The Emmys might still be trying to find where Syfy is on their dial, but at least it wasn’t too bad of a year for genre programs as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released the nominees Thursday for its 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
As expected, “Lost” from ABC led the field with 12 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Matthew Fox, two Outstanding Supporting Actor nominations for Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, and even an Outstanding Guest Actress nomination for Elizabeth Mitchell from the series finale “The End.”
“Lost” will compete for the top prize among drama shows, but it will have a surprisingly good competitor — HBO’s “True Blood.” The show apparently edged out regular nominee “Dexter” to earn its first Outstanding Drama Series nomination among four other technical nods. Both “True Blood” and “Lost” will be up against “Breaking Bad” from AMC, “The Good Wife” from CBS and “Mad Men” from AMC.
The series finale of “Lost” was honored in other categories as well, with Emmy regular Jack Bender earning a nomination for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series, “Star Trek” composer Michael Giacchino getting a nod for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), and both Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse earning nominations for writing “The End.”
“Dexter” may have missed out on the top drama prize, but it earned six nominations on its own including Outstanding Lead Actor in Michael C. Hall and Outstanding Guest Actor in John Lithgow. Steve Shill earned a directing nomination for his episode “The Getaway.”
If you don’t remember “Virtuality,” the broken pilot that Fox aired last summer, you should. And at least Emmy did. The Academy nominated the special effects crew for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. Among those getting the nod were Gary Hutzel (who received a number of nominations this year), Michael Gibson, Andrew Karr, Ryan Schroer, Pierre Drolet, Heather McAuliff, Derek Leadbetter, Alex McClymont and Daniel Osaki.
Unfortunately — and as expected — some of the strong work done by Syfy this year apparently wasn’t good enough for the movers and shakers in Hollywood. The network received just six nominations, but a couple that did stand out. The television movie “Alice” earned Kathy Bates another Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the Queen of Hearts for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. The television film also picked up a technical Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special honoring Kirby Jinnah, Melody Drolet, James Wallace, Brian Campbell, Jay Cheetham, Dario Disanto, Rich Walters, Shane Shemko and Cam Wagner.
“Warehouse 13” was noticed for its original main title theme written by Edward Rogers, while “Caprica” and “Stargate: Universe” shared some nominations in Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. SGU actually received a pair of nominations for “Air” and “Space” that recognized the work of Mark Savela, MIchael Lowes, Vivian Jim, Kodie MacKenzie, Andrew Karr, Alex McClymont, Brenda Campbell, Craig Vanderbiggelaar, Jamie Yukio Kawano, Krista McLean, Luke Vallee, Jason Gross, Steve Garrard, Chris Deroiche and Robert Bourgeault.
“Caprica” was nominated for “There is Another Sky,” which included Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Doug Drexler, Jesse Toves, Kyle Toucher, Pierre Drolet, Heather McAuliff, Derek Leadbetter and Dave Morton.
Bear McCreary was not recognized for his “Caprica” work, but he did receive his first Emmy nomination for the main title theme of Fox’s “Human Target.”
AMC’s “The Prisoner” didn’t get a lot of acclaim from critics, but Ian McKellen was honored for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. The event also received a nomination for Florian Hoffmeister for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie.
“The Pacific” led all programs with 24 nominations followed by 19 for “Glee” and 17 for “Mad Men.”
The creative arts portion of the Emmys will be handed out Aug. 21 (and will not be televised). The main event, however, will air Aug. 29 on NBC.
Other nominations of note:
* “Heroes” on NBC was nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series for “Brave New World.”
* “Chuck” on NBC was nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for “Chuck Vs. The Tic Tac,” honoring the work of Merritt Yohnka.
* “Lost” also was nominated for Oustanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series (“Ab Aeterno”), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“The End”), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (“The End”), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour (“The End”).
* “True Blood” also was nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series (“Never Let Me Go,” “I Will Rise Up”); Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special (“Scratches”); Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (“Beyond Here Lies Nothin’)
* “Dexter” also was nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Shawn Dawson), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Matthew V. Colonna for “The Getaway”), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (“Hello, Dexter Morgan”)
* “FlashForward” on ABC earned three nominations for Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series (“No More Good Days”), Outstanding Music Composition for a Series – Original Dramatic Score (Ramin Djawadi for “No More Good Days”), and Outstanding Stunt Coordination (Danny Weselis for “No More Good Days”)
* The Star Wars franchise earned a nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for Star Wars: Uncut put together by Casey Pugh, Annelise Pruitt, Jamie Wilkinson and Chad Pugh.
* “Fringe” on Fox got just a single nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for “White Tulip” earned by Paul Curtis, Rick Norma, Bruce Tanis, Paul Apelgren, Shelley Roden and Rick Partlow.
* “V” on ABC earned a nod for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for its pilot, with work by Andrew Orloff, Karen Czukerberg, Chris Zapara, Jonathan R. Banta, Steve Graves, Christopher Irving, Michael Cliett and Roberto Biagi.