The 64th primetime Emmy award nominations were announced late last week, and as is the norm these days, Hollywood East is well-represented. With both former and current residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut in particular racking up a ton of nominations—a lucky few even accumulating multiple nods, spanning categories both in front of and behind the camera.
Newton native Louis C.K. heard his name a few times the morning of the announcements, as he earned himself nominations in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Likewise, Burlington’s Amy Poehler was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role on “Parks And Recreation” on NBC, and will compete against her fellow statesman in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category.
In the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series category, Elizabeth Banks was nominated for her role as Avery Jessup on “30 Rock.” Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Canadian born actor but current Connecticut resident Michael J. Fox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series on CBS’s “The Good Wife.”
Greenwich, Connecticut born Glenn Close was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category for her role on “Damages” as Patty Hewes.
Boston born Uma Thurman was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her musical turn as Rebecca Duvall on the NBC series “Smash.”
The awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and air live on Sunday, September 23 on ABC.
The 69th annual Golden Globe nominations were announced recently and there’s a slew of Hollywood East connections!
Movies that were filmed in the area in whole or part racked up nods in major categories. Moneyball, which filmed scenes at Fenway Park, received nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and Best Screenplay (Motion Picture).
We Need to Talk about Kevin, which was filmed in part in Connecticut, was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), for Tilda Swinton’s stirring performance.
On the television side of things, stars that originate from the area were also nominated in a handful of categories. Burlington, MA native Amy Poehler was nominated for her role on “Parks and Recreation” in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical) category.
Newton’s own Matt LeBlanc was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical), for his role on “Episodes”.
Dig a little deeper, and you can find even more New England connections to some of the nominated stars. Well-respected actress Glenn Close made her first forays into the acting world as a student at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. Perennial favorite “Glee” was nominated once again in the Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical) category, and is helmed in part by co-creator and Newton native, Brad Falchuk. We even got the chance to speak to the director of Beginners at a special advance screening this summer in downtown Boston. The universally lauded Christopher Plummer finds himself with one nomination for his performance in the film in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
The 69th annual Golden Globes will air January 15th on NBC.
Early Thursday morning, the nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards were announced in California, and Hollywood East was left far from being out of the running. A number of TV shows and actors with connections to the New England area were nominated this year.
In the Outstanding Comedy category, “Glee” was nominated. The series is helmed by Newton, Massachusetts bred creator, Brad Falchuk. In the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category, Glenn Close, from TNT’s “Damages”, was nominated. The critically acclaimed actress was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and first cultivated her acting chops at Choate Rosemary Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut.
For Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, Burlington, Massachusetts native Amy Poehler was nominated for her hilarious role in “Parks and Recreation”. Another Massachusetts resident, Steve Carell, was nominated for his role in “The Office”. Carell just recently announced he’ll be leaving the hit comedy on NBC after season 7.
In the Outstanding Reality Show (Competition) category, “American Idol”, “Project Runway”, and “Top Chef” have all been nominated, which have all featured contestants from New England this past season.
Double nominee Jane Lynch, up for Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category for “Glee” and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her guest stint on “Two and a Half Men”, recently celebrated her marriage to her partner in a ceremony in Massachusetts.
The Paul Mellon Arts Center in the suburban Connecticut town of Wallingford is part of the Choate Rosemary Hall high school campus. As one of the most prestigious private high schools in the country, the arts center serves as a cultural centerpiece for the school as the host of countless plays, art shows, musical performances, lectures, and other gatherings. A number of famous actors and other celebrities at one time graced Choate’s hallowed halls, including; Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rebecca Miller, and Ivanka Trump, participating in many of these events during their enrollment, and all of them landing in the school’s hall of fame.
The building, named for a former student, was designed by the great architect I. M. Pei, who among his other notable achievements, also designed the John F. Kennedy Museum in Quincy. Kennedy was also, at one time, a student at Choate.
The school itself has garnered its own part of the Hollywood spotlight, earning shout outs and references on shows like “MASH”, “The West Wing”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”,and even “Family Guy”, whose creator, Connecticut native Seth MacFarlane is a graduate of rival prep school Kent. In 2008, the Choate campus was featured in the Martin Lawrence flick College Road Trip, which costarred Raven Symone as his frustrated daughter in search of the perfect post high school educational destination.
The Arts Center draws both alumni and internationally renowned musicians and other performers on a regular basis for concerts, and their dramatic presentations feature a variety of genres of theater. For more information on performances at the Paul Mellon Arts Center in Wallingford, Connecticut, check out their website here.
Hollywood East is often associated with descriptions like “on the brink” or “up-and-coming.” And while a great deal of the entertainment industry here in New England is indeed still developing, much of the talent that emerges from these northeastern states is hardly juvenile. Just take a look at New England’s representation in the pool of Primetime Emmy Award nominees:
Steve Carell (Concord, MA) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Michael Scott in NBC’s “The Office.” Sarah Silverman (Bedford, NH) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her self-portrayal in Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” And Glenn Close (Greenwich, CT) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Patty Hewes on FX Network’s “Damages.”
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm on CBS. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the show at L.A.’s NOKIA Theatre. Despite original plans to time shift the presentation of some awards, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences confirmed in an official statement on August 12 that the presentation of all 28 awards will be live during the telecast.
See the video below for the complete Primetime Emmy nomination announcements, which aired on July 16.
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