Alberta-Produced The Last of Us Bags Eight Emmys Including a Win for Michael Playfair

Published January 8, 2024

HBO's The Last of Us, produced in Alberta, had an impressive showing at the Emmy Awards. The series clinched a total of eight accolades, with one award going to Michael Playfair, a sound expert hailing from Calgary.

Calgarian's First Emmy Triumph

Michael Playfair, alongside colleagues Marc Fishman and Kevin Roache, received the honor for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series. Marking a career milestone, this recognition is Playfair's first Emmy win after five nominations. Previously, he had been nominated for his work on Fargo three times and for the mini-series Broken Trail.

Alberta as a Filming Powerhouse

Filmed across 180 locations in Alberta, The Last of Us also secured awards in categories like Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The show's significant presence in Alberta is highlighted by its $141-million budget spent within the province and its contribution to job creation with nearly 1,500 jobs, making it the largest production in Canada's history.

In addition to technical categories, the show's cast members Storm Reid and Nick Offerman were honored as Outstanding Guest Actress and Actor for their performances. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where The Last of Us showcased its sweep, celebrates the artistic and technical brilliance in American television.

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