How will ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’ fare at 2024 Emmys? A look back at ‘Bette and Joan’

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After a seven-year break, FX’s anthology series “Feud” is back with another installment of rivalry and gossip titled “Feud: Capote vs. The Swans,” telling the story of Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) and a high society New York City socialite group known as The Swans, which includes Babe Paley (Naomi Watts), Slim Keith (Diane Lane), C.Z. Guest (Chloë Sevigny), Lee Radziwill (Calista Flockhart), Ann Woodward (Demi Moore) and Joanne Carson (Molly Ringwald). The previous season of the Ryan Murphy docudrama that starred Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis nabbed 18 Emmy Award nominations and two wins. Let’s look back at their haul to see how it may impact this current season at the 2024 Emmys.

Here are the 2017 Emmy wins and nominations for “Feud: Bette and Joan”:

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Best Limited/Movie Non-Prosthetic Makeup (WON)
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Makeup Designer
Robin Beauchesne, Assistant Makeup Department Head
Shutchai Tym Buacharern, Makeup Artist
Kim Ayers, Makeup Artist
Becky Cotton, Makeup Artist
David Williams, Makeup Artist

Best Limited/Movie Hairstyling (WON)
Chris Clark, Department Head Hairstylist
Ralph Michael Abalos, Key Hairstylist
Wendy Southard, Hairstylist
Helena Cepeda, Additional Hairstylist

Best Limited Series
Ryan Murphy, Executive Producer
Dede Gardner, Executive Producer
Tim Minear, Executive Producer
Alexis Martin Woodall, Executive Producer
Chip Vucelich, Co-Executive Producer
John J. Gray, Supervising Producer
Jaffe Cohen, Producer
Renee Tab, Producer
Michael Zam, Producer
Jessica Lange, Producer
Susan Sarandon, Producer

SEEIn honor of ‘Feud: Capote vs. the Swans’: Let’s take a look back at Truman Capote in Hollywood

Best Limited/Movie Actress
Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford

Best Limited/Movie Actress
Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis

Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actor
Alfred Molina as Robert Aldrich

Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actor
Stanley Tucci as Jack L. Warner

Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actress
Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actress
Jackie Hoffman as Mamacita

Best Limited/Movie Writing (“And the Winner Is…(The Oscars of 1963)”)
Ryan Murphy, Written by

Best Limited/Movie Writing (“Pilot”)
Jaffe Cohen, Written by
Michael Zam, Written by
Ryan Murphy, Written by

Best Limited/Movie Directing (“And the Winner Is…(The Oscars of 1963)”)
Ryan Murphy, Directed by

Best Limited/Movie Casting
Robert J. Ulrich, CSA, Casting by
Eric Dawson, CSA, Casting by

Best Main Title Design
Ryan Murphy, Creative Director
Alexis Martin Woodall, Creative Producer
Kyle Cooper, Director
Nadia Tzuo, Designer
Margherita Premuroso, Animator

Best Main Title Theme Music
Mac Quayle, Theme by

Best Limited/Movie Music Composition (“Pilot”)
Mac Quayle, Music by

Best One-Hour Contemporary/Fantasy Production Design
Judy Becker, Production Designer
Jamie Walker McCall, Art Director
Florencia Martin, Set Decorator

Best Limited/Movie Period/Fantasy Costumes
Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer
Hannah Jacobs, Assistant Costume Designer
Katie Saunders, Costume Supervisor

SEEEmmy spotlight: Naomi Watts (‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’) dazzles as heartbreakingly ‘brittle’ Babe Paley

The last season was also cited for Best Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series for “Feud Bette and Joan: Inside Look,” though separate from the actual series. What is clear from the last cycle is that the branches from the visual crafts and the actors really responded to the show, which is expected for a Ryan Murphy period piece. Therefore, it should not be surprising if “Feud: Capote vs. The Swans” secures bids in categories like makeup, costumes, hairstyling, production design or main title design, with a shot in music composition given the composer is Julia Newman, daughter of legendary Emmy winner Thomas Newman. Despite the high tally for “Feud: Bette and Joan” in technical support, it did not receive key editing or cinematography nominations, something that maybe this season could rectify.

The acting categories are more tricky as this is a much larger ensemble of celebrated actors than the last installment in terms of quantity, with a main cast that also includes Joe Mantello, Russell Tovey and the late Treat Williams. Where things get interesting is the myriad of limited series contenders this year that the show will have to compete across all these main categories, which could complicate some paths towards a nomination. But according to the combined Gold Derby odds, Hollander (2nd with 5/1 odds), Lane (4th with 7/1 odds), Sevigny (6th with 13/1 odds) and Williams (7th with 13/1 odds) are currently predicted to get into their respective categories as of this writing, with Watts just outside on the edge in Best Limited/Movie Actress (7th with 13/1 odds).

All of these potential nominations could prove vital for Best Limited/Anthology Series, where it currently places ninth with 48/1 odds and only 186 predicting its selection due to the crowded field. However, if this second season does well in other categories, including key writing, directing and casting mentions (particularly the last one with its huge ensemble and high correlation to the top program category), we could be looking at a similar Emmy nomination count in comparison to the first installment.

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