La Cañada Flintridge resident and “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin struck Emmy gold last weekend, picking up two trophies for the HBO drama that altogether collected 10 of the statuettes, including seven Creative Arts Emmys the show received the previous weekend.
On Sunday, Mazin took home the award for outstanding writing for a limited series or movie, and the executive director was recognized again as “Chernobyl” triumphed for outstanding limited series or movie. The drama about a disastrous nuclear accident also received distinction for directing, with Johan Renck getting the award. HBO emerged from the Emmys with 34 wins — the most of any network — including victories in creative arts categories.
“We’re all thrilled that the [Television] Academy honored us this way,” Mazin said in a statement provided to The Outlook this week. “It was a terrific night, and I’m so proud of our entire team.”
Taking center stage as he received the two awards, Mazin thanked his fellow “Chernobyl” producers and his wife, Melissa.
“I was supported and guided throughout the process of making ‘Chernobyl’ by five amazing women,” he said, naming a group of producers “and my wife, Melissa Mazin.”
Later, after “Chernobyl” won outstanding limited series or movie, he stood on stage with cast and crew members and said, “I hope that in some small way our show has helped remind people of the value of the truth. And the danger of the lie.”
He also explained that the Russian phrase “vichnaya pamyat” means eternal memory.
“I’d like to think that in television we can do that with eternal memories. We can make stories be known permanently, and that’s a remarkable power and responsibility.”
The five-part series was a retelling of the 1986 Chernobyl event — the worst nuclear plant disaster in history — in Soviet Ukraine. Mazin wrote the series at home in LCF and at his office in Old Pasadena.
He and his wife received the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Spirit of Outstanding Service Award this year.
Melissa Mazin said she was thrilled to see her husband’s vision and hard work recognized at the Emmys.
“It was an honor to share the evening with him and to celebrate with the entire ‘Chernobyl’ team, who are all incredibly talented, caring and supportive people,” she said. “Craig has said that his experience on ‘Chernobyl’ was the most rewarding creative journey he’s every taken, and you could feel that love and appreciation in the room. It was wonderful. With ‘Chernobyl,’ Craig has contributed something of great meaning and beauty to the world, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
La Cañada Unified Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said on Tuesday she was thrilled for Craig Mazin’s honors.
“He and Melissa have been such active supporters for the district and they do that all on their spare time,” Sinnette said with a laugh. “He’s immensely talented and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
She said Mazin has been an active participant in the LCFEF, including serving as president. “He led, back in 2010, the parent group that came forward to actively recruit funding in the financial crisis,” Sinnette said. “It was a task force on financial stability which helped get our class sizes back down. It helped to reinstate positions we had to terminate because of the recession. So he was really active there.”
Sinnette added he had been an active member of the Technology, Design and Review Committee, working with LCUSD chief technology officer Jamie Lewsadder, as well as a strong advocate for the district’s student wellness initiative with Melissa Mazin.
“There are myriad ways he’s contributed to the district and it was really wonderful to be able to see him get such a prestigious recognition,” Sinnette said.
The Creative Arts Emmys the series won recently include:
• Cinematography for a limited series or movie (for the episode “Please Remain Calm”)
• Sound editing for a limited series, movie or special (for the episode “1:23:45”)
• Music composition for a limited series, movie or special (original dramatic score for the episode “Please Remain Calm”)
• Single-camera picture editing for a limited series or movie (for the episode “Please Remain Calm”)
• Special visual effects in a supporting role (for the episode “1:23:45”)
• Production design for a narrative period or fantasy program (one hour or more)
• Sound mixing for a limited series or movie (for the episode “1:23:45”)
Two other LCF residents, actress Angela Bassett and her actor husband Courtney B. Vance, were also at the Emmys. Bassett and actor Peter Krause presented the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie to Jharrel Jerome for his role in the Netflix drama “When They See Us.”