The Oscars Broadcast Picks Up Eight Emmy Noms

Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars - H 2015
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The most recent Academy Awards broadcast got a lot of Emmy love, but will still need to defeat perennial winner The Tonys if it wants to take home a statuette.

The 87th Academy Awards got a lot of love when the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday.

The Academy’s most recent awards show, which aired Feb. 22 on ABC, and which now bills itself as simply The Oscars, was nominated for eight Emmys, beginning with Outstanding Special Class Program. That number didn’t represent a record for an Academy Awards show; that honor belongs to the 2009 telecast, hosted by Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin, which pulled in 12 Emmy nominations. But it did give the Oscar show bragging rights, since it pulled ahead of the 68th annual Tony Awards on CBS, which picked up three noms, and the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC, which earned two.

In edition to its special class program nom, The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, collected nominations for Hamish Hamilton’s direction as well as production design, lighting design, music direction, sound mixing, technical direction and original music and lyrics.

The songwriting husband-and-wife team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Oscar winners for their work on Frozen, earned the original music and lyrics citation for "Moving Pictures," the song they wrote that opened the Oscar broadcast. But they’ll be competing against themselves at the Emmys since they earned a second nom in the same category for "Kiss an Old Man," a tune they wrote for FX’s The Comedians.

The Academy greeted the news by tweeting, "Thanks to all the talented people who helped us earn 8 #Emmys nominations for the Oscars telecast!," followed by, "And a special congrats to @craigzadan @neil meron and @Actually NPH on the #Emmys noms!"

Besides its special class program nom, the most recent Globes broadcast, which was held Jan. 15 and was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, also picked up a nom for outstanding writing for a variety special, with Fey, Poehler and Seth Meyers among the writers cited.

The Tony Awards — the particular show in question was the June 8, 2014 broadcast, hosted by Hugh Jackman — collected its nominations in the categories of special class program, directing and technical direction.

At this year’s Emmy Awards, the Oscars, Globes and Tonys will face off against two other nominees in the special program category, HBO’s Beyonce and Jay Z on the Run and PBS’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

But the folks behind the Oscar broadcast may not want to invest much time in preparing an acceptance speech: For the past five consecutive years, The Tonys broadcast has won the category.