Stars react to their 2023 Emmy nominations: ‘I’m moved as f—‘

Stars react to their 2023 Emmy nominations: ‘I’m moved as f—‘

Community star Yvette Nicole Brown and Television Academy Chair Frank Scherma hosted the live nomination announcement Wednesday morning. Leading the nominations is Succession with a whopping 27 nods, followed closely by The Last of Us with 24. The White Lotus and Ted Lasso earned 23 and 21 noms, respectively.

Below, check out how nominees from these series and more reacted to being recognized.

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)

“I’m thrilled and honored the role of Jimmy/Saul was the role of a lifetime and all I could do was try to make the most of it every single day. I’d have to say I feel this is an appreciation of the whole cast and crew as well because everyone around me made me better in this role. Thanks to AMC and the two masterminds Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould for writing a masterpiece for all of us.  I’m thrilled that my friend Rhea Seehorn was also nominated. This is a wonderful thing to share as we close the book on these rich characters and this wonderful effort we did together.”

Episode 1. Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso,” premiering March 15, 2023 on Apple TV .

Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Jason Sudeikis on ‘Ted Lasso’ season 3

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Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

“Ahhhhhhhh f— yeah! This is amazing! To be nominated once is insanity, twice is nuts but for this to be a hat trick feels silly and proof that we live in a simulation. It makes me feel incredibly lucky, especially when it’s in the company of genuine acting legends. What an incredible list to be on and, at long last, it is wonderful to see my fit friend and extraordinary talent Phil Dunster be added to that list. Thanks as always to Jason, Bill, Brendan and Joe Kelly for inviting me onboard. I’m nothing without them and my fellow Greyhounds. What a ride this whole Lasso train has been, filled with magic. Thank you to the Television Academy for making life a dream. I’m moved as f—.”

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

“I am so honored to be recognized along with the other talented nominees by the Television Academy. Living out my dreams of making a living in the arts and sharing the gift of laughter is made that much sweeter working alongside my Abbott cast mates and the fantastic writers and crew on the show. Solidarity with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA, both of which I am a proud member.” 

Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), Saturday Night Live (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series)

“Being a part of The Last of Us has been a dream come true and working alongside Bella Ramsey has made it that much more special. The reception the show has received is something I could have never imagined. This wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible world built by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, our tirelessly hard-working, dedicated crew, and the beautiful province of Alberta. I share this honor with them, and with the wonderful writers. Thank you to the Television Academy for not only one but three great honors. I have admired all these actors in this category for such a long time, so to be included alongside them is a true pinch me moment. 

Being a host on Saturday Night Live was a childhood dream I didn’t think would ever come true. My week on SNL was one of the best of my life, but none of it would have been possible without the incredible work of the writers, cast, and crew, that make the show possible every week. All I can say is…AH MAH GAH!”

Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series), The Last of Us (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series)

“I am so honoured and excited! Thank you Television Academy for these nominations for two shows I’m immensely proud to be part of. I’m so thrilled about the nominations for Best Drama for Yellowjackets, and for our amazing casting directors. Everyone knows I am a superfan of our cast and I am looking at my nomination as being representative of the ensemble, as every member of the cast makes the show as special as it is, especially my sweet Sophie Nélisse whose performance this season was otherworldly. 

I am incredibly happy to see all the nominations for The Last Of Us! I’m eternally grateful to the brilliant Craig Mazin for asking me to be part of the show. I’m elated that so many incredible artists and craftspeople were recognized from multiple departments, not to mention the amazing cast. I’m overjoyed for Bella and Pedro and Anna and Storm and Murray and Nick and the wonderful Lamar, and I burst into tears when I saw that Keivonn was nominated. Also GO JULIETTE I LOVE YOU. And of course I stand in solidarity with the WGA – both of these amazing shows started with the script and we would be nothing without our writers – and as a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.”


Ali Wong in ‘Beef’

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Ali Wong, Beef (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie)

“This is a real honor and something I never expected would happen. I wish my father was alive to experience this moment with me. Much love to Sonny (aka Lee Sung Jin) and the entire Beef family who gave their everything to make such a special show.”

