Emmy battle for Best Score (Series): ‘Outlander,’ ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Tyrant’ …

This year’s race for Best Score (Series) pits three previous Emmy winners against a trio of first-time nominees. Their works cover a wide variety of genres and styles: from the horrors of Victorian England to the horrors of the White House; from the highlands of Scotland to the deserts of the Middle East; and from a kitchen in Bueno Aires to a shop in London. Who will prevail at the Creative Arts Awards on Sept. 12? 

Bear McCreary contends for for “Outlander.” He won in 2013 for his Main Title Theme for “DaVinci’s Demons,” and has competed twice more in that category with “Human Target” (2010) and “Black Sails” (2014). 

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Jeff Beal reaped his third consecutive bid in this category for “House of Cards.” While he has yet to win this race, he has three Emmys from his 13 nominations in all: Main Title Theme for “Monk” (2003) and Best Score (Miniseries/Movie/Special) twice — “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Steven King” (2006) and “The Company” (2007). He is also nominated this year for Main Title Theme for “The Dovekeepers.” He contended in that category for the first season of “House of Cards” in 2013. His other seven nominations were for his work on “Rome” (once for Main Title Theme Music, twice for Score); once for the score of the series“Carnivale,” and for his scores to the telefilms “The Water is Wide” (2006), “Loving Leah” (2009), and “”Georgia O’Keefe” (2009) 

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Kevin Spacey as inspiration (Exclusive Video)

Maurizio Malignini is a first-time nominee for “The Paradise,” a BBC series which aired on PBS. The show, set in the 1870s, centered on the staff and customers of an English department store.

Abel Korzeniowski reaped his first two Emmy bids ever for his score and theme music to the horror series “Penny Dreadful.” Two of his film scores — “A Single Man” (2009) and “W.E.” (2011) — contended at the Golden Globes. 

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Duncan Thum is a first-time nominee for Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” a documentary series that takes viewers inside the kitchens of some of the worlds most renowned chefs. Thum submitted the episode centering of Francis Mallmann, an Argentinian chef who utilizes traditional Patagonian fire and earth cooking techniques to create his signature dishes.

Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna are nominated twice this year for their work on “Tyrant,” both here and for the title theme. They were nominated in 2011 for composing the Main Title Theme for “Camelot.” As a solo composer, Mychael won an Oscar for his “Life of Pi” score in 2012 and Emmy the following year for his work on the miniseries “World Without End.”  

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dish friendly sibling rivalry [Video]

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