Picking through the mini-series and TV movies is difficult because many have been unseen by this reviewer. Normally, I’d be inclined to let it go. But having seen some of them, I feel inclined to comment. So let’s go ahead and take a look at the Critics choice nominees
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES
“Fargo” is practically a given considering how overwhelmingly it has been making it into top ten lists around the country. ‘The Wiz’ was such a success, it probably deserves to be here. “Luther” has been more than deserving of all the awards it has been given, even though that mainly centers on the lead.. And its good to know that somebody is recognizing David Simon ‘s work “Show Me A Hero”. One is less sure of the value of “Childhood’s End” and “Saints and Strangers”, because they aired this close to the end of the year, but at least the overblown “American Horror Story: Hotel” was not picked. Still, where’s “Flesh and Bone”?
BEST ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Patrick Wilson was sensational in “Fargo” and has a good chance of winning. Idris Elba is always brilliant in one of his more iconic roles. Oscar Isaac was incredibly good as the besieged Mayor of Yonkers in “Show Me a Hero”. And though I didn’t much care for it, Wes Bentley was one of the better things about “AHS: Hotel”. Martin Clunes was very good is “Arthur & George”. Vincent Kartheiser for “Saints and Strangers”? This has to be restitution for ignoring him all those years for “Mad Men”
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Kirstin Dunst was a revelation in “Fargo”, and has to be considered for the short list. Sarah Hay got a Globe nomination, so its good she was recognized. Kathy Bates has been a constant in this category for four years (and at least they didn’t nominate the overblown Lady Gaga) Shanice Williams has exploded on to the scene, so its good to know she was considered. Rachel McAdams for “True Detective”? The show that was put on the worst list of just about everybody? What the hell? Even the nomination for Dolly Parton’s treacly holiday movie seems better? Well, at least Colin Farrell was ignored.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Jesse Plemons and Bookem Woodbine were each in their own way incredible on “Fargo”. I’m a little surprised that they picked Nick Offerman over Ted Danson for the third choice, but still they’re all good selections. David Alan Grier has been ignored for so many years, it’s good to see him nominated for something, though it’s not as clear that Ne-Yo was the better choice of the leads on “The Wiz Live” Raoul Trujillo for “Saints and Strangers?” Hell, Nick Jonas on “Scream Queens” was better.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Jean Smart was great on “Fargo” So, in her own way, was Cristin Milioti, but it’s still a little surprising to see her here. Sarah Paulson has been a constant for “American Horror Story” so its not that big of a shock to see her here. It’s good to see Winona Ryder back in the lists, even if Catherine Keener would’ve been a better choice for “Show Me A Hero” Mary J. Blige was a good choice for The Wiz. Probably its good to Laura Haddock nominated for “Luther”, even if she is no Ruth Wilson.
I’ll hold off commentary on the other awards as they may not be selected. Stay tuned for my predictions before January 17.