Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning. Early. To save you from having to wake up at 5:35 a.m. PDT, we're sweeping through the high-profile categories one last time. We called the comedy races and the drama nominees. Now it's time to look at the titles and big-name actors competing for the movie/miniseries
Surprise: Emmy believes! Well, in ratings, at least. "The Bible" makes it in.
Snub: We're betting (hoping?) that voters have the good sense to ignore "Phil Spector," David Mamet's whitewashed and dramatically inert account of the events leading to the record producer's trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
The nominees: "Behind the Candelabra," "Top of the Lake," "American
Surprise: That somebody who isn't now or wasn't once an A-list movie star wins a nomination?
Surprise: Not nominated last year for comedy series, Showtime pulls an end-run and broadcasts
MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
Snub: Dan Aykroyd was fine as Liberace's sourpuss manager in "Behind the Candelabra." But freaky beats no-nonsense every day of the week with voters, so he'll probably have to applaud castmate Rob Lowe's alien-faced turn in the campy movie.
MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Surprise: Lifetime movies aren't typically Emmy powerhouses, but Alfre Woodard's funny turn as the cranky Ouiser in "Steel Magnolias" might find a place at the table.