Emmys: How the Creative Arts Nominees Are Reacting

The Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out Sept. 9 and 10.
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The Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out Sept. 9 and 10 for cinematography, editing, production design, sound and many other areas. Here's what some of these nominees were saying Thursday, as the Emmy nominations were announced. 

Andrew Seklir, Westworld, outstanding single-camera picture editing for a drama series

"Westworld is one of the best creative and professional experiences I've had," says Seklir, citing the collaboration of "all of the editors and creative professionals on the show. [Showrunners] Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy made us feel like we were a family and creative collaborators. And they valued our input. It makes everyone do their best work and feel empowered to try new things. To have it culminate in a nomination — it's incredibly humbling and admitted fulfilling."

Skip MacDonald, Better Call Saul, double nominee, outstanding single-camera picture editing for a drama series

"It's amazing to get two nominations and to be part of show that gets so much recognition," writes MacDonald.

Seamus McGarvey, Black Mirror, outstanding cinematography for a limited series or movie

"I am over the moon to receive my first Emmy nomination for a project I am really proud to have photographed," says McGarvey. "It was such a great shoot in South Africa with Bryce Dallas Howard and my pal Joe Wright directing. I loved the energy and the speed of shooting for this film in the Black Mirror series. Thanks to Netflix for supporting us."

Ben Grossmann, Mission: ISS, outstanding original interactive program

"The whole team is doing very slow zero-gravity cartwheels right now!" says Grossmann, VR director on the virtual reality experience, which was produced by Oculus and his Magnopus. "We're really excited that the Television Academy has expanded their nominations to include VR through interactive media. This is a huge encouragement to all VR developers and a big reward for the little team who wanted to bring the whole world to space." (Grossmann is also an Oscar and Emmy-winning VFX pro).

Josh Earl, Deadliest Catch, double nominee, outstanding picture editing for an unstructured reality program (as supervising editor) and outstanding unstructured reality programming (as supervising producer)

"Oh man this is nuts! I started on Deadliest Catch in season 2 as an assistant editor. That was well over a decade ago, so getting a nomination for both series and editing is beyond crazy to me!" Earl writes.

Rupert Gregson-Williams, The Crown, outstanding music composition for a series

Citing the series' 13 nominations, he says, "I'm really thrilled for the team. Stephen Daldry just tried to call me! We are workin on the secion series now. I'll see them in a few hours. I’m sure we'll have a drink." It's been great to work with talent like Stephen Daldry, and I'm thankful that Peter Morgan entrusted me with his score."

Adriano Goldman, The Crown, outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy with my friends of The Crown," he says.

Ivana Primorac, The Crown, outstanding hairstyling for a single-camera series

"I am thrilled that a show which I loved so much and worked so hard at has been recognized,” says Primorac.

Martin Childs, The Crown, outstanding production design for a narrative period program

"It was a great pleasure to work on The Crown, to be inspired by Peter Morgan's words and Stephen Daldry's vision, indeed by all the directors," says Childs. "This nomination is a wonderful honor, not just for the nominees but for the whole art department, for their passion and commitment to such an exciting project."

Ben Turner, The Crown, outstanding special visual effects in a supporting role

"We are absolutely delighted with our Emmy nomination for our work on The Crown," Turner says. "It's fantastic to be recognized for the incredible work our team at One of Us put into the show. Especially when it is very much about producing invisible and seamless real life VFX which are historically accurate but also help to give the series the scale and ceremony which the subject calls for. We are completely thrilled to be recognized by The Academy."

Elmo Ponsdomenech and Todd Beckett, Silicon Valley, outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (half-hour)

"Silicon Valley is a hysterical show," says Ponsdomenech, who with Beckett are rerecording mixers at Sony Pictures Post Production Services. "It's quirky, smart and topical. Our job is to stay out of the way of the comedy and help the timing. … We're lucky to be on board with HBO. It's been a fun ride."

"We're a well-oiled machine," adds Beckett of the team. They share this nomination with production mixer Ben Patrick.

Matt Meech, Planet Earth II, outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program

"Truly honored and over the moon to be nominated! Excited for the whole team, too —  it's wonderful to have 10 nominations alongside so many amazing films this year," says Meech.

Pat Barnett, One Day at a Time, outstanding multicamera picture editing for a comedy series

"I am thrilled and very proud to be nominated for One Day at a Time, a show that has my heart!” says Barnett.

Nora Felder, Stranger Things, outstanding music supervision

"Wow! I feel like I just entered a parallel universe! Such fantastic news to be included in this historical Emmy first that acknowledges music supervisors as the music warriors that they are. Stranger Things is a huge phenomenon, and it's an honor to be a part of the casting process of one of the show's main characters: The Music!" Felder writes.

Graham Wild, Planet Earth II, outstanding sound mixing for nonfiction programming 

"This program was really special to work on," says Wild. "Right from our initial spotting session with director Freddie Devas, the whole sound team was excited about the possibilities. So many different soundscapes combined with so many different emotions. For me, starting with all those hundreds of separate tracks in the mix was like being given the best box of chocolates ever. I just had to choose carefully!"