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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Art Direction

The Emmys are only a few weeks away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Art Direction – Single-Camera Series:
Boardwalk Empire – “Sunday Best”/”Two Imposters”/”Margate Sands”
The Borgias – “Siblings”
Downton Abbey – “Episode 7”
Game of Thrones – “Valar Dohaeris”/”Kissed by Fire”
True Blood – “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”/”Let’s Boot and Rally”/”Sunset”

*Boardwalk Empire has won this award the past two years and Game of Thrones tied with it last year. I think this year they will forgo the tie and just give it to Game of Thrones. This category favors new shows with big impressive sets. But all of these shows have been on for quite a few years. It had even more sets to build this year with new characters and new locations. Boardwalk Empire would be a worthy winner too but I really feel the Emmy voters are going to give less awards to the show this year.*

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Best Art Direction – Multi-Camera Series:
The Big Bang Theory – “The Date Night Variable”/”The Bakersfield Expedition”/”The Love Spell Potential”
How I Met Your Mother – “Farhamption”/”The Final Page, Part 2″/”P.S. I Love You”
Masterchef – “Winner Chosen”
Two and a Half Men – “Avoid the Chinese Mustard”/”Grab a Feather and Get in Line”/”My Bodacious Vidalia”
2 Broke Girls – “And the Silent Partner”/”And the Bear Truth”/”And Not So Sweet Charity”

*The previous winners list of this category is all over the play. Gordon Ramsay’s shows are usually nominated and never win. So that leaves a battle between the CBS multi-camera sitcoms. I think 2 Broke Girls will win this category again. The show had to build an entire new set for the girls’ new bakery shop that included an alley and Andy’s Candy Shop. It’s probably the most expansive new set out of the nominees and that will help it garner more votes.*

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Best Art Direction – TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum – “I Am Anne Frank, Part 2”
American Horror Story: Asylum – “Welcome to Briarcliff”
Behind the Candelabra
Phil Spector
SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden

*I think that American Horror Story: Asylum deserves to win this category for the brand new asylum sets they built. But having two separate nominations is going to hurt it. It’s definitely going to split some votes. That’s going to leave an open space for Behind the Candelabra to sneak through and possibly win. However I think the premiere episode of AHS is impressive enough that it will overshadow the work done in the other AHS episode. The Emmy voters have plenty of other chances to award the technical achievements of the Liberace film.*

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Best Art Direction – Variety or Non-Fiction Programming:
Dancing with the Stars – “Episode 1608A”/”Episode 1610A”
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Oscars

Saturday Night Live – “Martin Short”/”Justin Timberlake”/”Martin Short”
The Voice – “Battle Rounds, Part 1″/”The Live Shows, Semi-Finals”/”The Blind Auditions, Part 1”

*Looking at the previous winners in this category, they definitely favor awards show set designs. It’s been a revolving door of winners from the Tonys, the Grammys and the Oscars. Last year the Grammys and the Tonys tied for the win. This year they’re not even nominated. It should mean that the Oscars are a shoe-in to win, but the lack of enthusiasm for this year’s ceremony makes me doubt it will win. The Olympics ceremony has never been nominated here before, so there’s no precedent for it winning or losing. I’m guessing it’s work is going to look much more impressive compared to the other nominees and win.*