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Emmy Nominations – Reactions from Below-the-line Nominees


72nd-emmys-noms.2020 (2).1On Tuesday, July 28, the Television Academy announced the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations with HBO’s limited series Watchmen receiving the most overall nominations. At the same time,  Netflix overtook HBO’s previous record for most overall Emmy nomination, and in its first year as an entity, Apple TV+ received 18 Emmy nominations, mostly for The Morning Show  and the documentary, Beastie Boys Story.

Many of the below-the-line nominees shared their reactions after learning of their nominations.


Sharon Bialy, CSA, Sherry Thomas, CSA, Russell Scott, CSA, Robin D. Cook, CSA – The Handmaid’s Tale (Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for the recognition. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the creative team that makes The Handmaid’s Tale one of the most important and relevant works of television today.”

Alexa L. Fogel, CSA – Ozark (Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series):

 “I am, of course, thrilled to be nominated for an EMMY for OZARK. This is a dream job and this last season was the most satisfying creative experience thus far. My collaboration with Jason Bateman and Chris Mundy has been truly one of the highlights of my career. They are brilliant, kind, funny and think i am right most of the time…… also they love good actors!”

Esther Kling, Casting Director – Unorthodox (Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special)

“I am extremely happy to be nominated for my work on a project I enjoyed so much working on. It was a truly amazing experience working with artists such as the showrunners and director (Anna, Alexa & Maria) who strived to unfold the humanity of the characters, their true pains and struggles and therefor made the casting process evermore challenging and fruitful. It was exciting diving into the world of Yiddish speaking actors and holding auditions in Yiddish; It’s a totally different kind of music in the audition room than usual. This is the second time I have worked with Maria Schrader. It is an honor to place actors under her helm as her deep understanding of actors’ capabilities make for outstanding performances. And most of all, I am grateful for the actors’ talent, devotion and risk taking. It makes all my work even more worthwhile.”

This is my first Emmy nomination and to the best of my knowledges it is the first time an Israeli casting director has been nominated for an Emmy (though one claims she was nominated but I can’t find her on the website).

Two other shows I cast were previously nominated for the international Emmy award; Ramzor / Traffic light (won 2010) & Kupa Rashit / Cash Register (nominated 2019).”


Jeff Cronenweth Tales from the Loop (Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – One Hour):

“Tales From The Loop was a such personal and challenging project. To be recognized for the work is an honor beyond words.”

Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS – The Mandalorian (Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour):

“Technically, it was great to push boundaries to the edge on Mandalorian, while never losing sight of its singularly strong story. The collaboration between myself and Baz, as well as Lucas Film, Disney and ILM — alongside the episode directors — allowed us to completely re-invent the way drama is photographed.”

Adriano Goldman, ASC, BSC, ABC, Director of Photography – The Crown (Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – One Hour):

“I’m absolutely honoured and thrilled to be nominated for the EMMYS for my work on THE CROWN. This wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible team we have on the show. Collaborating with Peter Morgan and Ben Caron and so many talented artists has been an amazing experience.”

Erik Messerschmidt, Cinematographer – Mindhunter (Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series – One Hour)

“It is such honor to be nominated for my work on Mindhunter and I’m humbled to be included amongst such extraordinary talent. Working on Mindhunter has been a pivotal part of my life. The opportunity to collaborate with David Fincher, Carl Franklin, and the entire cast and crew was a beautiful experience, I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the show.”

David Mullen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – One Hour):

“It is so exciting today to get nominated for an Emmy along with all my creative collaborators on our show! Thank you Amy, Dan, Dhana, and Amazon!!!”

Armando Salas, ASC – Director of Photography – Ozark (Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series  – One Hour):

“It is humbling for my work on OZARK to be nominated for an Emmy alongside such an accomplished group of cinematographers. I’m fortunate to have collaborated with immensely talented colleagues. The images on screen are a result of that team effort, and I’m thrilled we are being recognized.”


