Emmys to combine acting awards for movies, minis


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Thursday that it will be combining the leading and supporting acting categories for long-form programming.

Beginning in 2013, new categories for outstanding actor in a miniseries or TV movie and outstanding actress in a miniseries or movie will each include six nominees, equal to other performing categories.

Before the change, the four movie and miniseries acting categories included five nominees each.

This isn't the first time the TV academy made such changes. It had already chipped away at the long-form categories last year, combining the outstanding TV movie and miniseries nominees into one field.

At the 2011 Emmys, Kate Winslet of HBO's "Mildred Pierce" and Barry Pepper of ReelzChannel's "The Kennedys" took lead miniseries or movie acting honors, while supporting awards went to Maggie Smith for PBS' "Downton Abbey" and Guy Pearce for "Mildred Pierce."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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