Danny Strong’s sober, kaleidoscopic look at the opioid crisis has landed 14 nominations, including directing, writing and six for acting, and can boast a certain social prominence that its contestants can’t. . It’s already won a Peabody Award and a SAG Award for Michael Keaton, who, as Dr. Samuel Finnix, seems unstoppable in the run for lead actor in a limited series.
The stall (Hulu)
Elizabeth Meriwether’s show about Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes (played by Amanda Seyfried) launched more recently than any of its competitors (March-April 2022) and tied for the score of highest Rotten Tomatoes of the lot (89%). His six nominations include two for directing and one for writing, but he only got one acting name (for Seyfried).
Invent Anna (Netflix)
Another entry ripped from the headlines is this account of the misdeeds of Anna Delvey, aka Anna Sorokin, whose scams were discovered by a New York magazine presentation. Its three nominations (the others are for star Julia Garner and the cast) are at the lowest of the category, as is its Rotten Tomatoes score (64%). But he may have been seen by most voters.
Pam and Tommy (Hulu)
A third Hulu contender is Robert Siegel and DV DeVincentis’ look at the mid-’90s theft of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape and its impact on stars’ careers. It sounds a bit lighthearted, but it landed a terrific 10 nominations, including endorsements for stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan (who play Anderson and Lee), but none for directing or writing.
The White Lotus (HBO)
Mike White’s quirky look at class and racial tensions at a Hawaiian resort — where guests (and workers) are having a vacation from hell — was posted the longest ago (Summer 2021) but is by far the most nominated (20, including eight acting nominations) and tied for the highest Rotten Tomatoes score (89%). A second installment has already been announced.
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+)
Director Akiva Schaffer’s mix of live action and animation, with its main characters played by John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, has evoked comparisons with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, another PG-rated self-referential comedy. Released May 20 (more recently than any other contestant), it’s 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ray Donovan: the movie (Show time)
The story that would have been told in the eighth and final season of the Showtime drama series, had the show not been unexpectedly canceled in February 2020, has been condensed by showrunner David Hollander in this film, which has reunited the original cast, led by Liev Schreiber, and sits at a category-high 87%, on Rotten Tomatoes.
Renew 911! : The hunt for QAnon (Primary +)
The Cops parody that ran on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2009, and briefly thereafter on Quibi and The Roku Channel, returns for another offbeat story about hapless law enforcement, this time venturing on an alt-right cruise . It wasn’t rated enough to have a Rotten Tomatoes rating, but it was rated abysmal by viewers.
The survivor (HBO)
Barry Levinson directed Ben Foster in this drama — not an actual made-for-TV movie, but a 2021 Toronto International Film Festival acquisition — about an Auschwitz prisoner who literally had to fight for his life to survive the Holocaust. It’s 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Foster, who lost 62 pounds for the role, was not nominated for her lead role.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (Roku)
The only entry in this category with multiple names (it’s also for the choreography) revived a series canceled in June 2021 by NBC after two seasons and answered its central question: How did Zoey get her special powers? ? It dropped on Dec. 1, longer ago than any of its competition, but thrilled fans (who rated it 91% on Rotten Tomatoes).
This story first appeared in an August issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.