’s steadiness, or Jharrel Jerome’s decade-spanning tour de force? I see it going the same way as the series category, so we’re going to see just how much muscle HBO’s voting bloc has. That also means you can’t count out double Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, either.

Michelle Williams

ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Niecy Nash, When They See Us
  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

In a different year, Fosse/Verdon is a juggernaut. Instead it’ll have to settle for getting Michelle Williams a very, very, very deserved award. Her astonishing performance was the best thing about the series and the clear favorite here. Missing: The Little Drummer Girl’s Florence Pugh!

Ben Whishaw

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Asante Blackk, When They See Us
  • Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
  • John Leguizamo, When They See Us
  • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

The only win that could surprise me here is Blackk, and that’s just because of his age. Any one of the others would be rewarded as much for their body of work as for their relatively low-key performances here, but Whishaw had the largest role, so let’s go with him.

Patricia Clarkson

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
  • Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

You kinda feel like someone’s gotta win something for Sharp Objects, and that someone is probably going to be Patricia Clarkson. I really liked Margaret Qualley in Fosse/Verdon, though, and she’d have a boost from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood… but that’s not going to happen.

Chernobyl

WRITING FOR LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • A Very English Scandal, Russell T Davies
  • Chernobyl, Craig Mazin
  • Escape at Dannemora, “Episode 7,” Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin
  • Escape at Dannemora, “Episode 6,” Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin, & Jerry Stahl
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Providence,” Steven Levenson & Joel Fields
  • When They See Us, “Part Four,” Ava Duvernay & Michael Starrbury

Here’s Chernobyl’s win, as Mazin can claim credit for the full series — including all those scenes where Jared Harris helped us understand nuclear physics for the first time in our lives.

When They See Us

DIRECTING FOR LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • A Very English Scandal, Stephen Frears
  • Chernobyl, Johan Renck
  • Escape at Dannemora, Ben Stiller
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Glory,” Jessica Yu
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Who’s Got the Pain,” Thomas Kail
  • When They See Us, Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay, all the way. Even if When They See Us doesn’t take the series award, she won’t be denied her for her raw yet sensitive direction.

The Emmys are Sunday night on Fox.

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