“Black Sails” may have flown under the radar for Best Drama Series at the Emmys, but the TV academy has nevertheless taken notice of the Starz high-seas drama, a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson‘s “Treasure Island.” It won twice last year, for Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Main Title Theme Music and Best Main Title Design. This year it returns to the Sound Editing field and graduates to the main Visual Effects contest. Will it take home two Emmys again?
This lavish production offers a plethora of epic ship sounds, loud gun battles and swashbuckling sword fights in every episode, so it’s no wonder the show was the TV academy’s favorite for Best Sound Editing last year. This year voters were judging the sound in the season-two finale (episode “XVIII”), which pits Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) against his nemesis Vane (Zach McGowan) once more.
Rival Emmy nominees in this year’s Sound Editing contest are “Boardwalk Empire” (episode “The Good Listener”), “Game of Thrones” (episode “Hardhome“), “Gotham” (episode “All Happy Families Are Alike”), “Daredevil” (episode “Speak Of The Devil”) and “The Walking Dead” (episode “Conquer”).
“Black Sails” prevailed in the Supporting Visual Effects category last year. This year it competes in the main contest for Best Visual Effects. It also entered the season-two finale for consideration here and faces three-time defending champ “Game of Thrones” (episode “The Dance of Dragons“), as well as “The Flash” (episode “Grodd Lives”), “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (episode “The Dirty Half Dozen”) and “Vikings” (episode “To the Gates!”).
Do you think the swashbuckling drama’s impressive production values will prevail again?
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Photo: “Black Sails” poster Credit:Starz