Albertans working on U.S. and international series shot or posted in Canada earned a number of Emmy nominations. Calgary’s Jackie Lind is nominated for best casting perhaps due to the fact that the Alberta-shot FX series Fargo was nominated in all acting categories. Also nominated for work on the mini-series is Albertan Frank Laratta, for Outstanding Sound Editing in a mini-series. In all Fargo received 18 Emmy Award announced on July 10, 2014.
The mini-series was shot last November in High River, Strathmore, Balzac, Drumheller, Bragg Creek, Canmore and various locations in Calgary and produced by Calgary’s Nomadic Pictures.
We fought so hard to bring this to Alberta for us to produced here instead of Manitoba or Winnipeg,” said producer Chad Oakes, who heads up Nomadic Pictures along with Mike Frislev. “We’re very happy for this acknowledgement for all the Alberta and Calgary crew members.
The series finished its 10-episode run June 18, 2014 to strong ratings and critical acclaim and was nominated in most of the miniseries categories. In addition for the nomination as best miniseries, Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman were nominated for best actors in the series and Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman were nominated in supporting actor categories.
Fargo also was nominated in for best writing in a series, and Alberta-based directors from two episodes of the series are competing against each other in the best director category. The film is also up for best score and best cinematography (for which former Calgarian Matt Lloyd is nominated).
Other Albertans nominated for their work on Fargo include Mike Playfair for sound mixing and Gail Kennedy, Gunther Schetterer and Joanne Preece who share the nomination for best make-up. Frank Laratta, Jason Lawrence and Brent Planiden share the nomination for sound editing.
Laratta and Lawrence are also nominated for their work on Discovery’s Klondike, a Canadian coproduction for Discovery from Discovery U.S., another Nomadic Production shot in Alberta.
In all, Alberta actors, writers, producers and Alberta-shot productions received 19 Emmy Award nominations, 18 of them for Fargo. Not surprisingly, the producer announced at the TV Critics Association last week that that they plan to return to southern Alberta to shoot the second series from January to May 2015.
Ironically the series is not yet available on cable in Alberta but reports are that you can find it on iTunes.
The Emmy Awards will be broadcast on August 25, 2014. See more about the Emmy Award nominations at: www.emmys.com.