Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

2015 Contenders
Helena Bonham Carter "Worricker: Salting the Battlefield"
Essie Davis "A Poet in New York"
Yaya DeCosta "Whitney"
Cote De Pablo "The Dovekeepers"
Aunjanue Ellis "The Book of Negroes"
Rebecca Ferguson "The Red Tent"
Kelli Garner "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"
Anna Gunn "Gracepoint"
Maggie Gyllenhaal "The Honourable Woman"
Felicity Huffman "American Crime"
Minka Kelly "Away and Back"
Jessica Lange "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Juliette Lewis "Secrets and Lies"
Queen Latifah "Bessie"
Brit Marling "Babylon"
Frances McDormand "Olive Kitteridge"
Frances O'Connor "The Missing"
Molly Parker "Outlaw Prophet"
Christina Ricci "Lizzie Borden Chronicles"
Saoirse Ronan "Stockholm, Pennsylvania"
Octavia Spencer "Red Band Society"
Yvonne Strahovski "24: Live Another Day"
Allison Williams "Peter Pan Live!"

Commentary - This race is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in the upcoming Emmy season. There are four front runners that are all stunning performances in well received productions, and all four are awards magnets. Emmy and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah's Bessie premieres tomorrow, and the buzz leading into it is deafening. Jessica Lange has won for AHS several times, and this is her final season. A two-time Oscar winner and a three-time Emmy winner is a safe vote for Academy members. Frances McDormand, an Oscar winner, and an Emmy nominee won the SAG Award for Olive Kitteridge in January proving that the industry, as well as critics, love her performance in the HBO miniseries. Finally, there is Maggie Gyllenhaal, who won the Globe earlier this year for her beloved work in The Honorable Woman. Throw in Emmy winner in the critically acclaimed (and surprisingly renewed) anthology series American Crime, and Golden Globe nominee Frances O'Connor for The Missing, and this race could go down to the wire. Beyond those six there is Saorise Ronan, Allison Williams, Oscar-Nominee Helena Bonham Carter, breakout star Essie Davis, Rebecca Ferguson, Kelli Garner, Emmy-winner Anna Gunn, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, and a beautiful performance from Aunjanue Ellis in BET's The Book of Negroes.

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