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Best: 'Mildred Pearce' getting what it deserved
No, we're not here to stomp on "Mildred Pearce's" already dashed best miniseries or TV Emmy awards loss, but only to remind HBO and viewers that the Television Academy made the right decision. The best part of the overlong Todd Haynes miniseries were the performances of stars Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce and both, appropriately, won Emmys in their respective acting categories. Where "Pearce" didn't deserve the top prize was in overall miniseries, direction and screenwriting, three awards it lost to PBS' upstart "Downton Abbey." And barring a career making role, Melissa Leo and Evan Rachel Wood will find it hard to go up against a legend like Maggie Smith who won supporting actress. Because HBO's huge p.r. campaign around "Midred" and their past success, the Emmy bait miniseries was expected to sweep every award it was up for. Instead, Emmy voters made the unexpected right choices.
- Gregory Ellwood