Outstanding Music Supervision: Is Emmy going to Stranger Things?

Would the ending of “The Sopranos” have been as shocking if it hadn’t included Tripis “Don’t Stop Believin’”? And what would “Grey’s Anatomy” be without its frequent use of snow patrol song “Chasing Cars”? These and many more unforgettable moments in music television occurred before the establishment of the Emmy category for Outstanding Music Supervision. Since 2017, the award has served the purpose of honoring people who make television shows better by incorporating existing songs into episodes and thus stirring up viewers’ emotions.

This year, Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could score its fourth win in this category after taking the award every year from 2018 to 2020. It’s being challenged for the third time by “Better Call Saul” (AMC). and “Stranger Things” (Netflix) and for the second time by “Euphoria” (HBO). The remaining two slots on the 2022 lineup are filled by “Ozark” (Netflix) and “The White Lotus” (HBO). To determine if “Maisel” has what it takes to prevail again or if one of the other soundtracks will win favor with the TV Academy, let’s take a look at each nominee individually. Be sure to make your Emmy Award predictions in this and 26 other creative arts categories before September 3.

“You Better Call Saul” – Thomas Golubić

Episode: “Black and Blue”

Golubić was previously nominated to oversee the music for this series in 2017, 2019 and 2020. The fifth episode of the sixth season features “Georgy Porgy” from totoBillboard #1 hit “Release Me” by wilson phillips and a version of johanne brahms“In Stiller Nacht”. The latter song particularly stands out as the haunting background track to the installment’s opening scene, which shows a man going through the oddly satisfying process of creating a block of acrylic glass.

“Euphoria” — Adam Leber and Jen Malone

Episode: “Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door”

In addition to being recognized with Leber for this show in 2020, Malone received another offer here in 2018 for “Atlanta.” The couple is now nominated for the premiere episode of the second season of “Euphoria,” which includes topics such as The notorious BIGis “hypnotize”, give steelis “Dirty Work,” Gerry Raffertyis “Right Down the Line” and orville peckis “Death of the night”.

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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Robin Urdang

Episode: “How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?”

The season four finale of “Maisel” features the mid-20th century hit show’s usual mash-up, including timely uses of anette funicello“The Pineapple Princess” and dear floweris “Someone to take care of me.” Urdang has been praised for using songs written by Sammy Cahn and the Gershwin Brothers on this show before, and wisely incorporated more of them into this episode.

“Ozark” — Gabe Hilfer

Episode: “The Cousin of Death”

“El primo de la muerte” began the second half of the fourth and final season of this Netflix series. Hilfer has earned this recognition for ensuring nas‘ debut album, Illumatic, as the soundtrack to Ruth Langmore’s Journey of Revenge (Julia Garner). The four songs “NY State of Mind”, “Represent”, “Life’s a Bitch”, and “One Time 4 Your Mind” are integral to the episode’s plot, with the former’s lyrics even inspiring its title.

‘Stranger Things’ – Nora Felder

Episode: “Chapter Four: Dear Billy”

Felder competed here for the first three seasons of “Stranger Things” in 2017, 2018 and 2020. He’s been responsible for incorporating dozens of classic ’80s songs throughout the show’s history, and now he could receive the honor. to bring musical youthis “Pass the Dutchie” and, of course, kate bushis “Running up that hill”. The use of the latter song was so incredibly popular with fans that it became a Billboard top 10 hit this summer, 37 years after its initial release.

“The White Lotus” – Janet Lopez

Episode: “Departures”

While the strangely hypnotic original score of this anthology series still prevails in the final episode of its first season, the installment also draws on several songs by Hawaiian choirs that generally set a calm and thoughtful mood as the story winds down. to its end and the central characters. finally get out on the other side of your chaotic vacation.

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So, which series will win the 2022 Emmy for Outstanding Music Supervision? Based purely on the pervasive cultural impact of its inspired use of “Running Up That Hill,” “Stranger Things” seems to have this in the bag. Although he has lost to “Maisel” twice before, a change seems imminent, especially as the sitcom’s recent two-year hiatus caused a break in his winning streak in 2021.

One factor that may help “The White Lotus” is that the two non-“Maisel” category winners (“Big Little Lies,” 2017 and “I May Destroy You,” 2021) were both limited series. Its additional offering of original music composition, however, doesn’t help here, as no show has ever been awarded in both areas. The same goes for the current nominations for Best Music and Lyrics for “Euphoria” and “Maisel.” While “Maisel” could easily hold its perfect record in this category, the passion behind the “Stranger Things” soundtrack (and, to a lesser extent, “Euphoria”) is too palpable to ignore.

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