Northeast Iowan Falls Short of Emmy Win
It was television's biggest night on Monday, September 12th. Industry professionals from all over gathered to honor some of the biggest names in the medium.
One Iowa native received an Emmy nomination for his work on a tv series.
Any awards show is filled with some major highs and lows. This is especially so for the nominees.
One of the Emmy nominees for this year includes an Iowa native named Matthew Hemesath. He got his start in show business through his high school theater program in Calmar. The South Winneshiek High School alum went to Coe College for undergrad school.
According to a story from the Gazette, Hemesath initially went to school for acting but fell into costumes and costume design. He ended up getting an MFA in Costume Design from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
The Emmy he was nominated for was given out at the Creative Arts Emmys. These were held over a two day period a week before the Primetime Emmys.
Some of the categories for this award show include; Individual Achievement in Animation, Directing for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Period Costumes.
The latter being the category Hemesath was nominated in.
You can stream the Creative Arts Emmys on Hulu or right here.
This is the Calmar native's second Emmy nomination. His first came about in 2017 for his work on 'Sesame Street.' His older brother Brian also works in the business as a costume designer for the same program.
Brian has received 3 Emmy awards and 6 nominations.
Talk about a talented family...
This time around, Matthew's nomination didn't come from costuming characters on a beloved children's program, but actually from dressing up the first ladies of the United States.
Hemesath worked as a co-costume designer on a Showtime anthology program called 'The First Lady.' It follows the lives of several of the most famous first ladies in American history.
He was a part of the team that successfully attempted to recreate the looks of Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.
The team behind 'The First Lady' did not end up taking home the Emmy award. It was a tough competition for this coveted prize.
The full list of nominees for Outstanding Period Costumes included; 'The First Lady,' 'Bridgerton,' 'Angelyne,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' and 'The Great.'
It was the latter that ended up taking home the Emmy.
Some other projects that Hemesath has worked on include; the second season of 'Girls5EVA', 'John Wick 3', and 'The Today Show.'