Emmy Crafts: Repeat Performances For 'Game of Thrones,' 'Deadliest Catch?'

'Game of Thrones' is vying for its fourth consecutive visual effects win.
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'Game of Thrones' VFX includes photoreal CG dragons.

Can Discovery Channel’s high seas adventure Deadliest Catch win five consecutive Emmys in both cinematography and editing? Will HBO's Boardwalk Empire make it five in a row for art direction? And will the dragons help HBO's Game of Thrones’ visual effects team extend its streak to four consecutive wins?

These are some of the questions that will be answered at this year’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, scheduled to be held on Sept. 12.

When the nominations were announced on Thursday, Emmy voters gave Game of Thrones a field-leading total of 24 nominations. That included one for visual effects — a category it has won for the last three consecutive years. It also included the craft areas of costume design, hair styling, prosthetic makeup, non-prosthetic makeup, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, plus two nominations in picture editing and four of the five of nominations in the cinematography (single camera series) category.

Also vying for a repeat performance at the Creative Arts Awards is Deadliest Catch. A year ago, it won its fourth consecutive Emmys in both editing and cinematography. It’s again nominated in these categories, as well as sound mixing. The series' re-recording mixer Bob Bronow has already won two Emmys for the series, and editor Josh Earl has four trophies.

For its fifth and final season, Boardwalk Empire could win a fifth consecutive Emmy for production design. This could mean a fourth trophy for production designer Bill Groom. Boardwalk Empire's also nominated in categories including cinematography, editing, hair styling, make up and sound editing — all categories in which the series has earned at least one Emmy in past years.

This year, the TV Academy also handed out select double nominations. Breaking Bad alum Kelley Dixon receive two nominations in single camera picture editing, one with co-editor Chris McCaleb, for Better Call Saul.

Meanwhile director of photography Gary Baum was nominated in cinematography for both Mike & Molly and The Millers. He has five prior nominations, three of which are for Mike & Molly.

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