Barbra Streisand’s “Timeless” special for Fox television and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s HBO special “Live in New York City” each pulled down six nominations for the 2001 Emmy Awards, announced this morning (July 12) in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS).
Streisand herself earned a nomination for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program, while Marvin Hamlisch picked up a nod in the musical direction category for his work on the special. “Timeless” also earned nods for lighting direction, multi-camera editing, sound mixing, and technical direction.
Meanwhile, “Live in New York City” pulled in a nomination in the outstanding variety, music or comedy special field, as well as nods for direction, lighting direction, multi-camera editing, sound mixing, and technical direction.
“Ken Burns’ Jazz” (PBS) received five nominations, including outstanding non-fiction series, and HBO’s “For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story” earned a total of four nods, including outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special for Sandoval himself. Executive producers Andy Garcia and Jellybean Benitez share the miniseries’ nomination for outstanding made for television show, while Garcia is also up for an outstanding lead actor award.
PBS’ “American Dream: Andrea Bocelli’s Statue Of Liberty Concert” and “Charlotte Church: Live from Jerusalem” were each nominated for outstanding classical music-dance program. The publicly funded network — which received a total of 16 nominations — dominated the category, also garnering nods for “Jazz at Lincoln Center: Armstrong – When the Saints Go Marching In (Live from Lincoln Center),” “La Traviata From Paris (Great Performances)” (also an outstanding sound mixing nominee), and “The Three Tenors Christmas.”
Dedicated music cable outlets MTV and VH1 were not left out of the mix, either. The Cat Stevens episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music” series pulled in an outstanding non-fiction series nod, while the “John Lennon: The Last Years” episode grabbed a sound mixing nomination. VH1 also received an outstanding non-fiction program (special class) nomination for its “Bands on the Run” series, and another in sound mixing for its co-production of ABC’s “The Beatles Revolution” program.
MTV Productions’ “Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show” for Viacom sister network CBS earned a technical direction nod.
Among the other notable music-related nominations is an outstanding main title theme music nod for Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Al Green as composers of the theme for HBO’s “Soul Food”; multi-camera editing nominations for “Elton John: One Night Only – Greatest Hits Live” (CBS) and “Hendrix” (Showtime); and an outstanding technical direction, camerawork, video nomination for the Christopher Walken-hosted episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” on which the musical guest was Geffen/Interscope act Weezer.
But in all of the 83 categories, the outstanding music and lyrics field yields what is perhaps the most intriguing nomination of all. Comedian Robert Klein will vie for the honor for his song “Colonoscopy,” from his HBO special “Robert Klein: Child in His 50’s.”
Leading all of the Emmy nominations is HBO mob drama “The Sopranos” — on which E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt plays mobster Silvio Dante — with 22 nods. HBO leads all other networks with 94 nominations; NBC is a distant second with 76.
Ellen DeGeneres, whose HBO special “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” received two nominations, will host the 53rd annual Emmy Awards ceremonies, which will take place Sept. 16 at ATAS’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif., and will be broadcast live on CBS.
To view the full list of Emmy nominees, visit ATAS’ official Web site.