2022 Emmys: Best Limited Writing/Film category

There are 110 submissions to the 2022 Emmys ballot for best limited or anthology series or movie writing, resulting in six nominees. As a reminder, last year’s winner was “I May Destroy You” (Michaela Coel) and the other nominees were “The Queen’s Gambit” (Scott Frank), “Easttown Mare” (Brad Inglesby) and three episodes of “Wandavision” (“Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience” by Jacques Schaeffer“Previously Enabled” by Laura Donney and “All New Halloween Spooktacular” by chuck hayward & Peter Cameron).

The low number of entries in this year’s Best Limited/Movie Writing category can be attributed to the fact that all of the top contenders only submitted one or two episodes of their series when given the option. . danny strong, a former “Game Change” winner in this category ten years ago, competed in the “Dopesick” final, “The People vs. Purdue Pharma.” Other programs that submitted their final episodes were “Maid” (“Snaps”) and “Station Eleven” (“Unbroken Circle”) by their respective showrunners. Molly Smith Metzler and Patrick Somervillewhich isn’t a bad method considering seven finals have been nominated in this race since 2014, including three in 2019.

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However, this category is also known for pilot nominations and season premieres, with nine recognized since 2014, which is why most limited series chose to simply submit their pilots, such as “The Dropout” (“I’ m In A Hurry” by Elizabeth Meriwether), “1883” (“1883” by Taylor Sheridan), “We Own This City” (“Part One” by George Pelecanos & david simon) and “The Girl From Plainville” (“Star-Crossed Lovers And Things Like That” by Liz Hanna & Patrick Macmanus).

Interestingly enough, miniseries “The Staircase,” “Gaslit,” and “Under the Banner of Heaven,” which each submitted two episodes, all went for their first and penultimate episodes, each written by a different writer. Creators Antonio Campos, Robbie Pickering and Dustin Lance Black have entered their respective pilots for review, while adding their only writers Maggie Cohn, Amelia Gray and Gina Welch for the episodes before the finale.

Showrunner “The White Lotus” Mike White, who wrote all six episodes, is one of the few top contenders to be entered for the entire anthology series, per the category’s ruling. It is the same for Sarah Phelps for “A Very British Scandal”, whose series counterpart “A Very English Scandal” made this category three years ago despite not receiving a nomination for the series. This can prove to be a winning factor as voters tend to reward completed sets most often when given the opportunity, such as former champions “Chernobyl”, “Olive Kitteridge” and “I May Destroy You”. .

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Finally, the last time TV movies were nominated (not counting episodes of the 2017 and 2018 award-winning “Black Mirror” anthology series) was in 2015 when “Bessie” and “Hello Ladies: The Movie “represented them in the category. While they seem like a dying breed with the Emmys, that might change with “The Survivor,” written by Justine Juel Gillmerand “The Fallout”, written by the director Megane park.

Here are some of the best limited writing/film submissions from top Emmy nominees:

“Dopesick”
“The People vs. Purdue Pharma” (Danny Strong)
“The Stall”
“I’m in a Hurry” (Elizabeth Meriwehter)

“Housemaid”
“Snaps” (Molly Smith Metzler)

“The White Lotus”
All episodes (Mike White)

“The Staircase”
“911” (Antonio Campos)
“Seek and Thou Shall” (Maggie Cohn)

“Station Eleven”
“Unbroken Circle” (Patrick Somerville)

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“Under the Banner of Heaven”
“When God Was Love” (Dustin Lance Black)
“Revelation” (Gina Welch)

“A very British scandal”
All episodes (Sarah Phelps)

“Scenes from a Wedding”
“The Illiterate” (Hagai Levi)

“1883”
“1883” (Taylor Sheridan)

“Gas”
“Will” (Robbie Pickering)
“The Year of the Rat” (Amelia Gray)

“The Girl from Plainville”
“Starstruck Lovers and Things Like That” (Liz Hannah & Patrick Macmanus)

“Indictment: A History of American Crime”
“Manipulated by Man” (Sarah Burgess)

“The survivor”
Justine (Juel Gilmer)

“The consequences”
Megane Park

“We own this town”
“Part One” (George Pelecanos and David Simon)

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