‘Narcos’ Emmy submissions: Will Pablo Escobar rise from the dead at the Emmys?

Will “Narcos” have an Emmy breakthrough in its second season? The Netflix crime drama tells the true story of famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) — or at least, it did tell the true story of Pablo Escobar. In season two, which premiered on the streaming service in September 2016, the crime thriller killed off its lead character. That was consistent with the true story of Escobar, who died during a shootout at age 44 under disputed circumstances. But it’s also a dramatic shift for the series, which Netflix renewed for two more seasons.

“Narcos” earned a trio of Emmy nominations for its first season: Best Main Title Design, Best Main Title Theme Music and Best Picture Editing. But that could be seen as under-performing given its first-year success at the Golden Globes, where it was nominated for Best TV Drama Series and Best TV Drama Actor (Moura), and the Writers Guild Awards, where it contended for Best Episodic Drama for the episode “Explosivos.” But sometimes it takes Emmy voters an extra year or two — or three if you’re “The Americans” — to catch on to a show. So we could see an increase in its nominations, especially following the dramatic events of season two.

In his farewell season Moura is the only lead actor put forward by the series. And that deadly season finale, “Al Fin Cayo!,” has been entered for Best Drama Writing and Best Picture Editing, where the show already earned a nom last year. “Narcos” also picked up a music nomination last year, but ballots are not available for music categories, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here).

Check out the complete list of “Narcos” Emmy submissions below:

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Best Drama Series

Best Drama Actor
Wagner Moura

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Maurice Compte
Boyd Holbrook
Eric Lange
Pedro Pascal

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Paulina Gaitan

Best Drama Directing
“Deutschland 93”
“The Good, the Bad, and the Dead”

Best Drama Writing
“Al Fin Cayo!”
“Nuestra Finca”

Best Casting (Drama)

Best Cinematography (Single-Camera Series, One Hour)
“The Good, the Bad, and the Dead”
“Los Pepes”

Best Costumes (Period/Fantasy)
“Cambalache”

Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama Series)
“Al Fin Cayo!”

Best Production Design (Narrative, Period)
“Los Pepes”

Best Sound Editing (Series)
“The Good, the Bad, and the Dead”

Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series)
“Los Pepes”

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