Why it might win: Highest profile of the nominees. Had splashy Sundance premiere and plenty of press when it aired five months later on OWN. Handled Chaz Bono’s gender transition with sensitivity while not shying away from the more difficult aspects of the change.
Maybe not Subject matter and the graphic nature of the surgeries might be off-putting to some voters. Those with an aversion to camp may not be on board, either.
Why it might win: Exec producers Ridley and Tony Scott leave the still photography to Ken Burns, delivering rousing re-enactments and snazzy computer-graphic imaging. Their pedigree and fresh approach could go a long way with voters.
Maybe not Bloody depiction of wartime brutality could prompt some viewers to reach for the remote. Some critics felt the Scotts’ swashbuckling style was a bit over-the-top, giving the historical perspective the short end of the stick.
Why it might win: Subject Jerry Weintraub is a quintessential Hollywood insider, one who has probably dined with half the people voting. Probably the most “fun” of category’s nominees, a pic that romanticizes Old Hollywood in a way that has enormous appeal to today’s crowd.
Maybe not If, by chance, you don’t find Weintraub charming, you certainly won’t like this special and will find it little more than a vanity project.
“Jaws: The Inside Story”
Why it might win: A thorough retelling of the troubles plaguing Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark tale and the many decisions that turned the movie into a modern classic. Really … who doesn’t like “Jaws”?
Maybe not Covers much of the same ground as the two-hour feature included on the 30th anniversary “Jaws” DVD. (And a lot of that info was recycled from the 25th anniversary DVD.) By now, is there a person alive who doesn’t know about the problems with the mechanical shark?
“Stand Up to Cancer”
Why it might win: Expertly produced global fund-raiser wove together musical perfs, stand-up comedy and taped segments from doctors, scientists and cancer patients. Difficult to argue with the content, the modest presentation or the results — more than $100 million was raised from the broadcast.
Maybe not Telethons aren’t for everyone, and a few on the more cynical side thought the telecast was overstuffed and contrived.
Nonfiction series, specials have H’wood aura
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