68th Annual Emmy Goldrush

Insurgents mix with superstars on the main stage

Diane Warren and her 2016 Emmy for Best Song

Music producer Bonnie Greenberg, Diane Warren, and “The Hunting Ground” executive producers Anne O’Shea and Julie Smolyansky celebrate the win for Warren’s song “‘Til It Happens To You” at the 2016 Emmy Creative Arts Ball. (Photo: Invision/AP)

First time proved a charm for Emmy debutante Diane Warren, who took home the gold statuette for Original Music for the haunting “‘Til It Happens To You,” performed by Lady Gaga for the CNN college rape special “The Hunting Ground.” Warren, a prolific songwriter, has received eight Academy Award nominations but has yet to carry off a statuette.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards honored music talent in five categories. Victor Reyes surely went home a happy man, beating heavyweights like James Newton Howard, Jeff Russo and Jeff Beal to triumph with his noirish scoring for “The Night Manager,” a limited series based on John LeCarre’s novel.

Likewise, first-time Emmy winner Mac Quayle and his moody “Mr. Robot” score bested veteran Sean Callery in the Drama Score category, but Callery was not down for the count — claiming top honors for his “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” theme. (The only other multiple-nominees were Rachel Bloom and  Adam Schlesinger of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). Quayle was nominated last year for “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

Composer Victor Reyes wins an Emmy for his "Night Manager" theme

A good “Night” for composer Victor Reyes. (Photo: Invision/AP)

Rounding out the winner’s circle, Danny Elfman pulled rank among music directors with his “Live From Lincoln Center” special, “Music From The Films Of Tim Burton.”

A broad swathe of agencies represented the talent pool, top among them Fortress, Gorfaine/Schwartz and Kraft-Engel, each amassing four noms and one win. CAA and WME/Endeavor each saw clients collecting three noms.

The biggest category, however, seemed to be “unrepresented,” with five, including Warren — who appears to negotiate her deals as CEO of her own company, Realsongs — and Timbaland protege Jim Beanz, recognized for his “Good People” song from “Empire.”

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL – 2016 (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
WINNER: “The Night Manager,” “Episode 2” (AMC) Music by Victor Reyes (first win/2 noms)

  • “All The Way” (HBO) Music by James Newton Howard (3 noms)
  • “Descendants (Disney Channel) Music by David Lawrence (first nom)
  • “Fargo,” episode: “Loplop” (FX Networks) Music by Jeff Russo (2 noms)
  • “Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise” (Hallmark Channel) Music by Jeff Beal (4 wins/16 noms)
  • “War & Peace,” “Part 1” (Lifetime) Music by Martin Phipps (3 noms)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE) – 2016
WINNER: “Mr. Robot,” episode 1.0 “hellofriend.mov” (USA) Music by Mac Quayle (first win/2 noms)

  • “Bates Motel,” episode: “Forever” (A&E) Music by Chris Bacon (2 noms)
  • “Chef’s Table,” epsideo: “Grant Achatz” (Netflix) Music by Duncan Thum (2 noms)
  • “Limitless,” “Pilot” (CBS) Music by Paul Leonard-Morgan (first nom)
  • “Minority Report,” “Pilot” (FOX) Music by Sean P. Callery (4 wins/16 noms)
  • “Penny Dreadful,” episode: “And They Were Enemies” (Showtime) Music by Abel Korzeniowski (3 noms)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION – 2016
WINNER: “Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton (Live From Lincoln Center)” (PBS) Music Direction by Danny Elfman (2 wins/2 noms)

  • “A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix), Music Direction by Paul Shaffer (4 noms)
  • “Jazz At The White House (ABC) Music Direction by John Beasley (first nom)
  • “Sinatra: Voice For A Century (Live From Lincoln Center)” (PBS) Music Direction by Alan Gilbert (2 noms)
  • “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance At The White House” (PBS)
    Rickey Minor, Music Direction by Rickey Minor (5 noms) and Christian McBride (first nom)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC – 2016
WINNER: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix), Theme by Sean P. Callery (4 wins/16 noms)

  • “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW) Theme by Rachel Bloom (3 noms) and Adam Schlesinger (2 wins/5 noms)
  • “Narcos” (Netflix) Theme by Rodrigo Amarante (first nom)
  • “Sense8” (Netflix) Theme by Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer (first nom for each)
  • “The Whispers” (ABC) Theme by Robert Duncan (4 noms)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS – 2016
WINNER: “The Hunting Ground,” Song Title: “‘Til It Happens To You” (CNN) Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren (first win/nom)

  • “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” episode:”I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!” Song Title: “Settle For Me” (CW) Music & Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger (2 wins/5 noms), Lyrics by: Rachel Bloom (3 noms), Jack Dolgen (first nom)
  • “Empire,” epsisode: “A Rose By Any Other Name,” Song Title: “Good People” (FOX) Music & Lyrics by Jim Beanz (first nom)
  • “Galavant,” epsisode: “A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear,” Song Title: “A New Season”
    (ABC) Music by Alan Menken (2 noms), Lyrics by Glenn Slater (2 noms)
  • “Garfunkel and Oates: Trying To Be Special” Song Title: “Frozen Lullaby” (Vimeo) Music & Lyrics by Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci (first nom for each)

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