Earlier this week we learned which episodes have been submitted for the Emmy nominated men of Westworld, and now it’s the women’s turn! Gold Derby brings us the news once again, disclosing the episodes choices for Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) and Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay). Wood is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while Newton is competing for Outstanding Supporting Actress . Check out the episodes below!
Evan Rachel Wood has opted to enter the second episode of season two – “Reunion.” Wood shows off her range here, as she gets to play Dolores as an innocent new host entering the real world (via flashbacks), as well as a commanding leader recruiting new soldiers to her cause in the aftermath of Ford’s death.
Thandie Newton’s episode choice is “Akane No Mai,” the season’s fifth episode focusing heavily on Shogun World. Not only does Newton have to portray Maeve adjusting to the culture of an entirely new park, she had to learn Japanese. This episode also introduces Maeve’s ability to control other hosts with her mind.
Do you agree with their submissions? What do you make of their chances for an Emmy this year?
Speaking of “Akane No Mai,” the Emmy nominated Production Designer, Howard Cummings, and Costume Designer, Sharen Davis, share how they created the Shogun World park in a new interview with IndieWire. Cummings and Davis were added to the Westworld crew for season two, which helped bring fresh ideas for designing this new world. “My impression of Sweetwater was as a viewer, not as a builder, in the first season, and when I got to read the script, [Shogun World] truly was a mirror image of Sweetwater. But Shogun World seemed like a natural because the films of Kurosawa and Westerns are very similar and tied together,” Cummings explains.
After researching Japan’s Edo period, Cummings decided to lay out the town like Sweetwater but with narrower streets. Since he was unable to find the right location elsewhere, he ended up designing Akane’s tea house and surrounding buildings off a back alley leading from the Sweetwater set. “In actuality, when [Maeve’s group] entered the town, the Mariposa saloon was right around the corner. Crew people loved it because you could walk from one world into the other on the same street.”
For the costumes, Davis wanted to be authentic but with Westworld influences. “I simplified by using the Edo period silhouette, and everyone who had new clothes had part of their real clothes,” she admits. “So even Maeve’s kimono dress is an expansion of her Western dress so that she’s still in her saloon outfit.”
Davis didn’t shy away from being original, however. “For the two dance kimonos, I wanted to ombre them, dipping the fabric and going from dark to light, so red becomes pink from bottom to top. Some of the men had leather bindings on their kimonos to go along with leather Tabi boots. It became a hybrid. The Samurai police [doshin] would’ve looked comical if they were authentic, so I darkened their clothes and made them tighter and geared them up to look more intimidating.” She adds, “Westworld pushes your creativity. You could have no fear. I made a decision and didn’t contemplate. I just went for it.”
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