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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
UPDATED: May 6, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: This category is seemingly top-heavy, which has been the case the past few years. Amazon Prime has a trifecta of contenders including “Sylvie’s Love,” “Uncle Frank” and “7500.” HBO has a pair of films with “Oslo” with Andrew Scott and Ruth Wilson and last year’s “An American Pickle” with Seth Rogen.
Lifetime has a bulk of the slated contenders but their best shot seems to be “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” with Danielle Brooks.
You can also never count out Dolly Parton for anything, especially with Netflix backing.
The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding June 28. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
"Sylvie's Love"(Amazon Prime Video)
Producers: Eugene Ashe, Nnamdi Asomugha, Gabrielle Glore, Jonathan Baker, Matthew Thurm (Dec. 23, 2020 release date)
DIRECTOR: Eugene Ashe
SYNOPSIS: When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father's record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.
STARRING: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Regé-Jean Page, Aja Naomi King, Eva Longoria
"Uncle Frank"(Amazon Prime Video)
Producers: Bill Block, Michael Costigan, Jay Van Hoy, Stephanie Meurer, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball (Nov. 25, 2020 release date)
DIRECTOR: Alan Ball
SYNOPSIS: In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina, for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover, Walid.
STARRING: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, Stephen Root, Colton Ryan
"Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia"(Lifetime)
Producers: Moshe Bardach, Charles Cooper (Apr. 3, 2021)
DIRECTOR: Kenny Leon
SYNOPSIS: The story of the New Orleans-born crooner who began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement.
STARRING: Danielle Brooks, Wolsey Brooks, Rob Demery
Producers: Michel Litvak, Svetlana Metkina, Marc Platt, Mark Taylor, Gary Michael Walters (May 29, 2021)
DIRECTOR: Bartlett Sher
SYNOPSIS: Recounts the true-life, previously secret, back-channel negotiations in the development of the pivotal 1990s Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
STARRING: Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Jeff Wilbursch, Salim Dau, Waleed Duaiter
"An American Pickle"(HBO Max)
Producers: Michaela Coel, Phil Clarke, Roberto Troni, Sam Miller, Jo McLellan (Aug. 6, 2020)
DIRECTOR: Brandon Trost
SYNOPSIS: An immigrant worker at a pickle factory is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern-day Brooklyn.
STARRING: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Eliot Glazer, Jorma Taccone, Kalen Allen
NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:
"Christmas on the Square"(Netflix)
Executive producers: Debbie Allen, Sam Haskell, Dolly Parton, Maria S. Schlatter (Nov. 22, 2020)
Producers: Greg Berlanti, Erik Feig, Sarah Schechter (Sept. 10, 2021)
"7500"(Amazon Prime Video)
Producers: Maximilian Leo, Jonas Katzenstein (June 18, 2021)
Executive producers: Amanda Coe, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Lucy Richer (Nov. 23, 2020)
"Doctor Who"(BBC One)
Producers: Chris Chibnail, Tracis Simpson (2021)
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best TV Movie)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.
This category has continually undergone rule changes and inceptions over the years, making it misleading to account for significant historical wins and nominations. “Black Mirror” is a series with the most wins at three while “Sherlock” has the most nominations at four.
On the network front, HBO has the most wins in this category with 22 while NBC is second with nine. Netflix is the first and only streamer to have won this category – for three consecutive years with “Black Mirror.”
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Variety Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Outstanding Competition Program
About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.
The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.
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