USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for 2021 Emmy Awards

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated for the 73rd Emmy Awards, announced on Tuesday, July 13th. Alum Michael Abels (BM ‘84) received double nominations for his work on HBO’s Allen v. Farrow including Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score), and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music), as did Aron Forbes (BM ‘07), earning a pair of nominations for Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry on Apple TV+ for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Or Reality Program.

Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the celebrated Screen Scoring program, was nominated in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) with Raphael Saadiq, for their work on HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

Award-winning composer and producer Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08), an alum of the Screen Scoring program, followed up his Emmy win last year for Disney+’s The Mandalorian with a consecutive nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score). 

Carlos Rafael Rivera (MM ‘04, DMA ‘10) scored a nomination for the episode “End Game” on Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit (Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special), while Christopher Lennertz (BM ‘95) earned a nomination for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics with Michael Saltzman for their original song “Never Truly Vanish” on the episode “The Big Ride” from The Boys on Amazon Prime.