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Top 4 Emmy Composer Contenders You Should Know About

Emmy season is fast approaching -- here are my picks for what composers will be taking home those cool looking trophies.

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Leo Birenberg

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Alas, dear TV enthusiasts everywhere! Last week we received the horrible news -- Fox’s animated/live-action hybrid Son of Zorn is officially cancelled. Though the show’s life was cut well short of its potential, we were at the very least graced with 13 wonderful episodes, scored by none other than established Hollywood composer Leo Birenberg. There were an insane number of memorable musical moments from the show, not least of which include a full length SoZ mixtape, including a country track, a dance track, and more. Though the show may be over, Leo’s rise to Hollywood music stardom is just beginning, and the Academy should be recognizing him for his expert, musical blend of Christmas Carols with Zorn's hometown holiday of Grafelnik.

Hans Zimmer/Jacob Shea/Jasha Klebe

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Thought: Planet Earth 2 is just dope. Another thought: that might be the most obvious statement on the entire internet. Anyone who’s seen the super high production value BBC nature doc knows that there’s absolutely nothing like it out there. Some of the footage found in the show took 5+ years to get. Combine this with David Attenborough’s luscious voice and an orchestral masterpiece from a certain Mr. Hans Zimmer and his two protoges Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe of Bleeding Fingers Music, and you get a product that, if not sweeping the Emmys, will certainly do well. Certainly, the Earth has enjoyed this trio's efforts, with the infamous Iguana vs. Snakes scene going viral and carrying their musical worldwide

Duncan Thum

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Cooking shows are one of humanity’s greatest inventions. They combine the universal pleasure of tasty eats with the universal appeal of a well produced TV show. Put them together and you’ve got a lot of dopamine in the brain, and potentially a few extra pounds around the midsection. One of my favorite food-related shows is Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” a show that focuses on one superstar chef per episode, giving you a look at their craft, style, and hopefully some new inspiration to start deviating from frozen pizza dinners 5 days a week. Duncan Thum provides the shows music, delivering a wonderful score that constantly reinvents itself with new musical palettes as refined and diverse as the chefs the show tracks around the world. Thum's scores successfully highlight the abstract and visceral delicacies that light up the screen, and have already led him to 2 nominations, with a victory surely on the way in the not-too-distant future.

Siddhartha Khosla

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This is Us is one of the most tear-jerking dramas I’ve ever been foolish enough to watch in front of my hubby. He hates it when the waterworks drop, but I’m not going to apologize for my honest reactions to an amazing drama. Besides the awesome cast and writing, the most underrated part of the show is its music from composer Siddhartha Khosla. He might actually be the one to blame for my constant puffy eyes - whirling crescendos, soft guitars and the like turn on the tearflow like onions! Surely the highlight, beyond the phenonemal score, was Siddhartha's work on the Blues chart-topping hit, "You Can Always Come Back to This" -- which sure to take away the victory for best music & lyrics.

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