Helen Mirren was once again queen of the best long-form category, with the latest installment of her British series “Prime Suspect 7” voted the best movie, miniseries or special following last summer’s win with HBO’s “Elizabeth I.”
“Helen Mirren is dazzling, and never more so than when her character’s life is a mess,” wrote Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee. “This was hard to watch and even harder to miss.”
In second place was Spike Lee’s HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”
“Heartbreaking and anger-inducing,” wrote Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic. “It made us ask the question all over again: How could this happen?”
Dave Walker, a columnist with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, named “Levees” both the best and worst miniseries on his list.
“It was a near-brilliant overview of the ruining of New Orleans,” he wrote. “But Lee focused primarily on the African American experience in and after the storm and subsequent levee failures, which were completely indiscriminate in their mortal destruction. He made other editorial choices that I thought were equally loaded, and they diminished what could’ve been a timeless masterpiece.”
In third place was Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell: American Terror,” followed by Sci Fi Channel’s “The Lost Room.”