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Megan Mullally, Darren Criss & Dascha Polanko at the SAG-AFTRA & THR Emmy Nomineees Night, 14 Sep 2018

“ Group shot time with #WillAndGrace’s @MeganMullally, #ACSVersace’s @DarrenCriss and #OITNB’s @SheIsDash on #NomineesNight. “
~ THR via Twitter

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hollywoodreporter The stars are out tonight! @DarrenCriss leaving some words of wisdom to fellow 2018 Emmy nominees on the @SAGAFTRA #NomineesNight signing wall. @gettyentertainment

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Darren Criss & THR Editorial Director Matt Belloni at The Hollywood Reporter & SAG-AFTRA 2nd annual Emmy Nominees Night presented by Douglas Elliman and Heineken at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio on September 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Bustle wrote:
2018 Emmy Awards Predictions Highlight Just How Close All The Competition Is This Year

September 14, 2018

Outstanding Limited Series

Will win: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace managed to suck viewers in even though they already knew the tragic outcome of the designer's life. Season 2 of Ryan Murphy's crime anthology series was more ambitious — and arguably, better — than its predecessor, The People V. O.J. Simpson. And considering how well the premiere season did at the 2016 Emmys, Versace just may be one of the biggest winners of the night.

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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Will and should win: Darren Criss is by far the favorite for his career-changing role as Andrew Cunanan. While Benedict Cumberbatch was also incredible, Criss showed he had a talent that many viewers hadn't seen before. And don't worry, John Legend fans — he already earned his EGOT.


Esquire wrote:
Who Will (and Should) Win at the 2018 Emmys

Sept 14, 2018

Limited Series

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Who should win: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Who will win:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story world has devolved into cringe-worthy camp from time to time, but boy has he proven that he knows how to milk the drama out of real life. Though American Crime Story's second iteration isn't quite as powerful as the first installment focusing on the trial of O.J. Simpson, Darren Criss anchors a case that has recently gone overlooked. Murphy should have no trouble bringing that prize home.

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Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

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Who should win: Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Who will win:
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Damn it if the kid from Glee didn't show up hard to this year's Emmys.
American Crime Story would have been nothing without Criss, but Plemons' all-too-real turn as a man undervalued at work and overvalued in his own mind was such a compelling performance. In a time when the story of men feeling entitled to a woman's body is more prevalent than ever, Plemons's powerful performance deserves credit though it will almost certainly be overshadowed by Hollywood's love of a glamorous scandal.


TV AV Club wrote:

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2018 Emmys

September 14, 2018

Outstanding Limited Series

Prediction: There’s little in the way of The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story winning here. The last installment of American Crime Story was named Outstanding Limited Series, Ryan Murphy is pretty much the reason this type of show no longer competes against the TV movies, and FX shares custody of this award with HBO (and HBO isn’t here this year).

Preference: Versace is quieter and less splashy than The People V. O.J. Simpson, but it’s still riveting, with Tom Rob Smith’s scripts aiming not to retell the story of Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree (most details of which can never be fully known), but instead using it as a lens to refract an allegory about the societal ills of homophobia and entitlement—a movingly acted tragedy that’s shot in a way that’s as beautiful as any of Versace’s designs. It stands Medusa head and shoulders above the competition.

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Outstanding directing for a limited series, movie, or dramatic special

Prediction: Apples, meet orange, meet the cosmic fruit that grows from the evolution of the arm, then chalk up another victory for American Crime Story, thanks to Gianni Versace’s last morning stroll and the operatic flair of Ryan Murphy’s work on “The Man Who Would Be Vogue.”


The Wrap wrote:
Emmy Predictions: With ‘Veep’ Gone and ‘Game of Thrones’ Back, Expect a Real Dogfight

Sept 14, 2018


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Predicted winner: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”


“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” isn’t really about the guy whose name is in the title — it’s about the assassin, and Darren Criss is magnetic enough in that role that he’s the clear front runner here. Watch out, though, because Emmy voters do love a little Benedict Cumberbatch. Plus, the three acting nominations for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (the first ever for the recent spate of live musicals) show that they really responded to that show as well.

Predicted winner:
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”


Meta Critic wrote:
2018 Emmy Award Predictions from Experts & Users

September 14, 2018

To help you make an informed decision filling out your office Emmy pool, we have collected predictions from over 40 professional entertainment and TV writers and critics. Keep in mind that this "expert" consensus typically gets anywhere from a quarter to a half of its picks incorrect, though last year they performed unusually well with an 84% success rate. (In other words, you can't even predict how predictable the Emmys will be.) For the ninth straight year, we also invited Metacritic users to submit their own picks, and the results of over 2,300 submissions are also displayed below.


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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)            90%

Godless (Netflix)                                                                                             7%

Patrick Melrose (Showtime)                                                                          2%


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[b]The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)             54%

Patrick Melrose (Showtime)                                                                         19%
Godless (Netflix)                                                                                            16%



[b]Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)                                 78%

[/b]Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)                                                       17%

2 tied with ...                                                                                                   3%


Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)                                 40%

Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)                                                  30%

Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror, "USS Callister")                                         15%


The Boston Globe wrote:
The Emmys: Who will win, who should win, and who got snubbed

September 14, 2018
[size=13]Best limited series[/size]

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SHOULD WIN: Ryan Murphy is the king of the limited series, and his “Versace” showed us why. Please let it win. It gave us lesser-known aspects of Andrew Cunanan and his victims while reminding us that homophobia and gay self-loathing may have kept the cops from apprehending the killer sooner rather than later. The performances were stunning. I’m in the minority, but I thought it was better than the first season of “American Crime Story,” about O.J. Simpson.
WILL WIN: Is it possible that the Cumberbatch charm and a British imprimatur will push “Patrick Melrose” into a win? Nope. It was just too dark. “Versace” will win.
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Best actor, limited series or TV movie
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SHOULD WIN: Criss should win for his complex, committed, and chilling performance as a sad, hateful, hate-filled man. Cumberbatch was phenomenal, and hard to look away from, but comparatively one-note.

: I think Criss will win, if only for going so much farther than “Glee” would have led us to believe. Picture me shaking my head if Legend, so likable but so very miscast in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” walks away with the prize.