OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
Apart from it being a wonderful movie, the theme's explored in Temple Grandin like triumphing over adversity and it's sense of hopefulness for the future fit in with what usually wins in this category.
WILL WIN: Temple Grandin
SHOULD WIN: You Don't Know Jack
By grabbing the most nominations of any program this year, 24 nods all together, The Pacific will take this one. But it's important to remember that voters have had soft spots for period pieces done by Masterpiece in this category like The Lost Prince over Empire Falls in 2005 and Little Dorritt over Generation Kill last year.
WILL WIN: The Pacific
SHOULD WIN: Did not see either competitor
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Pacino's sublime portrayal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian will earn him his second Emmy after winning in 2004 for Angels in America. Bridges movie doesn't have any momentum, the reaction to The Prisoner was too mixed to propel McKellen to the winner's circle and as great as both Quaid and Sheen were in their own ways, they will cancel each other out.
WILL WIN: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
SHOULD WIN: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
After losing the trophy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for My So-Called Life to Kathy Baker for Picket Fences in 1995, Danes will finally achieve Emmy glory for her portrayal of the titular hero.
WILL WIN: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
SHOULD WIN: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
While Goodman is great in Jack, he doesn't do that much. Strathairn is also fantastic in Temple but only has three or four scenes. With his stand-out performance as Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet's dead father, Sir Patrick Stewart should be looking to take home his first Emmy after years of lighting up the small screen.
WILL WIN: Patrick Stewart, Hamlet (Great Performances)
SHOULD WIN: Patrick Stewart, Hamlet (Great Performances)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
I loved the supporting women in You Don't Know Jack but the sentiments for both of them will cancel each other out and with Catherine O'Hara not having much to do in Temple, combined with Kathy Bates's performance being on SyFy, Julia Ormond will walk away with this one as Temple's mother.
WILL WIN: Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
SHOULD WIN: Brenda Vaccaro, You Don't Know Jack
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
I have a feeling that the two nominated parts of The Pacific will end up cancelling each other out and O'Keeffe, while being helmed by the very talented Bob Balaban will suffer from not having a writing nod as well. This leaves You Don't Know Jack and Temple Grandin and while the former has an Oscar winner (who also has won four past Emmys to his name), Jackson's vision of bringing to life the world from an autistic point of view will prevail.
WILL WIN: Temple Grandin, Directed by Mick Jackson
SHOULD WIN: You Don't Know Jack, Directed by Barry Levinson
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
This one proves harder to forecast. Again, the two nods for The Pacific should cancel each other out. Any one of the other's has a real shot at pickin up this trophy. Temple Grandin will most likely sit this one out and that leaves Jack and The Special Relationship. Peter Morgan is an absolute master of words (He's been nominated for two Oscars and a Tony Award) but Mazer's dialogue about Dr. Kevorkian will probably win the day.
WILL WIN: You Don't Know Jack, Written by Adam Mazer
SHOULD WIN: The Special Relationship, Written by Peter Morgan