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)

“This is the sweetest cherry on top of this marvelous 5 season sundae. Thank you to the Academy for the love for our final season. Thank you to the village that made it possible.  We’re so grateful to be invited back to the party for one last hoorah.”

Elton John, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium (Outstanding Variety Special (Live))

“It’s an honor for my special to be recognized by the Academy. My final Dodger Stadium performance was bittersweet and an evening that I will never forget. My team at Rocket Entertainment, the talented Fulwell 73, and everyone at Disney went above and beyond to create a magical production, not only for me as I said goodbye to North America, but for my fans all over the world to enjoy for years to come.”

Taraji P. Henson, Abbott Elementary (Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series)

“As a fan of the show, working on Abbott Elementary was simple, pure joy… I had no idea that this type of recognition would even be a possibility doing something so fun! Thank you to Quinta for inviting me to play such a delicious role. This is just an absolute honor!”

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Ellie (Bella Ramsey) chastises Riley (Storm Reid) for making pipe bombs for the Fireflies in ‘The Last of Us’

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Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)

“I’m so happy for the entire team and immensely proud of this show and everyone involved. I’m especially proud of my friend Keivonn Woodard (his first job and first nomination), my brain soul mate Craig Mazin, and my rock and the best sidekick ever… Pedro Pascal. It was the best year of my life shooting The Last of Us so to be given this recognition alongside other phenomenal performers makes my little heart feel very big, thank you.”

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, Welcome To Wrexham (Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program)

“The story of Wrexham has resonated with millions of people because you don’t have to be Welsh or a football fan to be moved by this town. We are so grateful for today’s 6 Emmy nominations and are continuously honored the people of Wrexham allow us to tell their tale. Diolch! Cymru am byth!”

Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

“This was a dream gig on every level. Forever grateful to Mike White, HBO and all my brilliant collaborators”

Henry Winkler, Barry (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

“Four incredible years!  I’m thrilled but most of all I’m thrilled I got to have been part of the Barry family.”


Matthew MacFadyen in ‘Succession.’

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Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

“I’m just delighted, and especially delighted to be in such wonderful company! We are of course nothing without our writers — thanks as always to Jesse and the gang… ‘buckle up, f—leheads!’

Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“What an incredible honor to receive an Emmy nomination (my first!) for a show that was an absolute gift to create. It was a tremendous privilege to embody Tammy Wynette. Tammy once said, “I believe you have to live the songs.” It was a dream to live in her music and I am so very grateful to have been given the opportunity to pay tribute to her legacy. This has been a 10-year journey, bringing George & Tammy to screen, and to be recognized by the Television Academy is the icing on top of this most delicious cake!”

Michael Shannon, George & Tammy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“Holy Smokes!! I can’t believe it. So touched, flattered, and grateful. I love this show so much. Means the world to me that I got to do it in the first place. I owe Jessica a great deal. She brought this to me, she fought for me to be in it, and she is the best scene partner I’ve ever had bar none. And thank you Showtime and the TV Academy!”

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

“To be nominated for an Emmy is absolutely mind-blowing, but to be nominated alongside some of my favorite people in the world – Hannah, Phil, Brett and Jason – words truly can’t describe this magical moment. It’s been an absolute joy bringing Keeley Jones to life. Thank you to the Ted Lasso cast, writers and crew for making this adventure unforgettable in every way. I’m so deeply honored and grateful. AFC Richmond forever!”

Alan Ruck, Succession (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for sending us off in such style. I’ve said this many times, but I waited for a show like Succession to come along for my entire career, so to receive my first Emmy nomination for this particular project makes this all the more gratifying. To be in the orbit of Jesse Armstrong, Mark Mylod and the best writers, directors, designers and crew on the planet has been an extraordinary experience. I share this with everyone behind the camera, and of course with my onscreen family, some of the most incredible actors I’ve ever worked with. I send a special thank you to Justine Lupe, my awesome scene partner and dear friend who I got to spend so much time with on this crazy ride. Looking forward to getting together with everyone, and in the meantime I stand in solidarity with my fellow actors, our writer colleagues and all during this critical moment for our industry.”

