Multiple and repeat nominations abound in Emmy’s below-the-line noms, and while some were stunned, few took time off to celebrate.
Casting team Julie Tucker and Ross Meyerson got two noms, for Showtime’s “The Big C” and “Nurse Jackie.” Meyerson went online from Brooklyn to check the noms. “I scrolled and I saw ‘The Big C’ first, then you scroll further down and you see your name again, that’s utter disbelief.” He called Tucker, who was walking her dog in Jersey City. “I thought he was joking,” she said. The pair celebrated by “not eating lunch at our desks,” she said.
Having to compete against themselves is problematic, admitted Meyerson. “I’m very competitive with myself,” he deadpanned.
Foley artist James Bailey, a three-time winner, only learned of his two noms, for CBS’ “CSI: NY” and CW’s “Nikita,” when Variety tracked him down. “I was completely taken aback,” said Bailey. He last won an Emmy in 1999, he said, “so I’d really like to get a new one.” His fellow Foley artist Joseph Sabella, who was nommed for the same shows, was especially excited about the “Nikita” nom, the first for his company Sovereign Sound.
Key hairstylist Cyndra Dunn, nominated for both Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” said “I plugged in late because I worked late last night on ‘iCarly.’ I had four texts on my phone. So that was a great way to find out.”
Karin Fong was nominated twice, for the main title designs of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and AMC’s “Rubicon” along with producer/art director Cara McKenney. Fong found out when she walked into the offices of production company Imaginary Forces, where she and her team work, and the floor burst into applause.
“What’s kind of fun is they’re completely different sequences,” she said. “I think the case for each of these is having filmmakers who wanted a title sequence that becomes a metaphor for the entire show. That’s always a great creative challenge.”
Camera operator Hector Ramirez extended his record for most individual noms to 64 with four bids (including “Dancing With the Stars” and the Oscarcast). Not surprisingly, Ramirez couldn’t be reached for comment. He was working.