Emmys: Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo’s documentary films could compete
The Grammys took place in April, but we may not be done with the music award winners just yet. Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigue, Sheryl Ravenand The Beatles are the subject of documentary programs eligible for this year’s Emmys. Will they be recognized by the TV Academy as they were by the Recording Academy?
Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” didn’t win any Grammys, alas, despite its seven nominations including album of the year. But her Disney+ special “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” is Emmy-eligible and is submitted for Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special, as well as for its musical direction, cinematography and sound mixing. However, Eilish isn’t a credited producer or music executive on “Love Letter,” so she herself won’t win an Emmy if she wins her top tier. Alas, the Grammy and Oscar winner will have to cross the E off her EGOT list elsewhere.
Rodrigo’s “Sour,” however, won Grammys this year, including Best Pop Album, while Rodrigo herself won Best New Artist. And she’s also on Disney+ with her special “Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U,” which is considered for nominations for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special, as well as awards for Directing, Cinematography, and Sound Mixing. . Like Eilish, however, Rodrigo isn’t a producer on the project, so the teenage escape wouldn’t be a recipient of its own Emmy either.
Showtime documentary ‘Sheryl’ chronicles the rock singer’s life and career and could join Eilish and Rodrigo’s films in best documentary or non-fiction special in addition to potential names for directing, picture editing , cinematography, music composition, songwriting and sound mixing. She didn’t produce the doc, but she wrote original songs for the soundtrack, so keep an eye out for her in the Best Music & Lyrics race.
Last but not least, Director peter jackson‘The Beatles: Get Back’ features footage of the legendary band that was shot in 1969 for their feature film ‘Let It Be’. The three-part program could be nominated in a separate category – Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Series – and is also seeking recognition for its direction, musical supervision, image editing, sound editing and mixing. In this case, the artists are eligible for recognition themselves as surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star are among the producers of the series.
There is precedent for musical films to win at the Emmys. Champions for best non-fiction documentary or special over the past decade include “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” (2012) and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (2016). And in the Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series category, “American Masters” won 10 times profiling artists in a variety of fields. So maybe the Emmys will face the music again in 2022.
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