Somewhat unfairly, Lifetime original movies don’t exactly have the best reputation, perhaps because of the over-the-top plot lines and melodrama found in films like Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, To Be Fat Like Me and The Pregnancy Pact.
While there are many gems among the masses of Lifetime films (and, no, we’re not talking about Liz & Dick), there are only a few that have captured the attention of the Screen Actors Guild – and scored nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards. Grace of Monaco, up for honors this year, is the latest.
1. Grace of Monaco
The latest addition to Lifetime’s crop of SAG-approved films is one with quite a story. This Nicole Kidman-led Grace Kelly biopic was released in theaters around the world back in May 2014, but never managed to make it to the big screen in the United States. It got its time, though, earlier this year when the film premiered on Lifetime. The biopic follows Grace Kelly a few years into her marriage to Prince Rainier, as she debates returning to Hollywood while Monaco is under the threat of a French invasion.
2. Coco Chanel
Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine starred in this biopic on famed fashion designer Coco Chanel – and with a leading lady like that, is it any surprise that this film got awards attention? Of course, it was only MacLaine who did so, with a nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries.
3. Prayers for Bobby
Sigourney Weaver nabbed a nomination for her portrayal of Mary Griffith, the devoutly religious mother of a gay man named Bobby, who commits suicide after his Griffith struggles to accept his sexuality (she eventually decides to dedicate her life to gay and lesbian rights). Members of the Screen Actors Guild weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the film: Weaver earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role, and the movie itself got an Emmy nod.
4. Georgia O’Keeffe
Profiling famous females is clearly working out for Lifetime: In 2009, the network released Georgia O’Keeffe, which follows the life and career of the famous artist, played by Joan Allen, and her relationship with husband Alfred Stieglitz, played by Jeremy Irons. Both Allen and Irons earned nominations at the 2010 ceremony.
5. Steel Magnolias
In the made-for-TV remake of the Hollywood classic, Alfre Woodard snagged a outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries for her portrayal of Ouiser Boudreaux, the role Shirley MacLaine played in the original.
6. Flowers in the Attic
For this über-creepy 2014 adaptation of the cult favorite novel that focuses on four children who are kept locked in an attic, Ellen Burstyn got a nomination for her turn as the evil grandmother who insists on keeping them up there.