Canadians abound on Primetime Emmys nomination list

Pictured: Canadian actor Thomas Middleditch of HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Pop Goes The News — More than 60 Canadians received nominations Thursday for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards — an impressive accomplishment largely overlooked by the Canadian media.

Nominees include people working in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal as well as talent from places like Weyburn, SK, Thunder Bay, ON, and Bridgewater, NS.

Also mentioned nowhere was the fact that the Canadian landscape itself is well represented at this year’s Emmys. The Alberta-shot series Fargo picked up 18 nominations, putting it behind only Game of Thrones and The People v. O.J. Simpson.

There were nods for made-in-B.C. shows Bates Motel and The Man in the High Castle as well as Ontario-shot series Hannibal and mini-series 11.22.63.

Vikings, a Canadian co-production, earned a number of Emmy nominations.

The Emmys will be handed out at various ceremonies leading up to the televised gala hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sept. 18.

Here is a look at the Canadian talent in the running:

In the acting categories, Regina-born Tatiana Maslany was recognized for her work on the Toronto-shot series Orphan Black. Also nominated were B.C. natives Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Molly Parker (House of Cards), and Edmonton-born Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife).

Shane Smith, the Ottawa-born co-founder of Vice Media, got three nominations for his role as executive producer of Vice shows. Halifax native Ellen Page is nominated as an executive producer of her Vice series Gaycation.

Writing nominations went to Toronto’s Samantha Bee (Full Frontal) and Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live).

Toronto-born Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter scored an Emmy nod as executive producer of the HBO doc Everything Is Copy.

Former Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer, who hails from Thunder Bay, is up in the Music Direction category for A Very Murray Christmas.

Montreal-based Elisabeth Williams and Vancouver’s Shirley Inget are nominated for Production Design on Fargo. Casting director Jackie Lind (a native of Saskatchewan who works in Vancouver) got a nod along with her Toronto counterpart Stephanie Gorin.

Nominations for makeup and hairstyling on Fargo went to Calgary’s Gail Kennedy, Joanne Preece, Gunther Schetterer, Danielle Hanson, Chris Glimsdale, Judy Durbacz, Penny Thompson, Cindy Ferguson and Tracy Murray.

Sound category nominees from Canada include Fargo’s Robert Bertola, Joe Bracciale, Paul Shikata, Martin Lee, Kirk Lynds, and Michael Playfair.

John Bartley — a New Zealander who calls Canada home — got a nomination as director of photography on Bates Motel. Nova Scotia’s Paula Fairfield earned another Emmy nod for sound editing work on Game of Thrones, the series that got Matthew Rouleau of Montreal’s Rodeo FX nominated.

In fact, Canadian talent really shines in the visual effects categories. Curt Miller and Terry Hutcheson are among the nominees for their work on The Man in the High Castle.

Also up for an Emmy is the Canadian team behind Vikings: Dominic Remane, Bill Halliday, Michael Borrett, Paul Wishart, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kieran McKay, Jeremy Dineen, and Tom Morrison.

The visual effects for Hannibal earned a nod for homegrown artists Anthony Paterson, Robert Crowther, Thomas Placket, Jay Stanners, Rob Tasker, Terence Krueger, and John Coldrick.

Among those on the 11.22.63 visual effects crew to get nominated are Canadians Winson Lee, Rob Del Ciancio, Rob Greb, and Dominic Cheung.

The Toronto-based VFX team of James Cooper, Bill Halliday, Sarah McMurdo, Mai-Ling Lee, Greg Astles, Ricardo Gomez, Matt Ralph, Alexandre Scott, and Kyle Yoneda earned nods for Penny Dreadful.

There are also Canucks in the sound categories. Vikings earned Emmy nominations for Toronto-based Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Dale Sheldrake, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Yuri Gorbachow, Andy Malcolm, and Goro Koyama.

There will be an impressive collection of 2016 Emmy nominees in Montreal this month.

Aziz Ansari, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Louie Anderson, Tony Hale, David Mandel, John Mulaney, Alec Berg and Mike Judge are all scheduled to appear at Just For Laughs.