Emmys to Combine Miniseries/Movie Acting Categories

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In a decision that figures to curtail cable's statue take, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has voted to consolidate the lead and supporting acting categories for miniseries/movies, beginning with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The combined categories will now be called outstanding actor in a miniseries or movie and outstanding actress in a miniseries or movie. Each category will include six nominees -- the mini/movies categories previously had five.

The outstanding TV movie and miniseries categories were consolidated last year.

Cable -- and in particular HBO -- has been a big winner in the actor/supporting actor/actress honors with telefilms and miiseries. For instance, Guy Pearce won the outstanding actor in a miniseries/movie for his portrayal of Monty Beragon in Mildred Pierce. HBO also had nominees in Brian O'Boyle (Mildred Pierce), Paul Giamatta and James Woods (both in Too Big to Fail), with Tmo Wilkinson gaining the other nod for his work at Joe Kennedy in Reelz Channel's The Kennedys.