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July 8, 2010
Emmy Music Nominations Announced
Both new and familiar noms fill categories with a broad range of musical styles by Jon Burlingame

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—It's a wide-open race for music Emmys this year, with many first-time nominees in all five categories for composers and songwriters whose work appeared during the 2009-2010 season. Nominations were announced this morning by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) received his first Emmy nomination as co-composer of the HBO miniseries The Pacific; his co-writers have been to the ceremony before, Geoff Zanelli having won in 2006 for Into the West and Blake Neely having been nominated in 2003 for his Everwood theme.

Fellow Oscar winner Randy Newman could walk away with his third Emmy for his song in the final episode of USA's Monk. He previously won in 2004 for his Monk theme and in 1991 for a song from the pilot of Cop Rock.

Other past winners who could repeat include Michael Giacchino, who won in 2005 for Lost and could win again for the Lost finale; Sean P. Callery, who has notched his ninth nomination for 24 and has won twice (in 2003 and 2006); Jeff Beal, a contender for Lifetime's Georgia O'Keeffe telefilm and who has won three Emmys (for Monk, Nightmares & Dreamscapes and The Company); and Lawrence Shragge, a 2001 winner for Haven who could repeat with the Hallmark Hall of Fame film When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.

Marc Shaiman is up in two categories this year, for music direction for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and as a writer on the same show. A three-time nominee prior to this year, he won in 1992 as a writer on the Oscars. David Foster, a 2003 winner in the song category, is nominated this year for music direction on the PBS special, Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas, for Great Performances.

Previous Emmy winners in the song category who might repeat in 2010 include Family Guy composer/lyricist team Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane; and the Saturday Night Live team of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, for the "Shy Ronnie" number on SNL's Blake Lively episode.

Daytime Emmy winners Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter (Batman Beyond) could nab a prime-time Emmy for their Batman: The Brave & the Bold musical "Mayhem of the Music Meister," nominated in the series-dramatic score category. Co-nominees are their lyricists Michael Jelenic and James Tucker.

Among the many first-time nominees are Bear McCreary, whose much-discussed work on Battlestar Galactica was never nominated but whose theme for Human Target was acknowledged this year; and veteran TV composers Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Crossing Jordan, Heroes) were finally nominated for their theme for Showtime's Nurse Jackie. The complete list of music nominees follows:

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Batman: The Brave And The Bold episode "Mayhem Of The Music Meister" – Music By Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter, Michael Jelenic and James Tucker
  • FlashForward episode "No More Good Days" – Music by Ramin Djawadi
  • Lost episode "The End" – Michael Giacchino, Composer
  • Psych episode "Mr. Yin Presents" – Music by Adam Cohen and John Robert Wood
  • 24 episode "3:00 PM - 4:00 PM" – Music by Sean P. Callery
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
(Original Dramatic Score)
  • Blessed Is The Match – Music by Todd Boekelheide
  • Georgia O'Keeffe – Music by Jeff Beal
  • The Pacific, Part Ten – Music by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer
  • Temple Grandin – Music by Alex Wurman
  • When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) – Music by Lawrence Shragge
  • You Don't Know Jack – Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Outstanding Music Direction
  • 82nd Annual Academy Awards – Marc Shaiman, Music Director
  • Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas (Great Performances) – David Foster, Music Director
  • Celtic Woman: Songs From The Heart – David Downes, Music Director
  • In Performance At The White House: Fiesta Latina – Sheila E., Music Director
  • The Kennedy Center Honors – Rob Mathes, Music Director; Rob Berman, Music Director
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony – Dave Pierce, Music Director
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
  • Family Guy episode "Extra Large Medium": Song title "Down's Syndrome Girl" – Music by Walter Murphy, Music and Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
  • How I Met Your Mother episode "Girls Vs. Suits": Song title "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit" – Music and Lyrics by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
  • Monk episode "Mr. Monk And The End Part II": Song title "When I'm Gone" – Randy Newman, Composer
  • Rescue Me episode "Disease": Song title "How Lovely To Be A Vegetable" – Music and Lyrics by Peter Tolan, Music by Brad Hatfield
  • Saturday Night Live episode "Host: Blake Lively": Song title "Shy Ronnie" – Music by Aleric Banks; Lyrics by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
  • Treme episode "I'll Fly Away": Song title "This City" – Steve Earle, Composer/Lyricist
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • Human Target – Music by Bear McCreary
  • Justified – Music by Oscar Owens and Jason Keaton
  • The Legend of the Seeker – Music by Joseph LoDuca*
  • Nurse Jackie – Music by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
  • Warehouse 13 – Music by Edward Rogers
*(Replaces Parks and Recreation, whose theme was disqualified as ineligible shortly after the nominations were announced.)

©2010 Jon Burlingame
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