The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning, and numerous Trek alumni have cause to celebrate. Amongst the nominees were Star Trek 2009’s Damon Lindelof and Michael Giacchino, as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart. Read below for the complete details.
Patrick Stewart & more Trek vets nominated for acting Emmys
With Boston Legal no longer on the air, this year marked the first time since 2005 that William Shatner was not nominated for an Emmy. But another Trek captain has taken his place: Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) has been nominated for his portrayal of the Ghost and Claudius in the PBS broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet. This is Stewart’s third Emmy nomination in an acting category and his first as a supporting actor; he was previously nominated as the lead actor in the 1998 TV movie Moby Dick and for his guest appearance on Extras in 2006.
Also grabbing his third Emmy nomination is Terry O’Quinn (Adm. Eric Pressman, TNG’s “The Pegasus”), who is again up for his portrayal of John Locke on Lost. He was previously nominated for the same award in 2005 and 2007, winning the award in the latter year. Receiving his second Emmy nomination is five-time Star Trek guest actor Gregory Itzin, who is nominated as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as former President Charles Logan on 24. He was previously nominated in the Supporting Actor category for the same role back in 2006.
Patrick Stewart nominated for Emmy for his work in PBS’ "Hamlet"
Abrams/Lindelof’s Lost picks up 12 nominations
Lost, co-created by ST09 producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, received twelve Emmy nominations for its final season, including (once again) Outstanding Drama Series. Lindelof was nominated (along with Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse) for writing the series finale, titled “The End.” It is Lindelof’s fifth and final nomination as a writer for Lost.
Another Trek vet picked up an writing Emmy. As an actor, Robert Schenkkan made two appearances on TNG as “Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick.” It is Schenkkan’s writing, however, which has earned him two Emmy nominations, both for co-writing a segment of the HBO mini-series The Pacific.
Abrams and Lindelof (with their Emmys for "Lost" in 2005) – their show was nominated for 12 Emmys for the final season
10 Trek vets nominated for Visual effects Emmys
In the visual effects categories, veteran Trek FX gurus Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, Kyle Toucher, Pierre Drolet, Derek Ledbetter, and Dave Morton were nominated for their work in an episode of Caprica. Hutzel and Drolet also received nominations for their work on the TV movie Virtuality.
In addition, John E. Sullivan and Jerry Pooler, who were both photographic effects cameramen on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, each received two nominations as VFX supervisors on The Pacific. Also receiving nominations were VOY/ENT vfx artist Chris Zapara for the pilot of V and DS9/VOY vfx cameraman Joshua Cushner for an episode of CSI.
Giacchino’s 4th Music Emmy Nomination
Star Trek (2009) composer Michael Giacchino adds another Emmy nomination (his fourth) to his name, this time for composing Lost‘s series finale. He previously won the Emmy for composing Lost‘s pilot episode, and was also nominated for the Lost episode “The Constant” and for composing a song in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. In the meantime, Trek fan and ENT cameo-maker Seth MacFarlane received an Emmy nod this year for writing the music and lyrics for the controversial song “Down’s Syndrome Girl,” as performed in the “Extra Large Medium” episode of his hit series, Family Guy.
- Veteran Star Trek casting director Junie Lowry Johnson and Trek casting assistant Libby Goldstein have been nominated in the Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series category for two HBO shows, True Blood and Big Love.
- Enterprise guest actor Tom Bergeron is again nominated for his hosting duties on Dancing with the Stars.
- DS9 set decorator Laura Richarz is up for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series for True Blood.
- Star Trek Nemesis hairstylist Toni-Ann Walker nabbed a nomination for her hairstyling on Castle.
- Trek makeup vets Debbie Zoller, Rebecca Alling, Steven Anderson, and David DeLeon are all up for their makeup work on Castle.
- Star Trek (2009) makeup artists Ron Pipes and Bonita DeHaven both nabbed nominations for an episode of Mad Men.
- Merritt Yohnka, a stuntman on Star Trek Generations, is nominated for coordinating the stunts of Chuck.
- Steven Mellon, a 2D vfx coordinator on Star Trek Nemesis, was nominated for his editing work on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
- Roger Nygard, the editor of the Trekkies documentaries, has been nominated for Outstanding Editing on a Comedy Series for Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Winners for those in the technical categories will be announced at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, August 21st. The winners for the main categories will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, August 29th starting at 8pm EST. Both events will be held at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, with the Primetime Emmy Awards being telecast on NBC.
More info and the full list of nominees available at emmys.tv.