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Emma Stone, Benny Safdie, Nathan Fielder




Emma Stone, Benny Safdie, Nathan Fielder

Showtime’s satirical thriller ‘The Curse,’ created by stars Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie and also starring Emma Stone, has shared its Emmy submission plans exclusively with Variety.

The three multi-hyphenates will get more than one shot at recognition in various categories for producing, acting, directing, writing and editing.

‘The Curse’ explores the tumultuous lives of a married couple (Fielder and Stone) who face a series of setbacks while filming an HGTV series in New Mexico. Their challenges are compounded by a questionable “curse” and a manipulative producer (Safdie), who together threaten both the show and their relationship.

Stone, fresh off her second Best Actress Oscar win for her role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things,” is eyeing her first Emmy nod. She is seeking recognition for her portrayal of Whitney, the co-host of the couple’s show about eco-friendly homes. Additionally, Stone is vying to be a guest comedy actress for her hilarious performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” If she were to win in both categories, she would be the third woman to win both Oscars and Emmys for acting in the same year, a feat previously achieved by Helen Hunt in 1997 and Helen Mirren in 2006.

Stone also contributes as an executive producer, alongside Fielder and Safdie.

Benny Safdie as Dougie in THE CURSE, Season 1. Photo credit: John Paul Lopez/A24/Paramount+ with SHOWTIME.
A24/Paramount+ with Showtime

Both Fielder and Safdie each have four entries in the mix. They co-wrote the pilot, “Land of Enchantment,” which will represent the series in the writing category. Pilot episodes often receive positive attention from the writing peer group, likely making them eligible for mention.

Joining the lead drama actor role, Fielder is also in the directorial drama race for the wild and crazy finale episode “Green Queen,” starring guest drama actress candidate Rachael Ray. His only Emmy nomination came in 2019 for directing the variety series “Who is America?” with Sacha Baron Cohen. Maybe lightning can strike twice?

Fielder’s acting bid pits him against high-profile actors like Tom Hiddleston in “Loki,” Gary Oldman in “Slow Horses” and Dominic West in “The Crown,” in a tightly contested race with only six spots available.

Safdie, fresh off his success as part of the ensemble of Best Picture winner “Oppenheimer,” faces a potentially smoother path in the supporting category for his work as Dougie, the sleazy producer. With several actors from “The Crown” and “The Morning Show” threatening to split the votes among themselves, and with eight spots available, his competition includes only Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, as the father of the young girl who curses the couple . He could be getting his first career Emmy nomination.

Additionally, Safdie edited the episode “Down and Dirty”, one of two episodes submitted by the network in this category; the other is Adam Locke-Norton’s acclaimed work on the finale.

Showtime put forward 29 entries for consideration, but this list is not complete as actors and artisans can also submit themselves.

Read: All Primetime Emmy predictions in every category at Variety Awards circuit.

  • Outstanding Drama Series – Joshua Bachove, Ronald Bronstein, Ashley Browning, Marissa Cattel, Nathan Fielder, Ali Herting, Carrie Kemper, Adam Locke-Norton, Dave McCary, Mary Beth Minthorn, Ravi Nandan, Alli Reich, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Emma Steen , Kaitlin Waldron, Inman Young
  • Writing for a Drama Series – Episode 101 – “Land of Enchantment” – Nathan Fielder & Benny Safdie, written by
  • Direction for a Drama Series – Episode 110 – “Green Queen” – Nathan Fielder, directed by
  • Cinematography for a one-camera series (one hour) — Maceo Bishop, director of photography
  • Lead actor in a drama series: Nathan Fielder
  • Lead actress in a drama series: Emma Stone
  • Supporting role in a drama series: Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi
  • Supporting role in a drama series: Nizhonniya Luxi Austin, Hikmah Warsame
  • Guest actor in a drama series: Corbin Bernsen, Vincent Pastore
  • Guest actress in a drama series – Constance Shulman, Rachael Ray, Dahabo Ahmed
  • Casting for a drama series — Jennifer Venditti, Angelique Midthunder, Casting by
  • Production design for a narrative contemporary program (one hour or more) — Katie Byron, production designer
  • Image Editing for a Drama Series — Adam Locke-Norton, ACE, Editor – Episode 110 “Green Queen” and Benny Safdie – Episode 108 – “Down and Dirty”
  • Contemporary costumes – Katina Danabassis, costume designer
  • Contemporary hair styling – Ahou Mofid, head of the hair department
  • Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) — Svetlana Britt, Head of Makeup
  • Musical Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) — John Medeski, music by
  • Music Supervision — Sarah Maniquis-Garrisi, music supervisor
  • Sound editing for a comedy or drama series (one hour) — Nick Forshager, supervising sound editor
  • Mixing sound for a comedy or drama series (one hour) – Phillip Bladh, Production Sound Mixer, Larry Benjamin, Re-Recording Mixer, Tim Hoogenakker, Re-Recording Mixer
  • Stunt Coordination for Drama Programming — Timothy Eulich, Stunt Coordinator
  • Special Visual Effects in One Episode – Episode 110 – “Green Queen” – Ingenuity, Eric Binmoeller, Visual Effects by