Among “Watchmen’s” 26 nominations, it picked up three of the six Emmy directing nods (one of the others went to Lenny Abrahamson for “Normal People,” a show that should have been nominated for series), along with a writing nom (alongside, again, “Normal People” ... how did this program fail to get in?). Obviously, its examination of American racism resonates in the current moment. The way “Watchmen” folds the Tulsa race massacre into an alternate history of America, incorporating a beloved graphic novel series, a love story and absurdist humor is inspired and astonishing. Among this category’s slate of superb nominees, it ranks as the best.
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Should win: King Will win: King
This was the year’s most competitive category, a race so crowded that, in the end, it excluded the work of the remarkable leads from “Unbelievable” (Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever) and Daisy Edgar Jones’ achingly vulnerable turn in “Normal People.” (It’s the last time I’ll mention that show, but do allow me to wipe away this final tear.) Now that the dust has settled though, King stands as the clear-cut favorite to win for her spectacular work on “Watchmen,” a performance that pivoted between grace and power with a subtlety that anchored the series in truth.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Should win: Smart Will win: Smart
There’s no obvious choice among the “Mrs. America” contestants, ruling them out of the race. Then again, with two Emmys on four tries, I probably shouldn’t underestimate Aduba’s fanbase. And the episode focusing on Shirley Chisholm’s failed bid for the presidency was one of the show’s best. So I’m kind of talking myself into this (check back before the ceremony on Sept. 20), while knowing that voters admire Collette (she won the lead actress comedy Emmy for “United States of Tara”) and they absolutely love Smart, having given her three Emmys from nine nominations over the years. I think she has the edge as “Watchmen” showcased her almost as much as it did King. When she entered in the series’ third episode, she boosted an already great show into the stratosphere.
Watchmen sweeps the TCA (Television Critics Association) Awards, winning 4 awards, including Programme Of The Year and Individual Achievement In Drama for Regina King, who beat off a formidable mixed sex line up of performances, including Cate Blanchett in Mrs America, Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True and Jeremy Strong in Succession.