Marvel's Egypt-inspired Moon Knight TV series scores eight Emmy nominations

Marvel's Egypt-inspired Moon Knight TV series scores eight Emmy nominations
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13 July, 2022
Action-adventure series Moon Knight, which features strong Egyptian and other Middle Eastern representation, was Marvel Studios' most-nominated television show
Moon Knight's diverse cast includes US-Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac [Leon Bennett/Getty]

Marvel Studios' Egypt-inspired television miniseries Moon Knight has scored eight Emmy Award nominations, the award body for American TV shows announced Tuesday.

The action-adventure series, which heavily features Egyptian mythology, was nominated for awards in sound, music, and costume categories, among others.

Among the nominations for the show - whose score was created by Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih - is Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special. 

The series has been praised by viewers of Middle Eastern and North African descent for its non-Orientalist portrayal of the region, and its use of songs from musical genres relatively unknown outside the MENA region.

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It has an Egyptian lead director Mohamed Diab, cast features actors of MENA origin, including Egyptian-Palestinian actress May Calamawy.

Elsewhere in the Emmy Award nominations are two actors of Middle Eastern descent.

American actor of Lebanese origin Tony Shalhoub is nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his performance in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while Iranian-American actor Arian Moayed was nominated in the Guest Actor in a Drama Series category for his role in Succession.