John Legend, The Voice (Outstanding Reality Competition Program)

“I’m so proud of our team at The Voice! Congratulations on yet another year of Emmy nominations! Season after season, our team comes together to produce a fantastic show that celebrates great music and gifted artists. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Keri Russell, The Diplomat (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)

“I am beyond thrilled. This show that Debora Cahn has created has been such a joy and creative fun to make. I am proud and honored.”

Nathan Lane, Only Murders in the Building (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series)

“I’m just feeling very grateful today and honored to be in such great company. As always I’m so thankful to John Hoffman and all the writers and producers, cast and crew of Only Murders in the Building, especially Steve, Selena and most importantly for me, Marty and James Caverley, two of the best scene partners you could ask for. Congrats to one and all.”

Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR

Stellan Skarsgard and Diego Luna in ‘Andor’

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Diego Luna, Andor (Outstanding Drama Series)

“I want to thank the Television Academy for an incredible eight nominations for Andor. We set out to make a drama series that defied genre categorization in its telling of a compelling, relatable human story, told in an extraordinary, other-worldly but identifiable setting, and it is so gratifying to see it celebrated by the industry in the same way audiences around the world have embraced it. It especially brings joy to see Andor nominated for ‘Outstanding Drama Series’, as that is a testament to the collective work of hundreds and thousands of people in front of and behind the camera who have brought our show to life. Tony Gilroy’s vision for the series has been inspiring, and I feel so fortunate to share this moment with all of my collaborators. I look forward to celebrating with everyone, especially once industry leaders have made fair deals with the writers, actors and countless other artisans who share their passion and talents and deserve to be properly compensated for their contributions to what is undoubtedly a golden age for television and film.”

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)

“Thank you to the Television Academy, Netflix, CBS and also the Hollywood critics and of course Gold Derby for this incredible honor. I am humbled and grateful. It’s been quite a ride. Thanks for the lift.”

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Nick Offerman

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Nick Offerman, The Last of Us (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series)

“I am powerfully grateful to be in this wagon of HBO artists celebrating inclusivity, DIY, fidelity and strawberries.”

Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)

“Thank you to the Television Academy! I am honored to be nominated alongside these talented actors. This recognition is incredibly profound and deeply affirming. A special thank you to my much loved partner in crime Rian Johnson for your brilliant vision of Poker Face, creating our Charlie Cale together and bringing her to life. I am so proud to produce and be a part of this series and thrilled to be on this ride with so many of the greats. We have an incredible crew and lineup of guest stars (including the Emmy-nominated and luminescent Judith Light!) that makes the impossible somehow a reality each week. Special shout-out to our beloved production designer Judy Rhee and her team on their nomination and to Tom Place and Becca GT for keeping us safe through all of our stunts! Thank you to Peacock for your support of our show. None of this could have happened without our writers, who we stand in solidarity with. Our creator: Rian Johnson. Showrunners: Lilla and Nora Zuckerman and the rest of our awesome writing team: Christine Boylan, Joe Lawson, Chris Downey, Wyatt Cain, Charlie Peppers and Alice Ju.”

Riley Keough, Daisy Jones & the Six (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“This is truly the most amazing surprise! I feel so lucky to have been a part of Daisy Jones & the Six and to work alongside my amazing cast mates and the entire crew. I am thankful to the Academy for receiving this wonderful nomination and to be recognized alongside the other hugely talented women on TV. And I am thrilled for my cast mates who also got recognized! Thank you to Hello Sunshine, Amazon, and thank you to the Academy.”

Lizzy Caplan, Fleishman Is in Trouble (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“I’ve been so blown away by the glut of incredible female performances this year, that even if twenty people were nominated, it would feel like twenty more equally deserving women were snubbed. So thank you so much for this very lovely and truly unexpected shock. And mainly thank you to Taffy, for creating something so gorgeous. I’m just grateful I got to do this thing with everybody who was involved. Making Fleishman was an absolute joy. That was the cake, this is the icing.”

Evan Peters, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for this honor. I feel incredibly grateful to be recognized alongside my fellow nominees and awe-inspiring cast-mates Niecy Nash-Betts and Richard Jenkins. Congratulations to our brilliant directors Paris Barclay and Carl Franklin on their nominations, as well as to our entire cast and crew who worked tirelessly on Monster. I feel beyond grateful to Ryan Murphy for his unbending support, to all our courageous and irreplaceable writers, and to all our pre and post production teams. Thank you!!!”