Natalie Bronfman, Costume Designer – The Handmaid’s Tale (Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes):

“All I can say is WOW. What a fantastic surprise! I am working with the most amazing team who worked tirelessly to get this amazing show to camera. Incredible, thank you from all of us!”

Bina Daigeler, Costume Designer – Mrs. America (Outstanding Period Costumes):

“What?! I can’t believe it. I am so so thrilled, it is such an honor and uplifting moment ♥️

Joanna Eatwell, costume designer Carnival Row (Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes):

“I am absolutely thrilled that Carnival Row has nominated for Costume in the fantasy /sci-fi category. My team and I had the most wonderful time working on this production, it was a joy to go to work everyday.”

Lou Eyrich & Sarah Evelyn, Costume Designers – Hollywood (Outstanding Period Costumes)

“Working on HOLLYWOOD was an amazing & special experience, so hearing of our EMMY nomination for Costume Design elevated the experience beyond!  We had a STELLAR Costume team, supported by all the insanely creative production teams, and led by the detailed and inspired direction of Ryan Murphy.  We had a dream cast who were wonderful collaborators. This project was magical and so very meaningful and we are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Allyson Fanger, Costume Designer – Grace & Frankie (Outstanding Contemporary Costumes):

“I’m honored to be nominated for the Emmys for my work on “Grace and Frankie”. This year’s Emmy Nominations list for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes is especially strong and I am truly honored to be on it!  I am thrilled for all of my colleagues at “Grace and Frankie” for the recognition that the show has received. Collaborating with Marta Kauffman, Howard Morris and the entire talented team has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. Working on this series has been sheer joy.”

Claire Parkinson, Costume Designer – The Politician (Outstanding Contemporary Costumes):

“I’m so thrilled to be nominated for the Emmys for my work on The Politician. I am incredibly grateful to have gotten this opportunity to collaborate with Lou Eyrich and the incredible Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan team who made this experience a dream come true. Working on this series has been a true delight and I’m honored to be nominated alongside such inspiring and talented Costume Designers. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of each member of the costume team & the rest of The Politician family.”

Amy Roberts, Costume Designer – The Crown (Outstanding Period Costumes):

“I am so honored to be nominated for the Emmys for my work on The Crown S3. It’s also thrilling for my wonderful team to have the recognition they richly deserve. Collaborating with the talented and exceptional group of people working on this wonderful show is one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”

Justine Seymour, Costume Designer  – Unorthodox  (Outstanding Contemporary Costumes):

“Thank you so much for this nomination, I am over the moon. Researching the Satmar community, alongside the bright and colorful Berlin was a designers dream come true. Anna Winger is just a brilliant story teller, Shira Haas is an enormous talent and such fun to work with. The entire cast were committed and passionate, every day was a joy to create this world. Jens Bartram a true artist creating the best Pious, wigs and beards. And the generosity of Deborah Feldman for sharing her personal journey was a gift to us all.”

Donna Zakowska, Costume Designer The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Period Costumes):

“The opportunity to follow ones creative instincts and the ability to collaborate with exceptional artists are for a designer truly special gifts. Mrs. Maisel has given me these gifts, making the nomination particularly significant because it recognizes that others have appreciated our work and become a part of our world. It is a joyous moment for the team and encouragement to keep the passion we value on the project alive.”


Lynn Shelton, Director (Posthumous) – Little Fires Everywhere

Statement from Shelton’s parents, Wendy Roedell and David “Mac” Shelton:

“That Lynn is honored by the Television Academy is not only a tribute to her accomplishments as a director but her style of directing.  Always in control but kind-hearted.  Making the final decisions but always soliciting input from her colleagues. Colleagues, yes, that is how she regarded everyone on the set, from grips and gaffers and set and costume designers to the director of photography and the actors.  This is an honor for the ultimate collaborationist who knew that she would produce her best if she teased the best out of her teammates.”


