Unlike the actors in this category, the list of possible nominees for Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie is not overcrowded, but rather sorted. That does not imply that the category doesn’t have its fair share of talent or formidable names from the industry. For one, the list boasts of a straight line-up of Oscar winners, and several Oscar nominees. I will particularly be pining for Amy Adams, who has experienced the infamous Oscar snub more than once, even undeservedly, but despite has turned in a superlatively tragic performance with last year’s miniseries ‘Sharp Objects’. Then there is Patricia Arquette who turned in an equally tragic performance if not more, and seemed virtually unrecognizable in the role. Her work was nightmarish to say the least and another feather in her heavy crown, despite remaining an underappreciated actress in my honest opinion. Among others, Joey King seems to be coming in with major force as a nomination with her drastic transformation and fantastic work in ‘The Act’. The nominees here too are stronger than ever, and in such a case, the competition is always interesting to watch out for, the scenario shifting grounds even as each episode of any currently airing series airs. For now, read on to see who we currently feel will be nominated for the Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie. As dubious as the mix of these two categories is, we sincerely hope that we see a truly worthy winner.
7. Connie Britton, Dirty John
Based on a true crime podcast of the same name, ‘Dirty John’ originally aired on Bravo and was helped with greater viewership with Netflix. However, the show saw a visible boost in popularity when Connie Britton got nominated for a Golden Globe in the category for her turn as Debra Newell, a seemingly normal girl who falls for a handsome doctor and gets involved in a dangerous game of psychological manipulation. The show itself didn’t do all too well, but the performances of Eric Bana and especially Connie Britton, the latter gaining recognition far and wide, were especially appreciated. I personally am a complete sucker for true crime stories, and if you enjoyed the original podcast which in my opinion is in the same vein as ‘Serial’, you might just happen to like this one too. Regardless, the praise for Britton’s performance remains unanimously good, as does her chance at an Emmy nomination.
6. Ruth Wilson, Mrs. Wilson
Although she hasn’t been nominated for an Emmy before, she has been the winner of a Golden Globe for ‘The Affair’, albeit the cry for her nomination this year in the best actress category for ‘Mrs. Wilson’, a three episode miniseries about a grieving widow discovering the many lives her husband led unbeknownst to her, is almost unanimous, owing to a very credible turn by her in the titular role. Although, much of it is told in flashbacks which I am not a fan of, her performance kept me hooked till the end of its three hour runtime. Following her excellent turn in ‘Luther’ that closed its airing this year too, the Emmys should finally be the talented actor’s passing into the big leagues.
5. Emma Stone, Maniac
Another Oscar winner on the list, I do not wish to highlight her acting credentials apart from being a well-loved actress across the entire globe, since that would be an exercise in futility. Just know that she was as fabulous in this show as she is in anything that she stars in. Her growth as an actor has been phenomenal and inspiring to say the least, and with ‘Maniac’, she explores relatively newer territory with confidence and elan. Stone pairing with Jonah Hill is one of the most eccentric yet exciting ones I have seen in years. The only thing that may throw a spanner in the works is the show’s falling popularity and a maiden run not too many would call a blockbuster. I still liked the series and consider a bit unfairly rated despite considering some of the audience complaints from the show to be completely valid, but the overall fate of the show, unfortunately so may affect the actress’ (and even Jonah Hill’s) chances at a win, and even a nomination.
4. Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
The reception for the series may have been uneven, but the praise for its lead pair and especially the fiery chemistry between them is unanimous. You have to see it to believe it: the four time Oscar nominee Micelle Williams and Oscar winner Sam Rockwell are nothing short of sparks when they are on stage, even if in my personal opinion, the particular episode in question may not be all that energetic. Despite the show’s overall fate, the one fact that is in most probability going to remain unchanged is that Williams is going to bag her nomination. The fight for the winning position is a bit tight at the moment, but she has delivered an overall mind blowing performance and I am always ready (and kind of fond too) for any big surprises.
3. Joey King, The Act
Reality is often stranger than fiction, and ‘The Act’ measures in just on that premise. I would sincerely advise you to get into the show without reading the slightest bit about it and prepare to suspend your disbelief in what you consider to be “normal”, acceptable behavior. Just by way of giving an introduction, it is one of two shows on the list about Munchausen’s By-Proxy disorder, and is about an overprotective mother and her (supposedly) sick daughter who decides to break free. Patricia Arquette is looking at a double nomination this year, but for this show, she will have to contend with the supporting actress category. Joey King is the star here, and it only just begins with shaving her head for the part. This is something that is bound to have taken a psychological toll on the young actress: truly dark stuff, and she pulls it off in utterly believable, applaudable fashion. Make way for her into the nominations!
2. Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Even while watching the show, I was pretty sure that Amy Adams would be taking home a truckload of awards for her sensitive, disturbing performance as Camille Preaker. There should be nods for both of the supporting ladies as well, Eliza Scanlen and Patricia Clarkson, rounding up a rather powerful trifecta of actors, but there was no doubt that the Oscar nominated actress would outshine them all. ‘Sharp Objects’ was personally my favourite from last year, and while the show, based on Gillian Flynn’s psychological murder mystery novel of the same name is also listed in my predictions as landing a few nominations itself along with some nods in the technical departments perhaps, testament to it being a truly well rounded show, none have me more confident than Amy Adams’ haunting yet measured performance garnering some. However, I would have earlier predicted Adams to lift the trophy as well, and while it is still going to be a tough fight, her to-be reign is seriously threatened by Arquette from ‘Escape to Dannemora’. To give you an idea of how close the fight for the main title is, consider this. Adams lost to Arquette at the Golden Globes, but lifted it with her in a rare tie at the Critics’ Choice Awards. A nomination is no question for each of them, but the deciding for the winner is going to be breakneck.
1. Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Even though I will personally be pining for Amy Adams, the award will most probably be handed out (even deservedly so) to Patricia Arquette for her stunning act as Tilly Mitchell. Her Golden Globe and a couple of others including the SAGs and Critics Choice Awards win in the same category kind of seals that fate. The show has been winning accolades left, right and centre, and yet again, Ben Stiller’s amazing work, a rather quickhanded study in filmmaking if you might, rather deserves all of them, especially those that are going to be handed out in the acting departments. There have been complaints with respect to the length of the limited series which I can partly agree on, but the praises have been unanimous for Arquette, Benicio Del Toro and even Paul Dano. While it’s not too much brainwork predicting a nomination for each of them since they are all great, I can almost be sure about Arquette’s win. Her performance is all sorts of phenomenal and her range is admirable, even though she looks nearly unrecognisable in this role. She will take it home in all probability, unless a truly mean surprise awaits us at the ceremony in September.
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