CalArtians Among Primetime Emmy Nominations

Aug. 5 update: We’ve updated the post to reflect several more CalArtians nominated for Emmys this year. New additions in bold. Good luck to all our alumni!

Nominations for the 67th Emmy® Awards were announced today (July 16) by the Television Academy in West Hollywood, Calif., with several CalArtians earning accolades from their peers.

Don Cheadle (Theater BFA 86) earned his fourth nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his portrayal of Marty Kaan in Showtime’s House of Lies. The nomination is Cheadle’s eighth overall.

John Debney (Music BFA 78) marked his sixth Emmy nomination with a nod for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for the History Channel’s show Texas Rising. He’s won three Emmys thus far.

Robert Barnhart (Theater BFA 87) received three nominations for his lighting design, two in the same category, marking 32 nominations (and seven wins so far). For Outstanding Lighting Design | Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Barnhart was nominated for The Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry and for The Oscars. 

Gloria Lamb (Theatre BFA 05) was nominated for The Oscars for Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming for her work as Art Director on the show. She was nominated for—and won—the award last year for the Oscar telecast.

Barnhart was also nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design | Lighting Direction For A Variety Series for the “Season 11 Finale” for the Fox series So You Think You Can Dance. He competes in the same category with fellow CalArtian Daniel Boland (Theater BFA 95), who was nominated—along with Johnny Bradley (Theater BFA 07) as Media Server Operator—for The Voice’s “Episode 818A.”

Another dual nominee is Foley Artist Gregg Barbanell, who was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series for The Walking Dead as well as Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special for ABC’s American Crime. The nominations mark his eighth and ninth, respectively. He already has one Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming for the Discovery Channel’s Dinosaur Planet (2004).

In the Animation categories, Over the Garden Wall, created by Patrick McHale (Film/Video BFA 06), was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program. In the Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, three out of the six nominees were created by CalArtians:

  • Adventure Time, created by Pen Ward (Film/Video BFA 05), was nominated for its “Jake The Brick” episode.
  • Regular Show, created by JG Quintel (Film/Video BFA 05), earned a nomination for “White Elephant Gift Exchange.”
  • Wander Over Yonder, by Craig McCracken (Film/Video 92), was nominated for “The Gift 2: The Giftening.”

For a full list of nominations, visit The Emmy Awards airs live Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on FOX from the Microsoft Theater (formerly the Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live.

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