×

HBO puts four on the floor

Lifetime's 'Georgia O'Keeffe' only exception

Directors looking for a fast track to an Emmy nomination were reminded this year that partnering with HBO is always a good idea.

The premium cable channel won four of the five nominations in the miniseries/movie/dramatic special directing category, with two nods going to episodes of the sprawling World War II miniseries “The Pacific.” HBO movies “Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack” also won nominations, with Lifetime’s “Georgia O’Keeffe” biopic filling out the category.

The recognition for the highly regarded “Pacific” was not surprising — unless you thought the 10-part miniseries would pick up even more nominations in the category. Voters went for episode eight, co-directed by David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa, and the Tim Van Patten-helmed episode nine, which focused on the dramatic battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, respectively.

Veteran director Barry Levinson returned to the Emmy ranks with “Jack,” a look at the life of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. Levinson has won four Emmys in his career, most recently for directing a 1993 episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Two other directors were rewarded for their biopics — Mick Jackson for his imaginatively visual work in portraying the life of autism advocate Grandin and Bob Balaban for his look at renowned artist O’Keeffe.

RELATED ARTICLES
Emmy breakthrough for newbie directors | Drama and comedy noms | Variety, music or comedy series noms | Nonfiction noms | Miniseries, movie noms

More TV

  • Who Died in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season

    How 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19' Approached Its Crossover Death Count

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Station 19″/”Grey’s Anatomy” crossover that aired Jan. 23. “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked off the start of their official combined universe with a two-hour block that began with the third season premiere of the former Shondaland series. In the episode entitled “I [...]

  • An IPad is used instead of

    Following Outrage, Discovery Networks Backs Down on Composer Ultimatum

    Discovery Networks, which last month unveiled a new business model that would have all but assured series composers a drastic income drop, has scuttled that plan in response to outrage expressed by the media music community. This means that the shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and other Discovery-owned platforms, will continue to [...]

  • THE GOOD PLACE -- "Patty" Episode

    'The Good Place' Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It's a 'Bummer'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Patty,” the penultimate episode of “The Good Place.” The titular good place on Mike Schur’s philosophical comedy “The Good Place” isn’t a literal place at all but instead a state of mind. Sure, after four seasons (50 episodes) the characters on the show did [...]

  • obi wan ewan mcgregor

    Obi-Wan Kenobi Series at Disney Plus Loses Writer, Seeks to Overhaul Scripts

    Pre-production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused TV series in the works at Disney Plus has been put on hold as the streamer and Lucasfilm look to overhaul early scripts and find new writers, sources tell Variety. Hossein Amini had been attached to write. The news follows recent talk that the entire series was being scrapped altogether. [...]

  • Zion Williamson

    Zion Williamson's Pelicans Debut Is a Ratings Slam Dunk

    With ratings in a slump so far this season, the NBA has needed someone to come off the bench and ball out. Cue the New Orleans Pelicans debut of Zion Williamson. The much-heralded number 1 pick from the 2019 draft had sat out the first 44 games of the Pelicans’ season with a knee injury, [...]

  • RuPauls Drag Race

    TV News Roundup: VH1 Announces 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 12 Contestants

    In today’s TV news roundup, VH1 revealed the contestants for the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the Oprah Winfrey Network renewed several of its unscripted series. CASTING VH1 revealed the 13 queens that will be competing on the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Aidenn Zhane, Bria, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, Gigi [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content