Lovecraft Country Emmy Interviews: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors…
“Lovecraft Country” premiered last summer on HBO, telling the story of a Korean War veteran (Jonathan majors) in the 1950s who returns home to Chicago and quickly finds himself embroiled in a supernatural mystery involving monsters, witchcraft, and his own magical lineage. We spoke to several members of the drama series’ cast and crew that could potentially win Emmy nominations this year. Scroll down and follow the links to watch each of our 10 in-depth discussions.
The series was created by Misha Green (“Underground”) based on a novel by Matt Ruff, and it has more heavyweights behind the camera. Its executive producers include JJ Abrams, which has won a few Emmy Awards for directing and producing “Lost” in addition to other TV credits such as “Felicity” and “Alias” and movie credits like “Star Trek”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” , “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. Co-executive producer Jordan peele is an Emmy winner for the comedy series “Key and Peele” and an Oscar winner for writing the horror film “Get Out”, which is similar to “Lovecraft” in that it uses the conventions of the horror genre to examine the real world American racism.
The Emmys haven’t always gone for sci-fi and fantasy dishes. History is littered with acclaimed shows that never really had their due, like the original “Star Trek” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; the academy was even apprehensive about “Lost” after winning the award for best drama for its first season. But that has changed dramatically in recent years with prestigious genre programs like “Stranger Things,” “Westworld” and “The Mandalorian” now regularly included among nominees for Best Drama Series. HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” made history winning more Emmys overall than any other drama or comedy series in history, including a record four for best drama. And last year’s most award-winning program, the limited series “Watchmen” (also from HBO), was all about superheroes.
Will “Lovecraft” follow a similar rewards trajectory? Its early track record looks promising, especially given its high production values. It won five Critics Choice Award nominations, including Best Drama Series. He has won two awards from the Visual Effects Society and nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild, Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, Cinema Audio Society, Art Directors Guild and BAFTAs, in more than being named one of the best shows of 2020 by the American Film Institute. Now he’s entering an Emmy race where only three of last year’s eight nominees for Best Drama are eligible to return (“The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Mandalorian”). Will “Lovecraft” slip into the many open slots this year? Check out our in-depth interviews below.
Jurnee Smollett, actor
Jonathan Majors, actor
Aunjanue Ellis, actress
Wunmi Mosaku, actor
Cheryl Dunye, Director
Kim Coleman and Meagan Lewis, casting directors
Laura Karpman, composer
Dayna Pink, costume designer
Marta Evry, Bjørn T. Myrholt and Ian S. Tan, editors
Kalina Ivanov, production designer
Make your Gold Derby predictions now. Download our free and easy app to Apple / iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete with legions of other fans as well as our experts and editors for the best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champions. Can you then surpass our estimated rankings? Remember to always keep your predictions up to date as they impact our latest race odds, which terrify chefs and Hollywood stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your edgy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders hide every day to keep up with the latest awards buzz. Everyone wants to know: what do you think? Who are you predicting and why?