Doug Abel, ACE, Editor – Tiger King (Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program):

“I know the whole edit team is beyond thrilled to have “earned their stripes” with this Emmy nomination, and we’re blown away that the show garnered five other nominations. It’s so satisfying to be recognized for shining a light on the hidden and crazy world, all while keeping it entertaining enough to appeal to such a large audience.”

Cindy Mollo, ACE, Editor – Ozark (Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series):

“It is really thrilling to see all the love for Ozark – 18 nominations!! This season was such an amazing journey with twists and turns and surprises around every corner. I’m especially happy for Showrunner Chris Mundy and my fellow editor Viks Patel, in addition to our amazing cast, DPs, composers and directors! As always, it was incredibly rewarding to work with Jason Bateman, the director of the episode I’m nominated for, “War Time.” He continues to inspire us all to do our best!”

Dean Zimmerman, ACE, Editor – Stranger Things (Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing):

“I’m humbled and honored to be nominated for my work on Stranger Things and thrilled for all of my colleagues. This show is a tribute to a team effort and willingness to strive for perfection. Working with the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy has been incredible. This nomination honors my collaboration with my protege Katheryn Naranjo, which makes this moment all the more gratifying. The support and unwavering dedication of all my colleagues, specifically Netflix, is what makes working on this series the greatest thrill of all.”


Paul Elliot, Department Head Hairstylist and Ewa Latak-Cynk Key, Co-Department Head Hairstylist  –  The Handmaid’s Tale  (Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling):

“We would like to thank the Academy for the recognition for our hard work on The Handmaids Tale. It is a pleasure to work on. Again thank you.”

Patricia Regan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Period and/or Character Make-up – Non-Prosthetic):

“I am delighted for my team and myself, thank you very much Television Academy”


Nathan Barr Carnival Row (Original Main Title Theme Music):

“To be nominated with so many other amazingly talented composers is a huge win in itself. It’s gratifying to have all those hours and days spent in the studio seen and heard and acknowledged.”

Antonio Gambale, composer – Unorthodox (Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series and Main Title Theme Music)

“I’m so thrilled to have received two nominations for my music on Unorthodox this year!  I’m so proud of our show, especially the entire cast and crew. I’m also proud of how it found such a loyal audience the world over. It was such a joy to work with everyone, and it’s been great to see all the trust and support Netflix put into our show.”

Mark Isham  – Little Fires Everywhere (Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special – Original Dramatic Score):

“Such an honor to be nominated with the always fabulous Isabella THE MACHINE!! And for such a wonderful show – and with the support of the best team ever!”

Ingrid Michaelson – Little Fires Everywhere (Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics):

“I am honored to be nominated by the Television Academy alongside such talents. Little Fires Everywhere is a show about mothers and daughters. About being a woman. About letting go and growing. I consider myself lucky to be a part of this incredible piece of art. An immense thanks to Liz Tigelaar and the rest of the Little Fires Everywhere family for their support.”

Tom Mizer & Curtis Moore The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics)

“Thank goodness for the mute feature on zoom because we may have blown out some ears cheering for team Maisel this morning. Writing songs for Maisel and collaborating with the A-Team of craftspeople who make this gorgeous, funny and smart show was already the gift of a lifetime—so to be recognized by our music peers alongside some of our musical idols is truly overwhelming. Thanks to the entire marvelous Maisel music team as well as the stellar singers, actors and musicians who brought our songs to life. Most of all huge thanks must go to the mad geniuses behind it all, Amy & Dan, for always raising the bar of excellence and believing that two music theater geeks could create a songbook for Shy and the Silver Belles that swings believably alongside classic music we love. We are now going to raise a glass together to this crazy year, via zoom, and try not to spill it on our laptops.

Martin Phipps, composer – The Crown (Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score):

“Delighted to receive a nomination for my dutiful service to The Crown. Carrying on its legacy was a tough ask, but a rewarding one. Also honoured to be included alongside such talent as Britell, Goransson, Bensi/Jurriaans & Labrinth. What an awesome line up this year! Congrats to the other nominees for The Crown including the amazing Peter Morgan.”