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program)

“In these dark political times, the Television Academy’s gracious recognition of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a bright light. Thank you for the love.”

Kathryn Hahn, Tiny Beautiful Things (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“My mind is blown. Thank you with such humility to the academy for this nomination. Thank you to the incredible women who doula-Ed this show into being: Lauren Neustadter, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Jayme Lemons, Stacey Silverman, all our execs at Hulu, ABC and Disney for believing in this show. Thank you to our directors Rachel, Stacie, and Desiree for helping to birth this baby. And to this cast of mine: Quentin, Tanzyn, Owen, Michaela, Merritt, and my other half, the magnificent Sarah Pidgeon. 

And to Liz Tigelaar and the writers’ room. Thank you for this Clare. And thanks to the glorious Cheryl Strayed for her generosity and empathy. “Trust your gut. Forgive yourself. Be grateful.” Amen. Thank you dear dear dear Cheryl. Forever changed.”

Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program), Taste The Nation With Padma Lakshmi (Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special)

“I’m over the moon here in Sicily!!! I am elated and honored to be nominated for both shows since Taste The Nation is my passion project and it’s my last hoorah on Top Chef.  Thank you so much to everyone who voted and supported us, both my crews!! It feels great to end my tenure on Top Chef with a nomination for the show. And even sweeter to get a nom as a host!! Maybe this could be the year?!

And to make things even incredibly more special is the nomination for Taste the Nation, a show built from an idea in my head to fruition with so much help and love from my whole team. Woo hoo!!!!! I’m going to be celebrating tonight in Italy!!!!”


Dominique Fishback, Swarm (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“I’m emotional this morning. This is a massive dream that I’ve been manifesting and working towards since childhood that is now really happening. I’m overwhelmed and incredibly honored that the Television Academy recognized this performance. I want to thank our phenomenal writers on this show for giving Dre such dimension. Thank you to our creators Janine Nabers and Donald Glover for trusting me with this character. A huge thank you to our entire cast and crew who worked on Swarm! Lastly, I want to thank Jen Salke and the entire Amazon team for all of their support!”

Judith Light, Poker Face (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series)

“I am beyond grateful to all my peers in the Television Academy for this very special honor. This would not have happened without the brilliant S. Epatha Merkerson, my “partner in crime,” Lucky McKee, our director, Rian Johnson, Natasha Lyonne and of course the team at Peacock. And last, but never least, infinite gratitude to our writers, Charlie Peppers and Wyatt Cain. It was the power of their script that made this truly possible! As we all know, it starts with the writing.”

Wanda Sykes, Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer (Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-recorded))

“Thank you TV Academy and to all the members who voted. This special was a tough one. There was so much that I needed to say, but most of all, I needed to laugh and I wanted you to laugh with me. It worked! Congrats to everyone involved in making this special. Love you all! And thank you Philadelphia!”

J. Smith-Cameron, Succession (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

“I’m so thrilled and proud to receive this nomination and to see so many of my Succession colleagues get nominated! This was really and truly a special show – a career high for all of us in all departments, in terms of originality and collaboration. And sheer joy of creativity! I also strongly want to express that all shows and performers nominated today are only as good as their WRITERS! No one should ever mistake the fundamental importance of writers and their connection to the quality of a TV show or a film. It’s vitally important that a fair solution is found to writers’ needs and requests.”

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Storm Reid as Riley in ‘The Last of Us’ episode 7

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Storm Reid, The Last of Us (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series)

“I feel extremely blessed and truly honored to be nominated among these incredible actors. The experience of taping my episode of The Last of Us was nothing short of a dream. Thank you to Craig Mazin for believing in my talent and seeing me as Riley. Sending all my congratulations to Bella, Pedro, the full cast and crew, and everyone nominated today.”

Murray Bartlett, The Last of Us (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series), Welcome to Chippendales (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“Thank you to the Television Academy for this double nomination! What?! I’m absolutely over the moon!! It was total joy to be part of The Last of Us and Welcome to Chippendales, and I’m thrilled that so many of my colleagues on both of these shows have also been recognized for their brilliant work. Thank you! Thank you!”

