Emmys 2013: What Should Win Best TV Miniseries or Movie? Take Our Poll!

Emmys Miniseries MovieBehind the Candelabra cleaned up at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony — taking home eight stauettes in the early, non-televised categories. The question remains, though, whether that momentum can carry HBO’s Liberace biopic to a win as Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie.

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Behind the Candelabra faces a deep and varied field in the category, including: American Horror Story: Asylum (FX), The Bible (History), Phil Spector (HBO), Political Animals (USA) and Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel).

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What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine miniseries or movies when the Emmys are handed out? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!

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  1. American Horror Story gets my vote.

    • Not mine. Not even a miniseries.

      • Lisa says:

        how is it not a miniseries? what is so different about asylum and political animals? well never see any of those characters again and the their stories are done.

        • So, the show keeps many of their principle actors and all of their writers and producers, but the characters and storyline are new every year. So, does that mean one episode of The Twilight Zone qualifies as a miniseries? How about SNL, they change characters and stories every five minutes. So, that’s like 10 miniseries each week!

          • English says:

            Twilight zone did not spend a whole season worth of episodes on one story line and then change. It counts as a mini series because of its limited run, story changes and cast. The same actors on Twilight Zone did not come back for multiple episodes to play a different character. Its also in the classification. Twilight zone was classified as a procedural much like CSI, Bones, Law and Order…. etc… SNL is a sketch comedy show… says in the discription that actors are playing mulitple characters/stories. You have to look at it as a whole. Taking into account one episode across the board for a show’s classification is just Nit Picking.

          • Oh, English, you missed the entire point. A miniseries is supposed to be a shortform medium. Shorter than a normal series, longer than a movie. It typically has a larger budget than most shows. They do not have contract negotiations, renegotiations, renewals or cancellations. It goes into production and ends production, period.
            The only reason Horror Story became an anthology was because they knew Connie Britton wasn’t coming back, so they just said eff it and killed everyone off. And perhaps because season 1 was such a dull, miserable mess, they couldn’t justify staying with those characters another year, even if they could keep CB.
            I’m generally resentful of the Academy allowing any and all submissions into the category because it dilutes the medium, from cancelled freshman shows to ongoing anthologies like this. The truth is, if it was a good enough show, it would compete in the normal best drama category and if The Pacific came out this year, Horror wouldn’t stand a chance.

          • Alice says:

            Yeah, good try, but no. The only qualifiers something needs to be considered a miniseries is it be a televised story over a limited number of episodes. Nothing to do with contract negotiations or production schedules. You’re talking nonsense.

          • Alice, nothing I said was nonsense. If there’s a particular point you don’t understand, feel free to ask and I will elaborate. Yes, the Emmys allow cancelled shows and a regular series that has self-contained season-long story arcs, but that doesn’t mean it actually is a miniseries. The Emmys allow it because there aren’t enough actual miniseries and TV movies (that aren’t on Lifetime) to fill the category and the producers submit it in the category because they can and also because there’s no room in the drama category for them and they know it.

          • Alice says:

            So you just made up your own definition of a miniseries then? Riiiiight. I’m not talking about the Emmys here, just what constitutes a miniseries, and AHS: Asylum fits the bill. Whether it deserves to win, I wouldn’t throw my vote for it, but regardless it isn’t discounted just because production continues on. Yes, usually an end to the miniseries means it’s all over, but just because is common, doesn’t mean it’s needed. Take a film, television and media studies class sometime to understand the actual meaning of the word ‘miniseries’. Maybe even take a jump over to Britain and check out some of their ‘serials’.

            It sounds like you’re quite bitter about this subject for some reason, and maybe those feelings are clouding your judgement or reasoning, but by keeping to one story and one set of characters each time, it continues to be a short-form medium. If AHS itself was nominated, it wouldn’t qualify, however selecting AHS: Asylum, it does. A book of short stories is not a short story, however the stories inside are in fact, short stories.

  2. Seth says:

    Parade’s End, but sadly that wasn’t even nominated. Out of the rather poor set of nominations I’d say Top of the Lake.

    • you know says:

      IKR?Benedict Cumberbatch WAS AMAZING in it.The transformation for the role….WOW.
      He should win the award for the best actor.

      • Seth says:

        I’m a big BC fan as well but personally I thought Rebecca Hall blew him out the water and her snub is the biggest travesty of this year’s nominations. I agree BC should win Best Actor though.

        • Jessie says:

          Rebecca Hall got the meatiest part and even more screen time than BC’s restrained character, and the script and direction were so unbalanced towards RH’s character, as a result, the mini series basically lost the essence of the books it based on; RH’s way too chewing-the-scenery performance didn’t help either. Admittedly her part is difficult, but I wouldn’t exactly disagree with her lack of nomination for Parade’s End. As for Cumberbatch’s performance in Parade’s End, as it’s not showy, I suppose that he won’t have a chance to win, but under such an unbalanced script and direction, if not for BC’s performance subtly depicted his character’s every physiological and physical change across ten years to anchor the series, his character would have faded into the background and the series would have even become a bigger disaster. Even as a fan of BC, I honestly don’t have any problem that Parade’s End wasn’t nominated, and IMO the director is the one to be blamed.

    • Linderella says:

      Totally agree. Both BC and Rebecca Hall should have been nominated.

  3. Dani says:

    easy, top of the lake SHOULD win. Behind the candelabra will win probably.

  4. Eddie says:

    I wish they would go back to separating the mini-series category and the movie category. It’s hard to compare AHS to BTC.

  5. cjeffery7 says:

    “Outstanding Reality – Competition Series?” hmmm I’d sayyyyyy probably the Bible. just for it’s oveall scope. ;-)

  6. skiki says:

    Top of the Lake above and beyond all the others. If what happens to Jamie doesn’t destroy you, you’re not human.

  7. Joey says:

    Top Of The Lake should win. It’s a great mini series.

  8. Blake says:

    Dont’ get me wrong, I love AHS, but Political Animals was, hands down, THE best written show last year!

  9. erin says:

    My vote’s for AHS but I’d be happy if it went to Behind the Candelabra, which I thought was very well done and made me like Matt Damon temporarily!