This is one of the more obvious categories this year and understandably so with the lack of genuine competition between Bessie and the other nominees. Two of them, Killing Jesus and Grace of Monaco, were met with mixed reviews that question as to why they were even nominated. Grace of Monaco was an especially surprising nomination considering the controversy and bad press behind the film’s production with the royal family accusing the film of being historically inaccurate and the tension between the film’s director and Harvey Weinstein over the film’s final cut. Hello Ladies: The Movie was another surprise nomination in this category, which took the place of another film most assumed would be nominated, Ricky Gervais’ film, Derek: The Final Chapter, that concluded his brief television series. Hello Ladies: The Movie, too, is a film that concludes a television series, but it is too lesser known to surprise all with a win. Normally a surprise nominee could hint at an upset, but that shouldn’t be the expectation here. Of these nominees, the only contender that could win on a sentimental vote is Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case. This BBC series has been ongoing since 1989 without ever having been nominated for an Emmy until this year. This film’s only chance of winning is based upon nostalgia and the desire to award a long-standing series with a win that would recognize the entire series. It’s a sentimental win that would be deserved, but unlikely to happen.
Nightingale seemingly was a threat to Bessie prior to the Emmy nominations, but this nominee, too, ceased being a threat due to its lack of nominations outside of Outstanding Writing. Nightingale could have proved to be a worthy adversary due to it successfully managing a one-man narrative throughout the film’s 80 minutes. It was a film that was dependent upon its leading actor, writing and the direction. With Nightingale snubbed in the outstanding director category, it is evident voters weren’t too impressed with the film’s narrative style. Voters, however, adored Bessie. Bessie currently has twelve Emmy nominations, clearly showing voter preference in this category. Despite the clear favoritism in this category, the nominations for this film are deserved and there is no denying Bessie is the obvious superior film in contrast to the other nominees in this category.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case
Grace of Monaco
Hello Ladies: The Movie
Will Win: Bessie
Could Win: Nightingale
Should Win: Bessie
Could Upset: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case