Will Sharp, The White Lotus (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

“Well this is bananas. I’m so grateful to have been a part of this show and to have worked with so many incredible people. It’s frankly surreal to be recognised alongside such brilliant cast mates and other extraordinary performers, but I am over the moon!”

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Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

“I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude at this morning’s nomination. Being a part of The White Lotus and getting to work with Mike White, David Bernard, HBO and the entire cast and crew was the opportunity of a lifetime, and this year has been a dream come true. Thank you to the Television Academy for this unbelievable honor. Congratulations to all my fellow nominees whose work I have been constantly inspired by from afar. From my heart: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”

Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)

Playing this role has been the greatest privilege of my acting life. It is an absolute honor to be nominated for this season of The Crown and I am so humbled to be recognized amongst this group of incredible women and their staggeringly excellent work. Thank you to the Television Academy for this meaningful acknowledgement — I am so grateful.”

Annaleigh Ashford, Welcome to Chippendales (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“Thank you to the Television Academy! I am honored to be nominated alongside these talented actors. This recognition is incredibly heart-warming, and I am so proud to be a part of Welcome to Chippendales. What a treat that my wonderful co-stars are also being recognized: Juliette, Kumail, Murray, and our costume design team led by Peggy Schnitzer. Congratulations to you and our entire cast and crew. Thank you, Hulu, for your support of our magical show which of course would not have happened without our writers, who we stand in solidarity with.”

Richard Jenkins, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“I’m humbled and grateful for this. I loved working on the project and it’s great to see it be recognized. I’m very happy for Ryan Murphy, Evan Peters, and Niecy Nash-Betts. Working with Evan, Niecy, Molly Ringwald, and the rest of the cast was great all around. This story is a cautionary tale, and I am reminded by it what it means to be a father.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie)

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be able to say, ‘Hey, Daniel Radcliffe just got an Emmy nomination for playing me in a movie!’ But here we are. I’m enormously thrilled and incredibly grateful. Our movie basically pokes fun at all those awards-bait biopics, so it was both ironic and mind-blowing to wake up this morning with eight nominations! Thanks, Television Academy!”

Young Mazino, Beef (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“What an honor to be nominated alongside exceptionally talented actors. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted, and to the Beef team that gave me an opportunity to work on something so special. Thank you to my PR team for all their support thus far, and also Sonny.. thanks for simply changing my life with Beef!”

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Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in ‘Black Bird’

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Paul Walter Hauser, Blackbird (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie)

“I’m super honored to be nominated for an Emmy Award. Black Bird is the result of an indefatigable crew, three visionary directors, the support of the storytelling giant that is Apple TV and Dennis Lehane‘s mastery in capturing life in all its forms. Taron, you’re a brilliant actor, a kind generous spirit, and I sincerely treasure our time on and offscreen. Thank you to the Television Academy, my teams at CAA, Artists First, The Lede Company, Dunham, Engelman, Petix, DDP, Sean M, and most of all — my beautiful, patient, forgiving wife Amy. No more serial killer roles, babe. Jury Duty season 2? The Bear season 3? Fingers crossed. Long live Ray Liotta.”

Maria Bello, Beef (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“Lee Sung Jin is a genius and I’m so proud that I got invited to join the party with the extraordinary cast and crew of Beef. I congratulate all who received Emmy recognition for their excellent work. The first person I shared the good news with was the office clerk at the Global Visa Center where I was having some paperwork done. She was very happy for me.”

Merritt Wever, Tiny Beautiful Things (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie)

“This is so lovely. All my thanks. And all my respect to the many union members who worked alongside me.”

Ariel Marx, A Small Light (Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special)

“I am extremely moved and humbled by this nomination, and send so much gratitude to the music branch and the TV Academy for this absolute honor. Writing the score for A Small Light was deeply personal, and I couldn’t be more grateful to Tony Phalen, Joan Rater, Susanna Fogel, and the entire Nat Geo / Disney team for bringing me on to this incredible limited series.”

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