Canucks nab Emmy nominations

Canadians netted nods for TV writing, directing, music composition, sound editing and VFX work in the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be handed out Sept. 22.
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The 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning, and homegrown talent scored guest acting, TV writing and directing noms, and nods in craft categories including outstanding music composition and sound editing.

Actor Michael J. Fox received a nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his turn on CBS’s The Good Wife. Fox returns to TV this fall in The Michael J. Fox Show, to air on Global in Canada.

And Oscar-winning Toronto-based composer Mychael Danna received a nod for outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or special (original dramatic score) for World Without End. The series aired on Showcase in Canada and ReelzChannel in the U.S., and is produced by Tandem Communications and Take 5 Productions in association with Scott Free Films and Sat.1.

Nominated for outstanding musical composition for a series (original dramatic score) are Trevor Morris and Robert Duncan. Morris is nominated for The Borgias, the period series that aired on Bravo and CTV in Canada and Showtime in the U.S., produced by Take 5 Productions and Octagon Films.

Duncan is nominated for Last Resort, the ABC drama produced by Middkid Productions and Big Sun Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Playback last August talked to Duncan about exploring the musical potential of a submarine for the series, which aired on Global in Canada.

U.S.-based Canadian writer Barry Julien was part of the Colbert Report writing team nominated for outstanding writing for a variety series.

And Lorne Michaels and the Saturday Night Live writing team were nominated in the same category, and for outstanding writing for a variety special, for SNL‘s Weekend Update Thursday (part one).

Thornhill-born Keith Crofford, EVP of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, received a nod as executive producer of satirical medical comedy Childrens Hospital in the short-format live-action entertainment programs category.

Canuck director and producer Michelle MacLaren was nominated for outstanding directing for a drama series for AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Also nominated is the sound editing team, including sound editors from Toronto-based Tattersall Sound & Picture, behind History’s period drama series Vikings. Nominated are sound editor Jane Tattersall, sound effects editor Steve Medeiros, and dialogue editors David McCallum and Brent Pickett; as well as ADR editor Dale Sheldrake, music editor Yuri Gorbachow and Foley artists Goro Koyama and Andy Malcolm.

And for sound editing for a miniseries, movie or special for World Without End, Tattersall (supervising sound editor) and McCallum (dialogue editor) are again nominated, as are Sheldrake (ADR editor), Mitchell Bederman (music editor) and Steve Hammond (Foley artist).

Canucks also netted nominations for VFX work. For outstanding special visual effects in a supporting role, Toronto-based SPIN VFX was nominated for its work on The Borgias. The nominees are visual effects supervisor Wojciech Zielinski, visual effects producer JP Giamos, special effects supervisor Gabor Kiszelly, lighting supervisor James Chretian, CG supervisor Ahmed Shehata, 3D artist Chris Ankli, lead matte painter Jordan Nieuwland, lead digital compositor Adrian Sutherland and digital compositor Amanda Lynn Hollingworth.

And Mr. X and Take 5 productions VFX talent were nominated for Vikings. The nominees are visual effects supervisors Dennis Berardi and Julian Parry, visual effects producers Bill Halliday and Wilson Cameron, digial effects supervisor Dominic Remane, matte painting lead Jim Maxwell, compositing leads Ovidiiu Cinazan and Maria Gordon, and visual effects production manager Mike Borrett.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.

Photo, last year’s Primetime Emmys, from Emmys.com