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73rd Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees


72nd-emmys-noms.2020 (2).1On Tuesday, July 13, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the 73rd Emmy Awards nominations with The Crown and The Mandalorian leading the way with 24 nominations apiece, followed by WandaVision with 23 (in the limited series category) and Ted Lasso with 20.

The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 19, with Cedric the Entertainer hosting, airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+

Many of the below-the-line nominees shared their reactions after learning of their nominations. We will be adding to this list as more reactions come in.


Sarah Finn, CSA, Casting – WandaVision and The Mandalorian (Outstanding Casting For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie and Casting For A Drama Series)

“I’m stunned and so excited to be receiving my first Emmy nominations! It’s an honor to be recognized for Casting in these visionary and groundbreaking shows with such outstanding fellow nominees. It was a joy to work with my longtime collaborators and help bring these compelling characters to life.”

Ally Capriotti Grant and Pamela Vallarelli, Location Casting –  Queer Eye (Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program)

“Casting this show continues to be the delight of our careers. From each episode’s incredibly deserving ‘hero’ to the inspirational special guests we meet along the way, and of course, our incomparable Fab Five at the heart of it all, working on Queer Eye is a pleasure from beginning to end, and we’re beyond grateful for this honor.”

Kelly Valentine Hendry, Casting Director –  Bridgerton (Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series)

“I’m so proud of my team at KVH casting and the whole gang at Bridgerton. Casting is such a complex and collaborative occupation. I am thrilled with the nomination. I share this award with my associate Cole Edwards and of course the cast and creative of Bridgerton.  We guide and inspire each other everyday and I am honoured to be part of team.”

Ellen Lewis, Casting Director – The Queen’s Gambit (Outstanding Casting For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie)

“On behalf of the Casting Team, we could not be more thrilled and honored to be recognized by the Television Academy for The Queen’s Gambit. We are so proud of our actors nominated as well, Anya, Moses and Thomas!”


Steve James, Director/Producer – City So Real  (Outstanding Doc or Nonfic Series and Cinematography for Nonfic Program)

“We are so thrilled to receive these nominations for CITY SO REAL from the Television Academy.  This docuseries was an incredibly rewarding adventure for us, and we had the best possible subjects in the citizens of Chicago, a city we dearly love.  My producing partner Zak Piper and I give heartfelt thanks to our stellar team, including Kartemquin, Participant, and National Geographic.  And I want to give a special shout out to my son, Jackson, with whom I proudly share nomination for cinematography.  I know talent when I see it!”

Matthew Jensen, ASC, Director of Photography – “Chapter 15: The Believer ” of The Mandalorian (Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour))

“I’m thrilled to be included in a great group of nominees and so proud of all my colleagues whose hard work was recognized in the nominations.  I’m truly grateful for the experience of making the show and for the recognition by the Academy.”

Jeffrey Jur, ASC, Cinematographer –  Bridgerton (Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour))

“I can’t believe I’m in the company of so many beautifully photographed series this year. I would just say how grateful I am to Shondaland, creator Chris Van Dusen and directors Julie Anne Robinson and Tom Verica, as well as my incredible British collaborators & crew. So much politeness, so much talent, they’ve all been very kind & supportive to me on my first UK production!”


Gabriele Binder, Costume Designer – The Queen’s Gambit (Outstanding Period Costumes)

“Wow….this incredible journey continues! I can’t thank Scott Frank enough for inviting me on this trip….. and it’s amazing that we can share this happiness with all departments from THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT family. Big hug to every single one from my adorable costume department.”

Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi, Costume Designers – Ratched (Outstanding Period Costumes)

“What a prolific year in television, such incredible visual content!  We are honored to be nominated in this category with such astounding talent and creativity. We thank Ryan Murphy for continuing to provide the visually driven stories.  And grateful to our team of talent for their creative contribution & endless drive.”

