Those visual effects on "Black Sails" are so good that the TV academy honored the Starz period drama with an Emmy last year. The show's CGI effects have gotten even more impressive in its second season, which begs the question: can they go two-for-two in this category? This lavish production is a prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale "Treasure Island," set several decades earlier during the Golden Age of piracy.
Eligible TV academy members will be voting on the stunning visual effects in the Season 2 finale (episode XVIII) which pits Flint (Toby Stephens) against his nemesis Vane (Zach McGowan) once more. All of that action on the high seas makes for a non-stop hour. Emmy voting ends Aug. 28, with the Creative Arts ceremony slated for Sept. 12.
Rival Emmy nominees in this year's Best Special Visual Effects race are "The Flash" (episode "Grodd Lives"), "Game of Thrones" (episode "The Dance of Dragons"), "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." (episode "The Dirty Half Dozen") and "Vikings" (episode "To the Gates!").
"Black Sails" won this Emmy and Best Sound Editing last year. It's nominated in the latter again this year as well, so it could potentially double its haul for Starz. How many Emmys do YOU think it will win? Sound off at the bottom of this post and be sure to join the discussion in our TV forum.
Photo: 'Black Sails.' Credit: Starz/Everett Collection/REX