Fall is almost here, and you know it when Emmy nominations celebrating the best in television this past year are finally revealed.
And while there might not be any Star Trek in the mix, as usual, there are more than two dozen nominees who have Star Trek conventions.
In a quick perusal of the nominee list (which you can find right here), two big names from recent films pop up right away. Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Khan in 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” has been nominated for lead actor in a limited series for his work in “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
Joining him in that category is the bad guy who succeeded him, Idris Elba, for his work in “Luther.” Elba, of course, plays Krall in the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond,” which hits theaters next week.
For Cumberbatch, this is his fourth Emmy nomination, actually winning the award in 2014 for “Sherlock.” Cumberbatch also was nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for “The Imitation Game.”
Elba now has five Emmy nominations, almost all for “Luther,” and an additional one in 2010 for “The Big C.”
Those two aren’t alone. Kirsten Dunst is one of the nominees for lead actress in a limited series thanks to her critically acclaimed role in “Fargo” this past season. Dunst, who has earned her first nomination, played Hendril in the 1993 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “Dark Page.”
Jonathan Banks, the amazing Mike Ehrmantraut from “Breaking Bad” is up for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series thanks to playing the same character in “Breaking Bad’s” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.” But before that, he played Shel-la in the 1993 “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode “Battle Lines.” This is Banks’ fourth Emmy nod, getting his first back in 1989 for “Wiseguy.”
Critics also seem to love Christian Slater for his role in “Mr. Robot,” and the Emmys agree, giving him a nod for that popular USA network series. This is Slater’s first Emmy nomination, and he once used his love for Star Trek to get a bit role in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” in 1991 — despite the fact he already was a big-name actor by then.
You likely enjoy Reg E. Cathey in Netflix’s “House of Cards” as the former barbecue restaurant owner Freddy. He’s still getting accolades for that role, looking to earn his second Emmy in as many years for “House of Cards with his third nomination. But if you look back at 1993 (seems to be a popular year for Trek), Cathey played Morag in the TNG episode “Aquiel.”
Even the star of the upcoming “Beyond” has not been left out. Chris Pine is up for outstanding character voice-over performance for his work in “SuperMansion.” This is the new Kirk’s first Emmy nomination. He has to get only six more to catch up to William Shatner.
Although we look at actors a lot, we can’t forget all the amazing and talented people behind the camera that have helped bring Star Trek to life in both television and movies. And many of them are still getting recognition for their work today. Here’s a partial list …
• Mark Worthington of “American Horror Story: Hotel” is up for outstanding production design for a narrative contemporary or fantasy program of at least an hour. He is a credited production designer on the new Star Trek series planned for CBS All Access.
• Linda A. King is up for the same award as Worthington for her work in “The Man in the High Castle.” She was a set designed for “Star Trek: First Contact” in 1996, and did uncredited art department model making work for 1994’s “Star Trek: Generations.”
* Andrew Clement‘s prosthetic design work for the HBO movie “All the Way” is up for outstanding prosthetic makeup for a series, limited series, movie or special. He was a makeup artist for 2009’s “Star Trek.”
• Eryn Krueger Mekash and Mike Mekash are up for the same award as Clement for “American Horror Story: Hotel” on FX. Both did uncredited special makeup effects work in “Into Darkness.” Other members of their Emmy-nominated team also have Trek connections. Bradley A Palmer did uncredited special effects makeup work as well for “Into Darkness.” Bart Mixon worked on “Into Darkness” uncredited, as well as “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: Nemesis” in 2002 and uncredited work in “First Contact.” James MacKinnon did prosthetic makeup work on both “Star Trek” and “First Contact.” David Leroy Anderson was the makeup department head for “Into Darkness” and Glen Eisner did uncredited work as a makeup sculptor for “Into Darkness.”
• Continuing in that category, Jake Garber was nominated for his makeup effects artistry in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He was a makeup artist on “Nemesis,” “Insurrection,” “First Contact” and did uncredited work on both “Star Trek: Enterprise” and DS9. Also nominated from his team is Garrett Immel who did makeup work on the 2005 “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode “United.”
• Aladino Debert, the lead visual effects artist for the Starz series “Black Sails,” is up for outstanding visual effects. He did 3-D animation work for “Nemesis.” Also nominated from his team is Olaf Wendt, who was a senior compositor on “Into Darkness.”
• Competing against the “Black Sails” team are Joe Bauer and Eric Carney for the “Game of Thrones” episode “Battle of the Bastards.” Bauer was a visual effects coordinator for both TNG and “Star Trek: Voyager” between 1993 and 1996, and Carney was a pre-visualization artist for “Star Trek” in 2009.
• Two members of the “Better Call Saul” team up for outstanding visual effects in a supporting role are connected to Trek. William Powloski did motion control camera work for “Undiscovered Country” while Eric Chauvin was a matte artist for “Voyager” in 2001, along with some uncredited work for “Enterprise.”
• Competing against them in that category is Bruce Branit from “11.22.63,” who was a computer graphics animation supervisor for “Enterprise” in 2003, and a digital effects artist for DS9 for a dozen episodes in the 1990s.
• Finally, up against everyone else in this category, Darrell Dean Pritchett is being recognized for his work on “The Walking Dead” episode “No Way Out.” He handled mechanical special effects for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” in 1979.
“Game of Thrones,” which won the Emmy for outstanding drama last year, leads the way again with 23 nominations. “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo” are right behind with 22 and 18 nominations respectively.
The Emmys air Sept. 18.