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Question: How is the Emmy chosen for best actress in a miniseries? Does the actress submit a certain block of time? Or do the voters watch the entire miniseries? I am hoping Gillian Anderson wins.
Answer: I'm assuming that those who volunteer to judge this category are sent the entire movie or miniseries and are expected to watch the entire performance. Anything less would be unfair. But since you asked, I hope that the length of Bleak House (considerably longer than any of the other nominated movies and minis) doesn't work against Gillian Anderson. Right now, this category seems a toss-up to me between her and Elizabeth I's Helen Mirren. (If I were voting, I'd go your way. Mirren was magnificent, as always, but Anderson was a revelation, and that performance still haunts me eight months after I saw it.) ...  Read Full Article

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How is the Emmy chosen for ...

Question: How is the Emmy chosen for best actress in a miniseries? Does the actress submit a certain block of time? Or do the voters watch the entire miniseries? I am hoping Gillian Anderson wins. Answer: I'm assuming that those who volunteer to judge this category are sent the entire movie or miniseries and are expected to watch the entire performance. Anything less would be unfair. But since you asked, I hope that the length of Bleak House (considerably longer than any of the other nominated movies and minis) doesn't work against Gillian Anderson. Right now, this category seems a toss-up to me between her and Elizabeth I's Helen Mirren. (If I were voting, I'd go your way. Mirren was magnificent, as always, but Anderson was a revelation, and that performance still haunts me eight months after I saw it.) ... read more

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Passion and pomp produce a royal treat

All hail Queen Helen of Mirren! This sublime actress (Prime Suspect), who radiates sensuality and sharp wit in every role, hits a dazzling career high in Elizabeth I (Saturday, April 22, and Monday, April 24, at 8 pm/ET on HBO) as one of history's greatest characters. This never-married monarch is a woman of mercurial emotions, as wily and waspish as she is needy. "I am made of cruel passions, and when the time is right, will so act on them as to astonish the world," she declares. Then amends herself: "I have love and compassion, too. And as I punish, so can I yearn." Does she ever. By turns of the busy plot, this Elizabeth burns with desire, bristles with ambition, explodes in petulant anger, giggles in girlish delight and weeps in despair. Mirren is magnificent as she mo read more

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Premise: Conclusion. Elegant biopic of the 16th-century English queen (Helen Mirren) closes with the latter years of her reign and the fall from grace of the impetuous Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy). Toby Jones. Directed by Tom Hooper. Screenplay by Nigel Williams.

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