The nominations for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, and naturally, a large number of Star Trek alumni have been named. Many are those who have been nominated many times in the past, including William Shatner, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Gary Hutzel, and Vanessa Williams. Read below for the complete details.
The big news is that William Shatner (Kirk Prime) has once again been nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Denny Crane on Boston Legal, which ended its run back in December. This is Shatner’s sixth consecutive nomination for his portrayal of Crane. Of those six nominations, Shatner has won two (2004 & 2005). Among those the Shat has to contend with is his Boston Legal co-star Christian Clemenson.
In the other acting categories, Vanessa Williams (Arandis in DS9’s “Let He Who Is Without Sin…”) has received her third nomination for her role on Ugly Betty. Meanwhile, Sharon Lawrence (Amelia Earhart in VOY’s “The 37’s”) is up for Outstanding Guest Appearance in a Drama Series for Grey’s Anatomy, while another Voyager guest star Sarah Silverman (Rain Robinson in VOY’s “Future’s End”) has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Sarah Silverman Program. There’s also Len Cariou (Admiral Janeway in VOY: “Coda”), who’s been nominated for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the TV movie Into the Storm.
Shatner in the Boston Legal Season 5 episode "True Love"
Lost, co-created by ST09 producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, was again nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Lindelof was nominated (along with Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse) in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category for the episode “The Incident.” Also nominated in the drama writing category: Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, writers of three episodes of Enterprise, who are receiving recognition for an episode of Mad Men.
Family Guy, created and produced by and featuring the voice of Star Trek: Enterprise cameo-maker Seth McFarlane, is the first animated series since 1961 to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. McFarlane himself is also nominated for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance on Family Guy, while McFarlane’s other show, American Dad, is up for Outstanding Animated Program.
Lastly, Ronald D. Moore is among those nominated in the Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs category as executive producer of the internet series Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy.
Abrams and Lindelof with their Emmys for "Lost" in 2005
Visual effects nominations
In the visual effects category, Trek vets Gary Hutzel, Sean Jackson, Kyle Toucher, Pierre Drolet, and David Morton have all been nominated for their work on Battlestar Galactica. They are up against fellow Trek fx artists Kevin Blank and Steve Fong for Fringe, Armen Kevorkian and Arthur J. Codron for Ghost Whisperer, and Mark Spatny for Heroes.
Effects shot from BSG "Daybreak, Part 2" – nominated for Emmy
A number of Star Trek vets are up for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special: Clinton Wayne (ST09) has a nomination for CSI; husband & wife team Bari Dreband-Burman and Thomas R. Burman (Star Trek III) are up for both Grey’s Anatomy and Nip/Tuck; and Vincent Van Dyke (ST09) is also up for Grey’s Anatomy. As for the non-prosthetic make-up categories, there’s Debbie Zoller (Star Trek Generations, Enterprise) and Ron Pipes (Star Trek V) up for Mad Men, while Todd McIntosh, David DeLeon, and Steve Anderson (Enterprise) up for Pushing Daisies.
- Veteran Star Trek casting director Junie Lowry Johnson and Trek casting assistant Libby Goldstein have been nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for their work on HBO’s True Blood. Star Trek VI casting director Mary Jo Slater is up for the same award for her work on The Tudors.
- Veteran Trek costume designer Robert Blackman was nominated, along with Trek wardrobe supervisor Carol Kunz, for an episode of Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies.
- There’s also Star Trek: Voyager art director Michael Mayer, who’s up for Outstanding Art Direction For a Single-Camera Series for his work on Bones.
- Two Enterprise guest actors, Tom Bergeron and Padma Lakshmi, are nominated for their hosting duties on Dancing with the Stars and Top Chef, respectively.
- Al Jones, who was Christopher Lloyd’s stunt double on Star Trek III, and Generations stuntman Merritt Yohnka are both nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination — Jones for My Name Is Earl, Yohnka for Chuck.
- Paul Williams, who appeared as Koru in the VOY episode “Virtuoso”, has been nominated in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for the songs he wrote for A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa. Meanwhile, DS9 sound editor Sean Callery has been nominated for the music he composed for an episode of 24 and for the movie, 24: Redemption.
Winners for those in the technical categories will be announced at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, September 12th. The winners for the main categories will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 20th starting at 8pm EST. Both events will be held at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, with the Primetime Emmy Awards being telecast on CBS.
More info and the full list of nominees available at emmys.tv