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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Non-Fiction Writing & Directing

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 Directing – Non-Fiction Programming:
American Masters – “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise” – Robert Trachtenberg
Ethel – Rory Kennedy
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – Alex Gibney
Survivor – “Caramoan: Live Finale and Reunion” – Glenn Weiss
Survivor – “Philippines: Live Finale and Reunion” – Michael Simon

*First of all, I need to talk about Survivor getting two nominations in this category. Never before have they been nominated here, and this year they make it twice for the live finale and reunion episodes (which nobody really likes). How did that happen? I don’t know. They won’t win so count them out immediately. This category usually goes to documentaries anyways. It’s going to come down to a race between Ethel and Mea Maxima Culpa. It’s going to be close. I think their might be some sentimental votes for Rory Kennedy directing a film about her mother. But Mea Maxima Culpa already won the juried award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. They obviously liked it and the subject matter is going to be deemed more important, which is beneficial for Gibney.*

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Best Writing – Non-Fiction Programming:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Libya” – Anthony Bourdain

The Dust Bowl – “The Great Plow Up” – Dayton Duncan
Ethel – Mark Bailey
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – Alex Gibney
The Men Who Built America – “A New War Begins” – Randy Counsman, Stephen David, Ed Fields, Keith Palmer, Patrick Reams & David C. White

*Even though certain documentaries and programs seem to dominate the nominations every year, ones that don’t usually win this category. The National Parks, Freedom Riders and Prohibition (the three previous winners) didn’t do well overall but still managed to win this category. The only one that fits that mold is the Ken Burns doc The Dust Bowl. I would normally predict that but I feel a change coming this year. Anthony Bourdain has been consistently nominated every year for the past couple of years. They love him so much that they even nominated him in Reality Host for the ABC cooking competition that nobody watched. He’s due for a win and I think it will come in this category.*