Emmys: Queen Elizabeth II coronation (‘The Crown’) vs. 1963 Oscars (‘Feud: Bette and Joan’) for Best Production Design

At the Creative Art Emmys a serious battle is brewing for Best Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More). As this catch-all category includes both drama and limited series two high profile programs are pitted against each other: Netflix’s new drama “The Crown” FX’s one-off “Feud: Bette vs. Joan.”

“Feud” contends for all eight episodes but the highlight has to be the fifth installment: “And the Winner Is… (The Oscars of 1963)” The three nominees — Judy Becker, Jamie McCall and Florencia Martin — crafted a visual tribute to the golden age of Hollywood. Becker contended at the Oscars for recreating the look of the 1970s in “America Hustle” while McCall and Martin are first-time Emmy nominees who previously collaborated on “House” and “Parks and Recreation.”

The Crown” crew (Martin Childs, Mark Raggett and Celia Bobak) submitted “Smoke and Mirrors,” the fifth episode of season one, that chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy). Childs won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) while Bobak a past two-time Oscar nominee (“The Phantom of the Opera, 2004” and “The Martian,” 2015). And rounding out the team was Raggett whose worked on “Closer” (2004) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011).

At the Production Design Awards held at the beginning of the year, “The Crown” was nominated for Best Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series but lost to “Westworld.” That sci-fi series contends in a different category at the Emmys.

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