TV and aesthetics are tremendously important in our lives. So the Art Direction Nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards hold a special little part of our hearts. (And the idea of something literally holding a part of your heart is kind of gross – so let’s move on!)

Lost “Ab Aeterno” is a contender in Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series / Ph: Fox

We have the list of nominees for you below (The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Heroes, Lost, The Tudors, Modern Family…) and we will all find out the winners on August 21st, during the Academy’s Creative Art Awards at the Nokia Theatre (The 62nd Primetime Emmy’s will air on Sunday, August 29th.) A briefer, edited version of that day’s events will be shown on E!, Friday, August 27th.

(P.S. “What is art direction?” is not a stupid question, and can be answered here.)

While we did give it a go and pick our favorites for some of the major 2010 Emmy Nominations categories, it’s even more difficult to pick here. So we’re cheating, and not picking who should win! People in this field deserve more credit and appreciation than they ever get, so we’d like them to all get more recognition.


Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series
The Big Bang Theory · The Gothowitz Deviation · The Adhesive Duck Deficiency · CBS · Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Ann Shea, Set Decorator

Hell’s Kitchen · Episode 615 · FOX · ITV Studios in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions
John Janavs, Production Designer
Robert Frye, Art Director
Stephen Paul Fackrell, Set Decorator

How I Met Your Mother · Duel Citizenship · Of Course · Hooked · CBS · Twentieth Century Fox Television
Stephan G. Olson, Production Designer
Susan Eschelbach, Set Decorator

The New Adventures Of Old Christine · Subway, Somehow · Revenge Makeover · Sweet Charity · CBS · Kari’s Logo Here in association with Warner Bros. Television
Cabot McMullen, Production Designer
Amy Feldman, Set Decorator

Rules Of Engagement · 3rd Wheel · Ghost Story · Atlantic City · CBS · Happy Madison Productions and CBS Television Studios
Bernard Vyzga, Production Designer
Jerie Kelter, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series
Glee · Pilot – Director’s Cut · FOX · A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century Fox TV
Mark Hutman, Production Designer
Christopher Brown, Art Director
Barbara Munch, Set Decorator

Heroes · Brave New World · NBC · Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions
Ruth Ammon, Production Designer
Sandy Getzler, Art Director
Ron Franco, Set Decorator

Lost · Ab Aeterno · ABC · Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network and Studios
Zack Grobler, Production Designer
Matthew Jacobs, Art Director
Carol Bayne Kelley, Set Decorator

Modern Family · Moon Landing · Fears · ABC · Twentieth Century Fox Television
Richard Berg, Production Designer
Amber Marie-Angelique Haley, Set Decorator

True Blood · Never Let Me Go · I Will Rise Up · Frenzy · HBO · Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment
Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer
Cat Smith, Art Director
Laura Richarz, Set Decorator

The Tudors · Episode #407 · Episode #408 · Showtime · Showtime Presents in association with Peace Arch Entertainment and Take 5 Productions
Tom Conroy, Production Designer
Colman Corish, Art Director
Crispian Sallis, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie
Georgia O’Keeffe · Lifetime · Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television
Stephen Altman, Production Designer
John Bucklin, Supervising Art Director
Helen Britten, Set Decorator

The Pacific · HBO · Playtone and Dreamworks in association with HBO
Anthony Pratt, Production Designer
Dominic Hyman, Supervising Art Director
Richard Hobbs, Supervising Art Director
Scott Bird, Art Director
Jim Millet, Ship & Plane Art Director
Rolland Pike, Set Decorator Military
Lisa Thompson, Set Decorator

Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) · PBS · BBC/WGBH in association with Chestermead
Donal Woods, Production Designer
Mark Kebby, Art Director
Trisha Edwards, Set Decorator

Temple Grandin · HBO · A Ruby Films, Gerson Saines Production in association with HBO Films
Richard Hoover, Production Designer
Meghan C. Rogers, Art Director
Gabriella Villarreal, SDSA, Set Decorator

You Don’t Know Jack · HBO · Bee Holder, Cine Mosaic and Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
Mark Ricker, Production Designer
Amy Fritz, Art Director
Rena DeAngelo, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming
82nd Annual Academy Awards · ABC · Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
David Rockwell, Production Designer
Joe Celli, Art Director

American Idol · Idol Gives Back · FOX · FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.
James Yarnell, Production Designer
Gregg Rainwater, Art Director
David Edwards, Art Director

Saturday Night Live · Host: James Franco · Host: Jon Hamm · Host: Betty White · NBC · SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Eugene Lee, Production Designer
Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer
Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer
N. Joseph DeTullio, Art Director

The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien · Episode #1.1 · NBC · Conaco & NBC Universal
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Joe Stewart, Production Designer
Christopher Goumas, Art Director

63rd Annual Tony Awards · CBS · White Cherry Entertainment
Steve Bass, Production Designer
Seth Easter, Art Director

The Who Super Bowl Halftime Show · CBS · NFL Network
Bruce Rodgers, Production Designer
Sean Dougall, Art Director
Mai Sakai, Art Director

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