Outstanding TV movie – Deadline

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My upcoming week of Emmy predictions in key categories begins with Outstanding Television Movie, which will be featured on the CBS Primetime broadcast this weekend at the Creative Arts Awards, held on May 19th. Blackberries Proof of the sad state of the television films category required, once a proud beacon for the networks that combined The total number of nominations for this year’s nomination in this category is a meager seven, spread over the five nominees. Compare that to a total of 63 nominations for the five Limited Series nominees and you can see where the love really spreads.

Limited Series and Television Movie were merged at different times in Emmy’s past, but the Academy cleverly figured out that television movies would have no chance of fame in this day and age if this continued (much like anthology series). discover). This is not to denigrate this year’s nominees, who are for the most part the best line-up in a long time in this category, which has been largely dominated by Netflix episodes for the past few years Black mirror Series until the Academy knocked out this practice and created new, less beneficial rules for anthologies. Now Netflix, which certainly doesn’t do any harm to film content, is actually relying on separately labeled vacation films made by Dolly Parton to fly its flag here. One reason the category has increased in quality is due to the fact that another streamer, Amazon Studios, made a few recordings of excellent indie films that were originally made at the Sundance Film Festival with the intention of going to theaters. The streamer bypassed the cinema and instead decided to mark them as television films for Emmy purposes. Despite the downside of the genre’s Emmy presence, the overall quality of this year’s nominees is there, so it’s going to be tough to name. Here are the nominees. Scroll to the bottom for the predicted winner.

Emmy Predictions: Pete Hammond of Deadline and Tom O’Neil of Gold Derby debate the races

Dolly Partons Christmas in the square
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Dolly Partons Christmas in the square, Netflix

Another entry in the ever-lovable Parton film franchise for Netflix, this wholesome seasonal music entry starring Parton, Christine Baranski, and others to bring a satisfying Christmas spirit, even as the Hallmark Channel cornered the market for things like that into a Christmas movies Transform home work. However, Parton makes it something special and lands here again a second nomination in a row.

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Oslo, HBO

This television adaptation of JT Rogers’ Tony Award winning play about the secret negotiations behind the Oslo Accords of the 1990s is one of two nominees, aside from Dolly Partons Christmas in the square, which made an additional Emmy nomination overall (it also stands for the musical score). Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott star in the film, but it is the executive producer’s credit for a certain Steven Spielberg that might grab the attention of voters. It also has the considerable weight of HBO and its storied history of television movies behind it

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Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, Lifetime

Not to be outdone by Dolly Parton, the GMA She also bears her name in the title of this rousing biopic about gospel superstar Mahalia Jackson, played by Danielle Brooks. Roberts makes a number of films for Lifetime and this one really gets you going, especially during the lavish musical numbers. And Brooks’ rising voice really does justice to Jackson’s music.

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Sylvie’s love, Amazon

This lovely throwback to the romantic dramas of the 1950s and 60s is one of two films that were shot at the Sundance Film Festival and turned into television films rather than cinema as a couple meeting at a jazz record store in Harlem. They light up the little screen with all the impotence of Streisand and Redford in As we were.

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Uncle Frank, Amazon

The other Sundance pickup is from Oscar and Emmy winner Alan Ball and plays Paul Bettany, whose presence is in WandaVision could give a boost to this intense and moving family drama here too. Set in the 70s, this is a kind of road movie in which a gay man travels from the big city and his current life back to the roots of his very different southern past. The performances are outstanding and could therefore put it on the podium.

THE DESIGNATED WINNER: OSLO. When in doubt, check out HBO and watch this property add an Emmy to its Tony.

Check out my predictions in the top Primetime Emmy categories on the deadline next week.