If there’s an award show, chances are Robert Lopez is on the guest list. He recently became the youngest person to win the EGOT, with three Tonys (for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon“), three Grammys (for “The Book of Mormon” and “Frozen“), two Daytime Emmys (for “Wonder Pets”) and one Oscar (for the song “Let It Go” from Frozen”). He has yet to win a Primetime Emmy, but he has two chances this year: he’s a double nominee for Best Music and Lyrics.
He and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with whom he won the Oscar for “Let it Go,” are both nominated for writing “Kiss an Old Man” from the FX series “The Comedians” as well as “Moving Pictures” from this year’s Oscar telecast. These are the first Primetime Emmy noms for Kristen, but Robert earned a bid in 2007 for the song “Everything Comes Down to Poo” from the musical episode of “Scrubs.” He lost that race to “Dick in a Box” from “Saturday Night Live.”
Walter Murray and Mike Reiss are in contention for their song “You Gotta Believe” from NBC’s animated holiday special “How Murray Saved Christmas.” This is Murray’s fifth Emmy bid for music; he previously won this category in 2002 for “You’ve Got a Lot to See” from “Family Guy.” This is Reiss’s first nomination for music, but he previously won four Emmys for Best Animated Program for “The Simpsons” (1990, 1991, 1995 and 2001).
Kyle Dunnigan is a writer and recurring actor in the Comedy Central sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer.” He’s nominated for “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup” along with co-songwriter Jim Roach. This is Roach’s first Emmy bid. Dunnigan is nominated for the second year in a row for Best Variety Series Writing as well.
The FX biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” is represented in this race for a second year running, this time for “Come Join the Murder” from the series finale episode, “Papa’s Goods.” Kurt Sutter, who also created and executive produced the series, co-wrote the tune with Bob Thiele and Jake Smith. This is the first nomination for Smith, but Sutter and Thiele were previously nominated for “Day is Gone” last year (it lost to “Bigger!” from the Tony Awards telecast) and for the “Sons” main title theme music in 2009 (losing to John Williams for “Great Performances”).
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Photo: Darren Criss. Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX
Photo: Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez at Oscars. Credit: David Fisher/REX