Emmy Talk With JWalk: Outstanding Television Movie Emmy Predictions


There are a handful of television movies eligible for the 2020 Emmy Awards.

My top frontrunner this year is HBO’s Bad Education. Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney star in this dark comedy is based on the true story one of America’s biggest embezzlement cases in the history of public schools. Originally debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival and poised to be a heavy Oscars contender, HBO acquired the rights to Bad Education for television and I’m sure it’ll have just as much luck at the Emmys. Jackman and Janney turned in Oscar worthy performance, and both actors are at the top of my list of not just earning Emmy nominations, but winning!

Bad Education is poised to take Netflix’s crown in this category as they’ve been the winner the last few years with their Black Mirror offerings San Junipero (2017), USS Callister (2018) and Bandersnatch (2019).

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix) is another automatic frontrunner. The motherhsip series was a constant mainstay in the Outstanding Comedy Series race for each of its four seasons (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and garnered numerous nominations in the lead actress category for Ellie Kemper, supporting actor Tituss Burgess, and multiple guest acting nominations. Kimmy is a 18-time nominee with 0 wins, can this be its year it takes home at least one Emmy?

Other movies with high odds of earning a nomination for Outstanding Television Movie are El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (AMC), American Son (Netflix), Transparent Musicale Finale (Prime Video), Troop Zero (Prime Video), Selah and the Spades (Prime Video) and The Clark Sister: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime).

My frontrunners for Outstanding Television Movie:

  • Bad Education (HBO)
  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (AMC)
  •  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)
  • The Clark Sister: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime)
  • American Son (Netflix)

My threats for Outstanding Television Movie:

  • Troop Zero (Prime Video)
  • Selah and the Spades (Prime Video)

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