Emmys

Emmys 2012: The Movie/Miniseries Race in Review, Including Our Dream Nominees

Game Change is more than just the name of the polarizing HBO picture that could take home the 2012 Emmy in the now-merged movie/miniseries category, it’s also the underlying theme of the whole race.

Until last year, when PBS’ Downton Abbey pulled off an upset, HBO projects had taken the gold for nearly a decade. Suddenly, it seemed like anything could happen — and, suddenly, it did. Downton’s move to the drama series category makes the movie/mini derby an HBO-vs.-PBS free-for-all.

More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Drama Series | Lead Drama Actor | Lead Drama Actress | Supporting Drama Actor | Supporting Drama Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

Thanks to Game Change — as well as the marquee value of Hemingway & Gellhorn — the cable network would appear to have the edge. But there’s a growing sentiment that no potential nominee or winner is more deserving than PBS’ Sherlock. For now, however, whether that stellar underdog will score a nod, much less a win, remains a mystery. Another potential spoiler: FX’s rookie anthology American Horror Story. And with its record-shattering ratings, along with A-level stars in Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, History’s Hatfields & McCoys solidified its Emmy chances.

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then vote below for who you think are the six best.



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Comments (33)

  • Sherlock is by far my favorite show of this list! But I do love Luther too, great writing and acting.

    Comment by Cécilia (@Kaelity) – June 15, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Can I vote for Sherlock 6 times? Because Sherlock rocks my world.

      Comment by AB – June 15, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Leave it to the Brits to show the Emmys how it’s done.
      As much as I love Sherlock, I absolutely adore Luther and the amazing Idris Elba. I can’t believe Barry Pepper won the Best Actor Emmy over him and Édgar Ramírez last year!
      The Hours was also top-notch. I hope it will at least attract acting nominations for Romola Garai and Dominic West.
      Can we just acknowledge how fantastically well The Wire cast are doing?

      Comment by Alexis – June 16, 2012 03:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No one likes the awesomeness of THE HOUR! I agree that SHERLOCK is a piece of art, but THE HOUR was just such a delight.

    Comment by CHe – June 15, 2012 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock all the way!

    Comment by Ly – June 15, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Based on voting so far, it would seem to have a…

      sure lock.

      (Hey, you get what you pay for.)

      Comment by Rock Golf – June 15, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just rewatched that Sherlock episode last night! So great!!! Love how this category is dominated by british series, and rightly so. luther and the hour are both amazing. haven’t seen great expectations yet. I didn’t know Gillian Anderson is in it. I’m currently watching Bleak House with her, so i’m about 3 years behind my Dickens adaptations…

    Comment by jess – June 15, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock was amazing, but I’d be happy for Luther to win too.

    Comment by Dani – June 15, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Absolutely Dani. Both were outstanding. Those UK people really know how to do a mini-series.
      Speaking of series (well I am anyway)… am still going through Game of Thrones withdrawal. :-(

      Comment by Short Stuff – June 15, 2012 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hatfields and McCoys!!!

    Comment by sarah – June 15, 2012 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock all. The. Way.

    Comment by This – June 15, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shame Call the Midwife hasn’t aired in America yet, it’s brilliant and would have easily got a nomination. Sherlock for the win definitely, The Hour, Luther and Great Expectations deserve nominations as well. Page Eight was good as well. Just is case people think I’m a biased Brit, I loathed Titanic, it was awful could get a nom because of Fellowes though.

    Comment by guestofseth – June 15, 2012 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All I care about is that Hugh Laurie gets an Emmy.

    Comment by Isabella – June 15, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoo hoo Sherlock’s in the lead!!

    Comment by robinepowell – June 15, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Calm down…it’s just an informal poll, it has no actual bearing on whether it gets an actual Emmy nomination.

      Comment by Tess – June 15, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Every party needs a pooper…

        Comment by Britta Unfiltered – June 15, 2012 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • LoL Britta, isn’t that the truth?

          Comment by Short Stuff – June 15, 2012 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HBO hasn’t taken the gold every year for a decade. PBS has beat HBO a few times. Such as with The Lost Prince & Little Dorrit 2 or 3 years ago. Research people.

    Hattfields & McCoys is gonna win, hands down.

    Comment by Terry – June 15, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cant forget that PBS’s Prime Suspect also won, beating HBO.

      Comment by Terry – June 15, 2012 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Titanic had a few bright spots, acting-wise, but overall it’s not a very pleasurable viewing experience when you know most of, if not all the main characters are going to die. And there’s no anticipation in knowing exactly how it’s going to happen, but rather dread, thus keeping you an arm’s length away from becoming attached to any of the characters in the first place.

    Comment by cj – June 15, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, the movie Titanic was dealing with the same subject but that didn’t stop people from seeing it and enjoying it even though they knew the outcome so what bearing should that have on whether the miniseries gets a nomination?

      Comment by Tess – June 15, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Last week I saw the ‘Titanic’ miniseries on a plane. It did get to a rather slow start, but by about halfway through, I was thoroughly enthralled. When the father and daughter were sitting in the stairwell holding each other with the water rising and the door slowly closed on them… wow.

      Comment by Alice – June 15, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Luther, Sherlock that is all

    Comment by Trent – June 15, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An ex-eaquo win for Kidman and Moore would be awesome.

    Comment by David – June 15, 2012 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Game Change all the way!

    Comment by paula – June 15, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • H&M, and Game Change were great. Hemingway was very good. I hear amazing things about Sherlock and look forward to catching it. Titanic was a titanic bore.

    Comment by TheBeach – June 15, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Downton Abbey should’ve stayed in this category if it could have since it would’ve had a better chance at being nominated.
    Seeing Luther and The Hour listed just made me wonder – why aren’t more BBC America shows considered for Emmy’s?

    Comment by Tess – June 15, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock and Luther are tied in my books. Both were outstanding in writing and performances. i loved the fast-paced dialogue and characters of “Sherlock” while “Luther” left me holding my breath every week asking “why do I have to wait 7 days to find out what happens next?????”
    Fabulous UK series.. absolutely top notch.

    Comment by Short Stuff – June 15, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American Horror Story was one of the best shows of the year.

    Comment by dude – June 15, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But it was hardly a miniseries.

      Comment by AB – June 15, 2012 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Sherlock only submiting “A scandal in Belgravia” for consideration? are miniseries only allowed to submit one episode?

    Comment by MJ – June 15, 2012 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Hatfields and McCoys was very very good. Mare Winningham, Lindsay Pulsipher and Kevin Costner were awesome, as well as the rest of the cast.

    Comment by Ally – June 17, 2012 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • downton abbey deserves a nomination for best drama and michelle dockery for best actress
    for drama

    Comment by tina lofty – June 27, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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