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USM alumni win big at 2019 Emmy Awards

Two University of Southern Maine (USM) alumni added statues to their growing collections of Emmy Awards in September, marking the university's impact on the shifting television landscape. 

Tony Shalhoub '77: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Actor Tony Shalhoub ‘77

Actor and 1977 USM theatre graduate Tony Shalhoub added another Emmy award to his assemblage when he was honored with the Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the Amazon Prime show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Shalhoub thanked show creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, repeating their names and varied titles as writers, producers and directors.

“It takes a village,” he quipped from the stage of Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.

He previously won three Emmy Awards as best actor in a comedy for his title role in the TV show, “Monk.” Besides his extensive TV and stage work, he has appeared in many movies including “Big Night,” “Men in Black,” “Galaxy Quest” and “Barton Fink.” 

In January, Shalhoub won two Screen Actors Guild Awards — one for male actor in a comedy series and another as part of the ensemble — for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” In June 2018, Shalhoub took home his first Tony Award for his role in the musical “The Band’s Visit."

He is currently giving back to USM by serving as the honorary chair of the Leadership Committee for the planned Center for the Arts. The Center, which is in the initial stages of fundraising, will help elevate awareness of our superb reputation in music, theater and the visual arts.

David Lovejoy '10: Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program

David Lovejoy and crew with Emmy AwardsCinematograper and documentarian David Lovejoy ’10 has for the second year in a row won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his work on the BBC Studios show “Life Below Zero.”

Lovejoy, a 2010 graduate of USM’s Communication and Media Studies program, won the award for “Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program.” This year, Lovejoy served as director of photography for the show, which chronicles the lives of residents in remote Alaska and airs on the National Geographic Channel.

Lovejoy won the same award in 2018 as a camera operator for the show, saying at the time he was “over the moon” about the experience.

“I get an opportunity to see things that I probably would never see any other way," Lovejoy said after his first Emmy win.