Nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Stargate Universe has made the cut.
The show was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for the Season Two episode “Awakening.” In addition to Destiny’s encounter with an Ancient seed ship, the episode introduced the fully realized CG (computer-generated) alien race, which the crew would later learn are called the Ursini.
Competition in the category this year includes Boardwalk Empire (“Pilot”), The Borgias (“The Poisoned Chalice” / “The Assassin”), The Walking Dead (“Days Gone Bye”), and Game of Thrones (“Fire And Blood”).
Congratulations to visual effects supervisor Mark Savela and his team, including: Krista McLean (Digital Effects Supervisor), Craig VandenBiggelaar (Digital Effects Supervisor), Adam de Bosch Kemper (Lead Animator), Erica Henderson (Lead Compositor), Michael Lowes (Lead 3D Artists), Wes Sargent (Key 3D Artist), Luke Vallee (Key Visual Effects Compositor), Kodie MacKenzie (Key Visual Effects Compositor), and all the other unsung heroes behind SGU‘s visuals.
Stargate SG-1‘s Beau Bridges (“Hank Landry”) also adds another Emmy nomination to his resume this year, for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for the role of Nick Brody in Brothers & Sisters.
In other sci-fi and fantasy news, HBO’s acclaimed new show Game of Thrones garnered 13 nominations, including Best Drama and a Best Supporting Actor nom for Peter Dinklage (“Tyrion Lannister”). Vampire drama True Blood earned four nods, including a guest actress nomination for Alfre Woodard. AMC’s breakout zombie hit The Walking Dead picked up three nominations, including visual effects, prosthetic makeup, and sound editing. Camelot picked up one for its main title music, and NBC’s short-lived The Cape earned a nod for prosthetic makeup.
Winners of this year’s Emmys will be announced in a primetime telecast September 18 on FOX.