Paul McCartney and the Beatles are locked in an Emmy battle with two of their respective music documentaries up against each other for sound editing and mixing awards.
The group’s critically acclaimed Disney+ series The Beatles: Get Back snagged five Emmy nominations in this year’s awards, getting signaled out Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series; Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program for Peter Jackson‘s directorial work on the third of the three-part series; Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program for Jabez Olssen on Part Three; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) for Martin Kwok and his crew on Part Three; and also for Part Three, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) for Michael Hedges.
McCartney 3,2,1 — “Macca’s” groundbreaking Hulu series with producer Rick Rubin got nods for both Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program for Stuart Winecoff on the “These Things Bring You Together” episode; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) for Jonathan Greber and his crew for the “The People We Loved Were Loving Us!” episode; and for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) for Gary A. Rizzo and Laura Cunningham for the “These Things Bring You Together” episode.
During a chat with BBC radio, Paul McCartney spoke about Peter Jackson’s Get Back movie, and admitted that he was worried the raw footage would find the “Fab Four” at their end of their tenure, angry, and exhausted with one another: “He got back to me and said, ‘No — it’s a laugh. It’s just four guys working — and y’know, you can see you making up songs, and George (Harrison) wonderin’ about the lyric to ‘Something in the way she moves’ — or me trying to figure out ‘Get Back.’ And he’s shown me little bits and pieces of it and it’s great — I love it, I must say, ’cause it’s how it was. It just reminds me — even though we had arguments, like any family — that we loved each other, y’know, and it shows in the film. It’s a very warm feeling — and it’s amazing just being backstage with these people making this music that turned out to be good.”
The 2022 Emmy Awards are set to air live on September 12th at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on on NBC. The show will also stream live on Peacock.