Kevin Costner, B.A. Business Administration-Marketing ’78, was nominated for an Emmy for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in the History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys. The miniseries raked in a total of 16 nominations, including Costner’s. The History Channel bills its first original dramatic miniseries as the “#1 cable telecast of all time.” It was released on DVD and Blue-ray in June.
Costner’s competition include his co-star of Hatfields and McCoys, Bill Paxton, as well as Woody Harrelson from HBO’s “Game Change”; Clive Owen from HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn”; Idris Elba from BBC America’s “Luther”; and Benedict Cumberbatch from PBS’ “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.”
The three-part miniseries was aired over Memorial weekend with a record of 13.9 million viewers for its premiere and continued to grow over the next two nights.
When nominations were announced, Costner was touring with his band “Modern West” which features music from the miniseries.
The veteran actor won his Oscar for directing the 1990 blockbuster Dances with Wolves, which also took home best picture of the year.
The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on ABC Television on September 23, 2012.