Ellen Mirojnick, Costume Designer – Bridgerton (Outstanding Period Costumes)

“Bridgerton’s uniqueness came with the challenge of creating a vibrant, luscious, romantic and heightened world that would immerse a modern audience in a Regency period. We are ecstatic our peers have included us in this group of extraordinary nominees.”

Dayna Pink, Costume Designer – Lovecraft Country (Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes)

“I’m elated that this groundbreaking work by Misha and our talented cast and crew has broken through to become a part of entertainment history. Grateful to all of those that helped to create this magic and all the people who were moved by it.”

Mayes C. Rubeo, Costume Designer – WandaVision (Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes)

“I am absolutely honored to be nominated for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes. This is my first for the Emmy Awards and I am thrilled to be in the company of my dear assistant designers and the whole team of a groundbreaking Television Series, and 23 Nominations!! Wow!”


Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, Directors/Producers – Boys State (Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special  and Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program.)

“Our journey with Boys State has been one of continuous surprise. This latest turn of events is as thrilling as Steven Garza’s underdog campaign for governor, and we’re gratified to see the work of our incredible production team and the courage of our film subjects recognized by the Television Academy. These nominations are also, in large part, a reflection of the tremendous faith and hard work of our friends and partners at Concordia Studio and Apple TV+.”


Parker LaramieSara Newens, and Mikaela Shwer, Editors – Allen v. Farrow (Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program)

“We are deeply honored to be nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for Allen v. Farrow alongside such an incredible cohort of nominees. We are so grateful to have worked with such phenomenal filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and a team of extraordinarily talented collaborators, including the outstanding dedication and tireless effort of our entire editorial team to bring this important story to the world. We are in awe of the fortitude and wisdom of Dylan Farrow and grateful to the Farrow family for their brave candor in addressing the painful reality of abuse and trusting us to help share their story.”

 Yan Miles, ACE, Editor –  The Crown (Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series)

“I am extremely humbled and honoured to be nominated for an Emmy for The Crown: Fairytale.

It was an extraordinary experience given that Diana is such an important historical figure.  Having lived through that history myself, it felt particularly pertinent to be delicate yet truthful.

Creating the scene where a young and lonely Diana practises ballet before bursting into an impromptu dance to the sound of Elton John was a truly magical experience.  It was an alchemy of sorts and I knew we had something special in the cutting room.

Finally, I’d like to thank my peers that have voted for ‘Fairytale’ and share a huge appreciation to Drama Editors that have continued to tell fantastic and often difficult stories throughout this precarious time we’re living in.”


Jerilynn Stephens, Department Head Hairstylist – Legendary and The Voice (Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program)

“With ten nominations across my career, I have never felt more honored than to get the nominations for these shows, especially Legendary! This was the ultimate show for us as creative hairstylists. It also means so much to me because it fully embraces diversity and has representation carried from on-screen talent through to those working behind the scenes. Both The Voice and Legendary are prime examples of how the work is only as good as your team, and I’m so lucky to have the best team of incredibly talented hairstylists standing beside me in these nominations. Every creative was chosen because of the talent they have and the skill they gave every single day. I’m so proud of the work we all accomplished together.”


Michael Abels, ComposerAllen v. Farrow (Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special, and Main Title Theme Music)

“I’m thrilled to be nominated for such an impactful series and I’m grateful to the filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, to HBO, to my music team and to all of the musicians who contributed so much of their time and energy to this project.  I’m honored to be part of a series that has been nominated for its excellence on so many levels.  And I’d like to commend Dylan Farrow on her persistence and bravery.” 

Christophe Beck, Composer – WandaVision (Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

“I am so thrilled to be nominated for WandaVision and delighted to see the other nominations picked up for the series. This was both such a pleasure and a challenge to work on, and I would like to thank Marvel and my amazing music team for their support and collaboration.”

Kathryn Bostic, Composer – Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score))

“I am really honored to be nominated by my peers for my work on Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir. This was a really special project for me for many reasons. I set out to capture Amy’s spirit, courage, and resilience in creating the score for her remarkable story. I am so grateful to the director, the late James Redford, and the entire production team for entrusting me with helping to tell that story with my music, and for being the most gracious and wonderful collaborators.” 

