Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
The award was created in 2011 when the Miniseries and Television Movie categories were merged. The merger was largely due to the decline in miniseries production in the past decade. In the final ten years of the miniseries category, it was able to fill all five nomination slots only twice, with the final two ceremonies only having two nominees.  However, in 2014, the decision was reversed, and the separate Miniseries and Television Movie categories were reinstated.
In 1991, a similar incident had happened when the Outstanding Miniseries and the Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special (television movie) categories were merged to form the new Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries category and the number of nominees increased from five to six. For this year, two miniseries had competed with four TV movies. The following year, 1992, the new category was split to re-form the Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Made for Television Movie categories.
Winners and nominations
|Separate but Equal (Miniseries)||Stan Margulies and George Stevens Jr., executive producers||ABC|
|Decoration Day (TV Movie)||Marian Rees, executive producer; Joyce Corrington, co-producer; Dick Gallegly, line producer; Anne Hopkins, producer||NBC|
|The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie)||Robert Halmi and David Puttnam, executive producers; John Kemeny, producer||HBO|
|Paris Trout (TV Movie)||Diana Kerew, executive producer; Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, producers||Showtime|
|Sarah, Plain and Tall (TV Movie)||Glenn Close and William Self, executive producers; Edwin Self, supervising producer; Glenn Jordan, producer||CBS|
|Switched at Birth (Miniseries)||Richard Heus, Lawrence Horowitz, Barry Morrow, and Michael O'Hara, executive producers; Mark Sennet, supervising producer; Ervin Zavada, producer||NBC|
|Downton Abbey||Gareth Neame, Rebecca Eaton, and Julian Fellowes, executive producers; Tony To, Graham Yost, Eugene Kelly, and Bruce C. McKenna, co-executive producer; Nigel Marchant, producer; Liz Trubridge, series producer;||PBS|
|Cinema Verite||Gavin Polone and Zanne Devine, executive producers; Karyn McCarthy, producer||HBO|
|The Kennedys||Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow, David McKillop, Dirk Hoogstra, Christine Shipton, and Tara Ellis, executive producers; Brian Gibson, supervising producer||ReelzChannel|
|Mildred Pierce||Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, John Wells, and Todd Haynes, executive producers; Ilene S. Landress, co-executive producer||HBO|
|The Pillars of the Earth||David A. Rosemont, Jonas Bauer, Tim Halkin, Michael Prupas, David W. Zucker, Rola Bauer, Ridley Scott, and Tony Scott, executive producers; John Ryan, producer||Starz|
|Too Big to Fail||Curtis Hanson, Paula Weinstein, and Jeffrey Levine, executive producers; Carol Fenelon, co-executive producer; Ezra Swerdlow, producer||HBO|
|Game Change||Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Jay Roach, executive producers; Danny Strong and Steven Shareshian, co-executive producers; Amy Sayres, producer||HBO|
|American Horror Story||Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto, executive producers||FX|
|Hatfields & McCoys||Leslie Greif, Nancy Dubuc, and Dirk Hoogstra, executive producers; Barry Berg, supervising producer; Kevin Costner, Darrell Fetty, Herb Nanas, producer by; and Vlad Paunescu, producer||History|
|Hemingway & Gellhorn||Peter Kaufman, Trish Hofmann, James Gandolfini, Alexandra Ryan, and Barbara Turner, executive producers; Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong, co-executive producer||HBO|
|Luther||Phillippa Giles, executive producer; Katie Swinden, producer||BBC America|
|Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia||Beryl Vertue, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Rebecca Eaton, and Bethan Jones, executive producers; Sue Vertue, producer||PBS|
|Behind the Candelabra||Jerry Weintraub, executive producer; Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins, and Michael Polaire, producers||HBO|
|American Horror Story: Asylum||Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, and Tim Minear, executive producers; Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Jessica Sharzer, and Bradley Buecker, co-executive producers; and Alexis Martin Woodall, producer||FX|
|The Bible||Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Richard Bedser, Nancy Dubuc, Dirk Hoogstra, Julian P. Hobbs, executive producers||History|
|Phil Spector||Barry Levinson and David Mamet, executive producers; and Michael Hausman, producer||HBO|
|Political Animals||Greg Berlanti, Laurence Mark, and Sarah Caplan, executive producers; and Melissa Kellner Berman, co-executive producer||USA|
|Top of the Lake||Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Jane Campion, executive producers; and Philippa Campbell, producer||Sundance Channel|
Total awards by network
- HBO – 2
- ABS – 1
- PBS – 1
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie
- Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film
- TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
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- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2011". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2012". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2013". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 22, 2014.