Could Win - Nightingale or Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case
Should Win - Bessie
Commentary - HBO is so dominant in these short-form categories, and in fact, I predict that HBO will win 7 out of the 8 top categories. This year, one of their slam-dunks is probably their newest film Bessie. It exploded across the categories in terms of nominations, seven in total. It stars folks like Queen Latifah, Mo'Nique, Khandi Alexander, and Michael Kenneth Williams, well-liked veteran actors. Finally, it is just simply the best of the bunch by a mile. It is a great film, with great performances, and compared to the other nominees, well there is no comparison. If it doesn't win here I will be shocked, and disappointed. Nightingale is only even mentioned because it too is HBO, but I think even the HBO folks know their money should be on Bessie here. The only other one that is worth mentioning is Poirot. It is his last case, a beloved long-running British mystery. Remember when Downton Abbey was not predicted to win? Yes, Emmy voters love British stuff, so Poirot cannot be discounted. But when Downton Abbey won that miniseries Emmy it had eleven nominations, including acting, writing, and directing, as well as the tech support, and Poirot has only one nomination, this one, and has never had another Emmy nomination in its entire run. Emmy voters may love the British, but I think, this year at least, they love Bessie a lot more.