Isa Summers  – Little Fires Everywhere (Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special – Original Dramatic Score):

“So wildly grateful to everyone involved in helping me with my first score; what a good time we had making this show. I am so honored and proud – and to be able to work alongside Mark Isham has been such an incredible experience.”

Kamasi Washington, composer – Becoming (Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special:

“I am truly honored to be nominated for an Emmy award for my musical contributions to Michelle Obama’s documentary “Becoming.”  It was such a huge blessing to work with director Nadia Hallgren and the whole “Becoming” team.  To have the Emmy organization’s acknowledgement of the beautiful work we created is truly special and I am so thankful.

Pharrell Williams, performer/co-writer “Letter To My Godfather” – The Black Godfather (Outstanding Music and Lyrics):

“It’s an honor to share the legend of Clarence Avant, a man who has never stopped fighting for social justice in entertainment, athletics and politics. His impact on culture connects us all. Thank you to the TV Academy and thank you to the incredible Nicole Avant, Reginald Hudlin and Netflix for sharing the story of The Black Godfather.”


Nora Felder, Music Supervisor – Stranger Things (Outstanding Music Supervision):

“Wow! Such fantastic news to be nominated for my work on Season 3 of Stranger Things. My Stranger Things family raises the bar yet AGAIN for the 3rd season! It’s truly an honor to be a part of the shows main silent characters.  The Music! “


David Bomba, Production Designer – Ozark  (Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program –  One Hour or More)

“I’m so very thrilled about the Emmy nomination for my work on OZARK and to be in the company of my fellow honored colleagues. The opportunity to work on a show with the caliber of writing and directing that is involved is a gift in itself. It is particularly gratifying to have been recognized alongside Jason Bateman and Chris Mundy with whom I collaborated on the creative tones of this season when establishing the new elements that were introduced. With their company, my incredible crew and the inspiration of all the other artists, I am both so very grateful for this recognition and all the more excited to carry these high standards into the next season.”

Martin Childs, Production Designer – The Crown  Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program – One Hour Or More):

“Hugely thrilled to have been nominated for our work on The Crown. Even after three seasons there’s always some massive new challenge to design thanks to such inspiring scripts. Aberfan was the toughest, the most essential, the most demanding and the most rewarding episode.

Matthew Flood Ferguson, Production Designer – Hollywood (Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program):

“Bringing Hollywood’s Golden Age back to life was a dream job come true for me and a complete joy. I am honored to be nominated for the EMMY for my work on “HOLLYWOOD” and thrilled for all my colleagues on the show for all the recognition the show has received. Collaborating with Ryan Murphy has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. We’re honored by the nomination and congratulate everyone else for their incredible work in this category.”

Bill Groom, production designer – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program – One Hour or More):

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been a joy from the very beginning. We have a wonderful team and we are honored to be in the company of these great nominees.”

Susie Mancini, Production Designer – Space Force (Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program  – Half-hour)

“This Emmy nomination is especially uplifting to me and my team who gave so much love and dedication into this show. It’s an honor. Greg Daniels believed in me since the day we met and I will always be grateful to him for his blind support. Working with him, along with so many masters of comedy and technical professionals on the show, pushed me to do the best work I was capable of. The biggest shout-out goes to every single person in my Art Department. A great ensemble of talent and I share every success with them. Inspired by many icons from Ken Adam and Kubrick, up to Space X, the main catalyst however was fueled by us, the entire Space Force team – directors, writers, producers, costumes, post, VFX and everyone involved. I knew, with Space Force, I was taking on a project that was going to push my limits and challenge me, and it did, and I’m honored to have this show be my first Emmy nomination!”

