Emmy showdown for Best Score (Movie/Mini/Special): ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ ‘Bessie’ …

This year's race for Best Score (Movie/Mini/Special) pits three previous Emmy winners against a returning contender and a pair of first-time nominees. The six composers offer a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from cartoon princesses to legendary blues singers; from carnival side shows to the mysterious streets of France; from political thrillers to old fashioned love stories. Who will prevail at the Creative Arts Awards on Sept. 12? 

Three-time Emmy champ William Ross is contending in this category for the first time with his score for the telefilm“Away and Back.” He won his first three Emmy races: Music Direction for the 2007 Oscars and “Streisand: Live in Concert” (2009) and as co-writer of Hugh Jackman's opening number at the 2009 Oscars, which won Best Song. He contended for Musical Direction for both the 2011 and 2013 Oscars. 

After winning three Emmys for his work on the series “24,” Sean Callery is back for more with the rebooted limited series “24: Live Another Day.” It is the composer’s 14 nomination overall. He earned half a dozen bids in all for “24,” as well as nominations for Main Title Theme for “The Kennedys,” “Elementary,” and “Homeland,” and Sound Editing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” 

Kevin Kleisch took home a Daytime Emmy for his work on the animated series “Sofia the First” earlier this year and received his first Primetime nomination for the special episode “The Curse of Princess Ivy” (check out our exclusive audio interview).

Kevin Kliesch on Primetime Emmy bid for
Daytime Emmy winner 'Sofia the First' (Podcast)

Rachel Portman hopes to snag an Emmy for her work on the telefilm “Bessie” to go along with the Oscar she won for her score to “Emma” (1995). She has previously contended in this category for “Grey Gardens” (2009) and in Music Direction for “Great Performances: The Little Prince” (2005). 

Mac Quayle received his first nomination for his work on the latest installment of “American Horror Story,” the carnival-set “Freak Show.” 

Mac Quayle scared himself with his music for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' (Podcast)

Another first-time nominee, Dominik Scherrer, is competing for the limited series "The Missing."

Dominik Scherrer on 'thriller element' of 'The Missing' [Exclusive Video]

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