One of the most vital aspects of any series is a recognizable motif, so the Main Title Theme category is of special note for Emmy enthusiasts. The award will be give out at the Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday, September 10th, with previous winners duking it out with first time nominees. Let’s take a look at the contenders and their individual awards histories:
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom may have missed out on a bid in Best Comedy Actress, yet she scored her second and third career nominations for writing the main title and one of the songs, “Settle for Me,” on this CW series. (She had competed last year as one of the producers on the short form animated series “Robot Chicken.”) Bloom shares both bids with Adam Schlesinger, a two-time Emmy champ for his original music and lyrics on the 65th and 66th Tony Awards. Schlesinger, an Oscar-nominee for penning the title tune to “That Thing You Do!” (1996), was also nominated by the TV academy for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” (2009), which won him a Grammy award. They are the only nominees for both theme and song this year; first time contender Jack Dolgen shares their song bid.
Sean Callery, a three-time Emmy winner for his score on “24” (2003, 2006, 2010), reaped his 15th career nomination for the Netflix series “Jessica Jones.” It’s his fourth time in this category, having competed for his themes to “Elementary” (2013), “Homeland” (2012), and “The Kennedys” (2011). He received five additional bids for “24” and was also recognized for its TV movie spinoffs “Redemption” (2008) and “Live Another Day” (2014). His first nomination came for his work as a sound editor on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993). (Click here to watch our exclusive interview)
Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante, best known as a member of the group Los Hermanos, dipped his toes into TV and snagged his first Emmy nomination for Netflix’s “Narcos.”
Victor Reyes made his English-language TV debut with AMC’s “The Night Manager” and netted Emmy nominations for both his main title and score. A prolific composer in his native Spain, where he has racked up four Goya nominations (including two for his first English-language film, “Buried”), Reyes is the only contender this year to compete in both the theme and underscore categories. (Click here to watch our exclusive interview)
Director Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run,” “Cloud Atlas”) scored his first Emmy bid for composing the theme on Netflix’s “Sense8,” for which he also helmed two episodes. He shares this nomination with frequent collaborator Johnny Klimek. They were nominated, alongside Reinhold Heil, at the Golden Globes for their score to “Cloud Atlas” (2012),
ABC’s “The Whispers” brought Robert Duncan his fourth career nomination, an first in this category. He previously contended for Composition for a Series for “Castle” (2009) and “Last Resort” (2013) and for Movie/Miniseries for “Missing” (2012). (Click here to watch our exclusive interview)
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