Elisabeth Williams, Production Designer –  The Handmaid’s Tale (Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program – One Hour or More):

“Martha, Rob and I are proud to represent the hundreds of people in locations, construction, paint, props, set dec, graphics, set design, picture cars, greens and special effects departments who work tirelessly to bring this beautiful show to the screen and we are thankful to the Academy for the nomination. That our work continues to be recognized is a testament to the overall quality of this compelling series. This particular nomination is unequivocally tributary to the exquisite cinematography by Stuart Biddlecombe and brilliant directing by Dearbhla Walsh.”


Tim Farrell, Sound Editor – Star Trek: Picard (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour):

“In addition to everyone Matt mentioned, I’d love to give a huge thank you to our incredible crew. Every person on our team in both nominations does amazing work and is a joy to work with. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such talented individuals whose combined effort truly raises the bar. I’d also like to thank Deron Street and his team of assistants who’s behind the scene efforts keep us running like a well-oiled machine.  Well-deserved everyone!!” 

Craig Henighan, Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer – Stranger Things (Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour): 

“I’m honored to be nominated for Emmy awards for my work on STRANGER THINGS and thrilled for all of my colleagues on the production for the recognition that the show has received. Collaborating with Matt and Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. It’s a family atmosphere that allows us to be incredibly creative. Working on this series has been a joy from the very beginning.”

Matthew E. Taylor, Sound Supervisor – Star Trek: Picard  (Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour):

“I’m very happy for the series sound crew. We had a blast on this show and are very thankful to be a part of the Star Trek family. A huge thank you to April Nocifora, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Secret Hideout and WB PPS for their support. Also, I must give a big congratulations to the other category nominees who are doing fantastic work. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside them.” 


Ron Bochar The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour)

“Boy is this exciting! Every season of MRS MAISEL tops the previous one, with Dan and Amy pushing us to do so much more with the sound and it’s just terrific when that work is heard and leads to an Emmy Nomination!”

Mathew Price The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – One Hour): 

“Wow, just wow. I am so proud and excited to have just been nominated again for mixing this amazing and challenging show along with all the rest of our phenomenal cast and crew. There just aren’t enough superlatives. And I’m honored to be in the same category as all of the other illustrious Sound Mixing nominees.”


Paul Graff, Visual Effects Supervisor – Stranger Things (Outstanding Special Visual Effects):

“I’m honored to be nominated for the Emmys for my work on STRANGER THINGS and thrilled for all of my colleagues on the production for the recognition that the show has received. Collaborating with THE DUFFER BROTHERS, CHRIS TRUJILLO, TUDOR JONES, and LACHLAN  MILNE on Chapter Eight has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. I also need to thank all of our team and vendors who poured their hearts and souls into this project. This show has struck a nerve not just with the audience but also with everybody involved in making it a reality. Thank you to everybody for making this unforgettable.”

Andrea Knoll Tales from the Loop (Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role): 

“What an incredible honor to have Tales from the Loop recognized by the Television Academy. Working on this show alongside Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn, Nathaniel Halpern, Eddie Anton, and Ashley Bernes has been the most professional and collaborative experience of my career to date. I’m indebted to the entire visual effects team who worked tirelessly to bring Simon Stålenhag’s beautiful artwork to life. We were able to tastefully execute photorealistic visual effects that support an emotional, moving story. Thank you to the Television Academy for our Emmy nomination for our work. We are all thrilled.”

Stephen Lebed, VFX Producer, Brendan Taylor, VFX Supervisor, Leo Bovell, VFX Supervisor, Rob Greb, Compositing Supervisor, Gwen Zhang, Senior Compositor, Marlis Coto, Compositor, Stephen Wagner, Lead FX Artist, Josh Clark, CG Supervisor, James Minett, CG Lead Artist – The Handmaiden’s Tale (Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role):

“We would like to thank the Television Academy for this nomination on behalf of the talented artists who do an incredible job on this series. Thanks to Bruce Miller for his vision that gives us the chance to expand the world of Gilead in bold and frightening ways. Thanks to everyone at Hulu, MGM, Take 5 Productions and Whizbang for making this possible.”

The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting.


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Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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