Emmys 2017: Why The Night Of, Alexander Skarsgard, Jessica Lange should win limited series honors

Riz AhmedThe 2017 Emmys are tonight! Who saw things coming around so quickly? We’re going to have a chance to finally see who the Television Academy selected as some of their favorites, and there are some rather impressive people in the list. That is especially true when it comes to the categories in the limited series / TV movie field, as more big names start to flock to this format. They can tell often meatier stories without the limitations of a box office, and we’re pretty darn thrilled to see just what’s going happen in some of these competitive fields.

Below, you can see some of our CarterMatt picks for various categories — remember that you can head over here to read more of our take on the drama field, just as you can also visit this story if you’re so inclined to learn more about our favorites to win some of the comedy awards.

Limited Series – The Night Of (HBO). There are a great many significant contenders here, but it’s really hard for us to overlook this sensational, dark, and humanizing picture of a man who may or may not have committed a grisly murder. More than anything, we interpret this as the story of how a place like Rikers Island can transform someone even before the verdict is actually read.

Actor, Limited Series / TV Movie – Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO). In playing the main character Naz, Ahmed brought a little bit of likability mixed alongside pain and heartache. In the early going, Naz just seemed like a nice guy; however, as the show progressed you started to see more of a man capable of darkness. As a performer he allows you to draw your own conclusion about his character, while effectively giving you also reasons to both believe him and question him at the same exact time.

Actress, Limited Series / TV Movie – Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan (FX). It’s so hard to pick anyone else here given that Lange managed to turn her Joan Crawford into a painful, sympathetic figure — something that was no easy task given that she spent such a large period of time in the eight episodes spewing out venom and making extraordinary demands. She effectively took us on a journey, one where we eventually started to feel genuinely sorry for someone who was supposed to be Hollywood royalty.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series / TV Movie – Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies (HBO). He may have played one of the least likable characters in recent memory in Perry. Yet, he was thoroughly captivating and haunting in that role, and he allowed himself to dive into the deepest, darkest places in his soul. Without the hatred for Perry, the story would not have had the same dramatic fervor.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series / TV Movie – Regina King, American Crime (ABC). This is not the most noteworthy nominee on the list, but we do feel like King’s performance is one that is going to reverberate and prove to be very much memorable to many out there for a long time. It’s a nice way to send this series off.

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