Voyager Receives 8 Emmy Nominations By Christian
July 12, 2001 - 3:43 PM

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards today. Compared to last year, Voyager received 8 instead of 7 nominations, leaving all other genre shows far behind.

From early June onwards, when members of the Academy were able to send in nomination ballots, Paramount actively promoted Voyager to Academy members. The studio opened a special Voyager web site (story) and took out ads in trade papers (story), while it also advertised Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) in the official Emmy magazine. While Paramount's efforts didn't lead to a nomination in one of high-profile categories such as Best Actress or Best Drama Series, the show's high production values were recognised with nominations for visual effects, makeup and other so-called Creative Arts categories.

The Emmy Awards are the highest honours in the world of television, similar to the Oscar awards for film. They will be presented during an awards ceremony on the 16th of September, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles and broadcast live by CBS. The awards in the Creative Arts categories, for which Voyager has been nominated, will be presented during a banquet on the 8th of September.

Below is a full list of all the nominations Voyager received:

Besides the eight Voyager nods, several former Trek actors were also nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, Kelsey Grammer, who guest-starred in TNG's 'Cause and Effect,' received his usual Frasier nomination. Kim Cattrall (Valeris) was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. In the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category, James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane) was nominated for playing Bishop Lionel Stewart on ER, while René Auberjonois (Odo) was nominated for playing Judge Mantz on The Practice.

Last year, Voyager was nominated for 7 awards, in exactly the same categories. However, the show received only one nomination in the Outstanding Music Composition category instead of two. Unfortunately, when the winners in the Creative Arts categories were announced, Voyager ended up without any awards at all.

The clear leader among this year's nominees was The Sopranos, which received a total of 22 nominations, including four out of five nominations in the Outstanding Writing category. Next up was The West Wing, winner of last year's Best Drama Series award, which received 18 nominations. Both shows were nominated for Best Drama, along with ER, Law & Order and The Practice. The nominees for Best Comedy Series were Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle, Sex and the City and Will & Grace.

For other genre television shows, this was not an extremely good year, with Voyager receiving more nominations than all other live-action one-hour television shows together. The X-Files received the most high-profile genre nomination, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, as well as a nomination for Outstanding Makeup. Stargate SG-1 received two and Dark Angel received one nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects, while Xena: Warrior Princess received a nomination for Outstanding Music Composition.

Among other formats, Futurama, The Simpsons and The Powerpuff Girls were nominated for Outstanding Animated Program. The Dune mini-series was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Sound Editing.

Last year, there were a total of 19 nominations for live-action genre television, including a high-profile Best Writing nod for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This year there were only 16, including the Dune mini-series, and Buffy went without any nominations at all.

The full list of nominations in the high-profile categories such as Best Actor and Best Series can be found in this AP article. The complete list of nominees can be found on the official Emmy web site.

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