If you didn’t already know, the 68th Emmy Awards are this Sunday! To get you primed for our favorite category—production design, naturally—we’re taking a quick look at the contenders vying for the top honors in narrative contemporary fantasy programming, narrative period shows, and narrative half-hour series. Did your favorite show make the cut?
From creating opulent hotels, to period sets, to stages shared by muppets and humans alike, production designers, art directors, and set decorators work together to build worlds that take us out of our everyday lives and thrust us into parallel universes that are fantastical, frightening, or altogether familiar.
Don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Sunday evening. And without further ado, here are the nominees.
American Horror Story: Hotel, FX Networks
Mark Worthington, Production Designer
Denise Hudson, Art Director
Ellen Brill, Set Decorator
Game Of Thrones, HBO
"Blood Of My Blood," "The Broken Man," "No One"
Deborah Riley, Production Designer
Paul Ghirardani, Art Director
Rob Cameron, Set Decorator
House of Cards, Netflix
"Chapter 41," "Chapter 47," "Chapter 48"
Steve Arnold, Production Designer
Halina Gebarowicz, Art Director
Tiffany Zappulla, Set Decorator
Penny Dreadful, Showtime
"Fresh Hell," "Evil Spirits In Heavenly Places," "And Hell Itself My Only Foe"
Jonathan McKinstry, Production Designer
Jo Riddell, Art Director
Philip Murphy, Set Decorator
The Man In The High Castle, Amazon
"The New World"
Drew Boughton, Production Designer
Linda King, Art Director
Brenda Meyers-Ballard, Set Decorator
Downton Abbey, PBS
"Part 5," "Part 7"
Donal Woods, Production Designer
Mark Kebby, Art Director
Linda Wilson, Set Decorator
Fargo, FX Networks
"Waiting For Dutch"
Warren A. Young, Production Designer
Elisabeth Williams, Art Director
Shirley Inget, Set Decorator
Masters Of Sex, Showtime
"The Excitement Of Release," "Surrogates," "Party Of Four"
Elizabeth H. Gray, Production Designer
Valerie Green, Art Director
Halina Siwolop, Set Decorator
"Not In Scotland Anymore," "Faith"
Jon Gary Steele, Production Designer
Nicki McCallum, Art Director
Gina Cromwell, Set Decorator
The Knick, Cinemax
"Ten Knots," "The Best With The Best To Get The Best," "Wonderful Surprises"
Howard Cummings, Production Designer
Laura Ballinger Gardner, Art Director
Regina Graves, Set Decorator
Silicon Valley, HBO
"Two In The Box," "Bachmanity Insanity," "Daily Active Users"
Richard Toyon, Production Designer
Oana Bogdan, Art Director
Jennifer Mueller, Set Decorator
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
"The Positive Negative Reaction," "The Big Bear Precipitation," "The Fermentation Bifurcation"
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Francoise Cherry-Cohen, Art Director
Ann Shea, Set Decorator
The Muppets, ABC
"The Ex-Factor," "Pigs In A Blackout," "Single All The Way"
Denise Pizzini, Production Designer
Don Diers, Set Decorator
"Kina Hora," "The Book Of Life," "Man On The Land"
Cat Smith, Production Designer
Macie Vener, Art Director
Susan Mina Eschelbach, Set Decorator
"The Eagle," "C**tgate"
Jim Gloster, Production Designer
Karen Steward, Art Director
Kimberly Wannop, Set Decorator