Kris Bowers, Composer – Bridgerton (Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) and Original Main Title Theme Music)

“I’m so appreciative to the Television Academy, and humbled by these two nominations. It has been such an honor to be part of Bridgerton and to see the global impact it has received. Thank you to Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes, Alex Patsavas, and everyone at Shondaland and Netflix for having me.”

Ludwig Göransson, Composer – “Chapter 16: The Rescue” of The Mandalorian (Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score))

“It’s an incredible feeling to be nominated this year – thank you to the Television Academy for this recognition. Congratulations to the entire Mandalorian family on this season’s nominations, and hats off to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni especially for creating a second season as thrilling and heartwarming as this one. Setting music to your work and delving into the Star Wars Universe with you has been an honor and an absolute joy.”

Steven Price, Composer, – David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score))

“Writing the score for David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, Sir David Attenborough’s witness statement sharing his experiences of the changing natural world and his hopes for the future, was a huge honour for me. I’m incredibly grateful to be nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a documentary, and hope this recognition, shared with the brilliant filmmakers, can help the film’s crucial message continue to spread. Thank you to the Television Academy!”

Carlos Rafael Rivera, Composer – The Queen’s Gambit (Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

“So grateful for the insane amount of nominations The Queen’s Gambit has garnered, and thrilled to be included among them. My thanks to the Television Academy, my peers in the music branch for their recognition, and my deepest thanks to the great Scott Frank, for inviting me along to help tell Beth Harmon’s story through music.

I am celebrating today in Miami with my wife and kids, and am so so grateful for their unwavering support over the two years it took to score The Queen’s Gambit.”


Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor – Bridgerton (Outstanding Music Supervision)

“I am so very appreciative and grateful to the Television Academy to be honored with my first Music Supervision nomination for “Bridgerton”. This honor is extra EXTRA special as I have had the privilege to work with my incredibly talented Shondaland family on multiple series for nearly two decades. A zillion heartfelt thank yous to Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers for the opportunity to be part of such a special project.”


Will Hughes-Jones, Production Designer – Bridgerton (Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More))

“What a fantastic surprise and honor to be nominated by the Academy. It is a privilege to do such work, and we are all so proud of Bridgerton. In these tough days, it is wonderful to know we have bought pleasure to people, and entertained them when the world is so upside down. Thank you to Shondaland and Netflix for their support in our work.”


Paula Fairfield, Sound Designer – Lovecraft Country (Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour))

“It’s insane; look at what Lovecraft Country did… 18 nominations!! Absolutely thrilled to be part of this team in helping Misha’s fantastic world come to life. She is a genius visionary and storyteller; I can’t wait to see what she does next. And congrats to everyone nominated for their work on the show. I’m honored to have worked alongside so many talented creatives on a show with such profound meaning.”

Samson Neslund, Sound Effects Editor – WandaVision (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special)

“What an honor! Congratulations to the amazing team.”

Steve Orlando, Sound Designer – WandaVision (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special)

“I’m so glad I got to work with such an amazing team of people. This show was such a love letter to TV and everyone stepped up and sent it! Congrats to everyone and good luck!”

James David Redding, III, Sound Editor – The Queen’s Gambit (Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special)

“I’m very excited and proud that the work of The Queen’s Gambit team is being recognized with a nomination. To be with such esteemed colleagues in the category is an honor.”

Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Co-Supervising Sound Editor – WandaVision (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special)

“To quote Mrs. Heart, ‘My head is spinning!’ So very honored to have worked with the talent that is Wanda Vision, Good luck to everyone!”



Tara DeMarco, Visual Effects Supervisor – WandaVision (Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie)

“I am over-the-moon about the nomination for Special Visual Effects. It’s absolutely wonderful to have recognition for the work we accomplished in VFX and for all of our WandaVision colleagues nominated in other categories. It was a true team effort from start to finish.”

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