Not so long ago, composers doing “genre” material — horror, science fiction, fantasy — saw an Oscar or Emmy nomination as a longshot, namely because voters didn’t seem to take those projects seriously.
But times have changed. Six of the 11 nominees in Emmy’s two narrative-fiction music categories have some element of sci-fi, fantasy or horror, in addition to two of the nominated songs, two main-title themes and four of the music supervision nominees.
Why the turnabout? Variety asked several of this year’s music nominees for their thoughts, and each offered a slightly different answer.
“When you talk about awards recognition, a lot of the time it’s really about what’s in the collective consciousness,” says TV Academy music governor Jeff Russo
”). “Genre films and television shows have been at the top of the collective consciousness for a number of reasons: The types of stories being told are escapism,