Canadians Samantha Bee, Jean-Marc Vallee among Emmy nominees
Quebec’s JeanMarc Vallee and Toronto native Samantha Bee are among this year’s Canadian Emmy Award nominees.
Montreal-born Vallee has a nomination for directing HBO’s acclaimed limited series “Big Little Lies,” which got a total of 16 nods on Thursday.
Quebec cinematographer Yves Belanger also got a nomination for his work on “Big Little Lies,” which had a starpacked cast including Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, and Nova Scotia native James Tupper.
David E. Kelley based the darkly comedic murder mystery on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel.
Vallee and Belanger have worked together several times, on films including “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and the show’s recent “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner” special were also nominated for several Emmys.
The political late-night series is up for best variety talk series, best writing for a variety series and best interactive program for its web content.
Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner” is in contention for several awards in variety-special categories, including best special, best directing, best writing and best production design.
Bee also got an Emmy nomination last year, for writing her late-night variety show.
Other Canadians nominated for Emmys include a visual effects group that worked on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the much-heralded series based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. They’re named in the category of best special visual effects in a supporting role.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” got a total of 13 nominations, including best drama series.
Lorne Michaels of Toronto got yet another Emmy nomination for writing on “Saturday Night Live.”
And Montreal-born Barry Julien got a nod for his writing on Stephen Colbert’s latenight talk series.
The 69th annual Emmys will be staged on Sept. 17.
Toronto native Samantha Bee