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Nomination Status: With all of the elements in place, you can't rule out HBO's ability to make a push.
In Its Favor: David Milch + Michael Mann + Dustin Hoffman + Nick Nolte + HBO? That equation was supposed to equal guaranteed Emmy Gold. "Luck" was supposed to be the kind of show that could get 10 or 15 Emmy nominations in its first season. I still think that the elements are there for "Luck" to score a handful of technical nominations. I'd think editing was a safe bet and cinematography should be there and Michael Mann's work on the pilot will probably be recognized. Is there any chance "Luck" can cobble together enough support across the tech categories for Nolte to slip in? And then for Hoffman to slip in? And then, at that point, why would it be shocking for HBO to milk an Outstanding Drama nomination? It wouldn't be.
Working Against It: Even when "Luck" was trotting along, it was only drawing a small audience and many viewers were complaining about the murky dialogue and the impenetrable racetrack world. Then reports started breaking about dead horses. Then HBO had to pull the plug on a show it had already renewed. By the time "Luck" had its finale and was shut down, barely anybody was talking about what a good show it had become.