The HBO movie “Phil Spector” received 11 Emmy nominations according to the announcement made by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on July 17, 2013. The prestigious awards for excellence in television will be presented on Sept.22, 2013.
“Phil Spector” was honored with 11 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Al Pacino), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Helen Mirren), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (David Mamet) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (David Mamet).
Academy Award winners Al Pacino (HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack”; “Scent of a Woman”) and Helen Mirren (HBO’s “Elizabeth I”; “The Queen”) star in the film about the murder trial of legendary music producer Phil Spector (Pacino). The story is about the client-attorney relationship between Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Mirren), who represented Spector during his first murder trial.
“Phil Spector” is executive produced by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson (HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack”; “Rain Man”) and David Mamet and produced by Emmy® winner Michael Hausman (HBO’s “Recount”). The film also stars Emmy nominee Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as Bruce Cutler, the original lead defense attorney on the Spector team, and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Kinky Boots,” HBO’s “Tsunami: The Aftermath”) as a mock prosecutor.
David Mamet wrote the story, which he describes as mythological story rather than a news story. Mamet begins his film with the card, “This is a work of fiction. It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.”
The story is about the relationship between the attorney and client, in a case in which the public does not approve of the client. As Mamet explains, “The story is her coming to grips with the notion of what is reasonable doubt, and what is prejudice.”
The top nomination for the film was for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Contenders in the category include “American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX Networks), “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO), “The Bible” (History), “Political Animals” (USA), and “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel).
HBO has had the most Emmy nominations of any network for 13 years. The fantasy series “Game of Thrones” was the top HBO nominee with 16 nominations. “Behind the Candelabra,” about Liberace, received 15 nominations. The movie “Phil Spector” received 11 nominations. The Prohibition Era series “Boardwalk Empire” received 10 nominations. HBO boasts 108 Emmy nominations leading all networks for 13th year
HBO fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ gets 16 Emmy nominations
‘Behind the Candelabra’ receives 15 Emmy nominations
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