Stewart's 'Lion In Winter' Earns Emmy Buzz

By Michelle
June 5, 2004 - 7:27 PM

The Showtime production of The Lion In Winter starring Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) is garnering a reputation as a likely contender for several Emmy Awards.

The Hollywood Reporter guessed that both Stewart and co-star Glenn Close, who played King Henry and Queen Eleanor respectively, would earn nominations, and that executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. would earn a nod as well.

"Emmy nominations are old hat" for Halmi, said the trade publication, noting that he has earned eight previously, including a win for Gulliver's Travels in 1996. He "is famed for being a spare-no-expense exception amid an atmosphere of increasing production belt-tightening," and The Lion In Winter cost $14 million to make.

"Emmy recognition is nice because it's your peers who are telling you they like what you do -- and let me just say, I'm extremely proud of 'Lion in Winter'", Halmi said, asserting that his version had "much better production values than they had the first time around" in the Oscar-winning film of the same name that starred Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in Close and Stewart's roles.

The Hollywood Reporter coverage of potential Emmy nominees is here.

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