Canadians nab Emmy noms

Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallee received a nod for his work on Big Little Lies, while Vikings and Alberta-shot Fargo are also up for trophies.

Jean Marc ValleeThe 2017 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, with more than a few Canadians up for awards.

Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (pictured) received a nod for best director for his work behind the camera on the hit HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, as did Montreal cinematographer Yves Belanger.

Meanwhile, Vikings, produced by Toronto’s Take 5 Productions and Ireland’s World 2000, picked up three nominations including nods for hairstyling, makeup and special visual effects.

Take 5 had even more reasons to celebrate yesterday. The Toronto prodco and Whizbang Pictures service-produced The Handmaid’s Tale, which picked up 13 nominations, including best drama series, as well as a slew of acting and directing awards.

Alberta-shot Fargo, service-produced by Calgary’s Nomadic Pictures, received a whopping 16 nominations, including best limited series, hairstyling, makeup, sound editing and sound mixing.

Other nominees include Montreal’s Felix & Paul Studios, which is up for best original interactive program for its The People’s House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama. Meanwhile, the Disney Mickey Mouse episode “Split Decisions,” which is service-produced by Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks, is up for best short form animated program.

Noticeably absent this year is Tatiana Maslany. The Orphan Black star wasn’t eligible to contend for best actress again this year (she picked up the big award last year) as the series aired outside of the eligibility period.