In July when the nominations for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, they contained quite a few veterans of Star Trek from the original series to the new feature film, including William Shatner and JJ Abrams. But tonight it was a total shut-out for Trek vets, without a single one walking home with a trophy. And it wasn’t much better at last week’s creative arts ceremony. Details below.
Not a good night for Trek vets
As usual the Emmy Awards, held tonight at Nokia Theater in Hollywood, was a huge event, with most of the big names in Television on hand. But for those who had a past with one of the biggest franchise’s in TV history, it wasn’t a great night. The saddest news is that William Shatner (the original Kirk) lost out for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Denny Crane on Boston Legal in the show’s final season. This was Shatner’s sixth consecutive nomination, with two previous wins. In the end, the award went to Michael Emerson from Lost (a show created by Star Trek (2009) producer Damon Lindelof and Star Trek (2009) producer/director JJ Abrams)
Bill is all smiles at the Emmys – before he found out he didn’t win
A number of Star Trek guest stars also lost out Sunday night. Vanessa Williams (Arandis in DS9’s "Let He Who Is Without Sin…") didn’t pick an Emmy in her third nomination for a supporting role on Ugly Betty and Sarah Silverman (Rain Robinson in VOY’s “Future’s End”) was passed over for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Sarah Silverman Program. Also, two Enterprise guest actors (Tom Bergeron and Padma Lakshmi) were both beat out for Outstanding Reality Host for their hosting duties on Dancing with the Stars and Top Chef, respectively.
Williams, Silverman and Lakshmi looked good on the red carpet – but all walked home empty handed
It also wasn’t a good night for Trek writers and producers. Star Trek 2009 producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof’s show Lost was beat out by Mad Men for Outstanding Dramatic Series, and Lindelof also lost out to a couple of writers from Mad Men for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series, as did Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, who wrote three episodes of Enterprise. And on the funny side, Family Guy creator/producer (and periodic Star Trek: Enterprise cameo) Seth McFarlane had the first animated series nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series since 1961, but Family Guy lost out to 30 Rock.
MacFarlane at Emmys 2009 – better luck next time Seth
Some vets walk home winners at Creative Arts Emmys
Last Saturday, September 12, the TV Academy held the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater in Hollywood. And there were quite a Trek vets up for various awards, with a mix of winners and losers. Probably the most famous Trek vet up for an award last week was writer/producer Ron Moore who was nominated for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-action program for the BSG web series Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy, but he lost out to Joss Whedon for his Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. The Outstanding Visual Effects category was full of former Star Trek effect artists, incluing the last year’s winners, the BSG effects team led by Gary Hutzel. But in the end Heroes won, which including Insurrection VFX production manager Mark Spatny.
Other creative arts 2009 Emmy winners include:
- Veteran Star Trek casting director Junie Lowry Johnson and Trek casting assistant Libby Goldstein for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series on HBO’s True Blood
- Veteran Trek costume designer Robert Blackman and Trek wardrobe supervisor Carol Kunz, for Pushing Daisies
- Trek stuntman Merritt Yohnka for Outstanding Stunt Coordination on Chuck
- Todd McIntosh, David DeLeon, and Steve Anderson (Enterprise) for outstanding makeup for a single camera series (non-prosthetic) on Pushing Daisies
More info and the full list of nominees available at emmys.tv
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