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NM-filmed ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘El Camino’ pick up 12 Emmy noms

Aaron Paul, left, and Vince Gilligan film a scene for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” (Courtesy of Netflix)

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Netflix is king.

The streaming giant unseated HBO as the record holder for most Emmy nominations, garnering 160 on Tuesday.

HBO came in second, scoring 107 nominations. Its series “Watchmen” leads the pack with 26 nominations.

Netflix has been making moves in the industry within the past five years. In 2018, the company purchased Albuquerque Studios and has made a production hub in the Mesa del Sol area with a 10-year agreement.

While Netflix flexes its muscle in the industry, the universe Vince Gilligan created with “Breaking Bad” continues to resonate with not only audiences but critics more than a decade after its premiere.

Gilligan made New Mexico home to “Breaking Bad,” “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” and “Better Call Saul.”

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in a scene from “Better Call Saul.” (Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

“El Camino” was filmed in New Mexico in late 2018 and Netflix released it in October 2019. It picked up four Emmy nominations on Tuesday.

The feature length film centers on Jesse Pinkman, played by Emmy winner Aaron Paul, who after breaking free from captivity has to come to terms with his past to move forward.

The film earned a nomination for outstanding television movie, outstanding single-camera picture editing for a limited series or movie, as well as outstanding sound mixing and sound editing.

Not to be outdone, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” picked up eight nominations, including one in the coveted outstanding drama series.

In that category, it will compete against “The Crown, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Killing Eve,” “The Mandalorian,” “Ozark,” “Stranger Things” and “Succession.”

Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gus Fring on “Saul,” picked up a nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. He was nominated in both 2019 and in 2012 for his role as Fring.

“We have a wonderful cast at ‘Better Call Saul,’ who are always present with each other,” Esposito said during a conversation with SAG-AFTRA in June. “We’re blessed to have a cast that gets along with each other and knows each other’s idiosyncrasies.”

Esposito also grabbed a nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for his role as Moff Gideon in “The Mandalorian.”

“Better Call Saul” also picked up nominations for music supervision, short form comedy or drama series, sound editing, sound mixing and two writing nominations.

Alicia J. Keyes, Economic Development Department Cabinet secretary, said having Netflix as a film partner means that the company has a long-term commitment to produce film and TV in the state and create jobs for years to come.

“Their success is New Mexico’s success and that’s especially true with ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘El Camino,’ productions that came to the state for our competitive film incentives, but stayed or returned to New Mexico for our unique locations and talented crews,” Keyes said. “We congratulate Netflix on its record number of Emmy nominations and look forward to many years of collaboration.”


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