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.

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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.