The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced their 2017 Emmy nominations this morning, with 13 members of the American Society of Cinematographers recognized for their outstanding work in various categories: Paul Cameron, Dana Gonzales, Fred Elmes, Christian La Fountaine, Adriano Goldman, Seamus McGarvey, David Miller, Reed Morano, Donald A. Morgan, David Stump, Tim Suhrstedt, Rodney Taylor and John Toll.
Of note, this year saw the Television Academy add a new category for camerawork — Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) — which reflects changes in the televisual programming landscape.
The awards-tracking site Gold Derby noted:
“Half-hours have seldom been nominated when competing opposite hour-long programs. The last were Everybody Hates Chris in 2006 and Doogie Howser, M.D. in 1992. A general Best Half-Hour Cinematography category existed from 2008 to 2010, with slots reserved for multi-camera comedies; this is the first time that single-camera half hours will fill an entire category.
“The cinematography categories employ a two-step nominating process. Instead of a popular vote of the relevant branch of the academy determining the nominees like in most other categories, a popular vote of the cinematographers’ branch narrows the ballot to 10, then a panel of branch members votes for the nominees after viewing clips from those contenders — four continuous minutes each (indicated by the submitters) for this category.
“None of the 59 series — represented by 66 episodes — on the  ballot has ever been nominated for its cinematography (opposite hour-long shows for Best Single-Camera Cinematography) at the Emmys and only two have been nominated at the industry-voted American Society of Cinematographers Awards (in the defunct Best Half-Hour Cinematography category): Modern Family for 2011 and Drunk History for 2013, with the latter winning.”
In short, the creation of this new cinematography category offers an opportunity to acknowledge expert camerawork that has not been previously recognized.
Below is a breakdown of this year’s cinematography nominations, while the Academy’s complete nominations announcement can be downloaded here.
The 69th annual Emmy Awards program will take place on September 17.
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Big Little Lies
"You Get What You Need"
Yves Bélanger, CSC
Black Mirror: Nosedive
Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
"The Law Of Vacant Places"
Dana Gonzales, ASC
The Night Of
Fred Elmes, ASC
The Young Pope
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
2 Broke Girls
"And The Planes, Fingers And Automobiles"
Christian La Fountaine, ASC
"The Legend Of Bad, Bad Cleo Brown"
Joseph Wilmond Calloway
"Easy Come, Easy Go"
Donald A. Morgan, ASC
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (HALF-HOUR)
Rodney Taylor, ASC
Reed Morano, ASC
Mozart In The Jungle
"Now I Will Sing"
Tim Suhrstedt, ASC
"If I Were A Bell"
David Miller, ASC
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
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John Toll, ASC
"Chapter Eight: The Upside Down"
"Smoke And Mirrors"
Adriano Goldman, ASC
The Handmaid's Tale
The Man In The High Castle
Paul Cameron, ASC
In addition to the cinematography categories, the ASC congratulates visual effects supervisor David Stump, ASC for his nomination in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects, recognizing the American Gods episode “The Bone Orchard,” as well as Reed Morano, ASC for her nomination in the category of Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series, recognizing her work on the pilot to the dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale, entitled “Offred.”
You can read more about Morano’s work with cinematographer Colin Watkinson on The Handmaid’s Tale here, while Stump has written a detailed account of his work on superhero series American Gods that will appear in the upcoming September issue of AC magazine.
You’ll find a detailed feature story on Paul Cameron, ASC’s camerawork in the Westworld pilot here.
In this edition of the AC Podcast, John Toll, ASC discusses his work on the globetrotting sci-fi series Sense8.
In this edition of the AC Podcast, James Hawkinson discusses his work on the retro-futuristic series The Man in the High Castle.