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'American Horror Story: Coven' earns multiple 2014 makeup/FX Emmy nominations

Kathy Bates earned a 2014 Emmy nomination for her distinctly terrifying portrayal of Madame Delphine LaLaurie.
Valerie Hulet McCarty for Lori Melton Used with Permssion via Tinsley Studio

The 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced in a live broadcast and via the offical Emmy website earlier today, July 10, and “American Horror Story: Coven” earned an impressive 17 total nominations, including Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special. This marks the third year the highly talented and innovative "American Horror Story" makeup/FX teams have earned Emmy nominations.

“Coven’s” Outstanding Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) team nominees are: Department Head Makeup Artist Eryn Krueger Mekash, Key Makeup Artist Kim Ayers and Makeup Artists Vicki Vacca, Mike Mekash, Christopher Nelson and Lucy O’Reilly.

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup team nominees are: Department Head Makeup Artist Eryn Krueger Mekash, Key Special Makeup Effects Artist Mike Mekash, Prosthetic Designers Christien Tinsley and Jason Hamer and Makeup Effects Artists Christopher Nelson, David L. Anderson, Cristina Patterson and Rob Freitas.

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Department Head Makeup Artist and Mike Mekash, Makeup Artist, are also notably nominated again this year in the Non-Prosthetic category for their work on the Ryan Murphy directed HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart,” along with Key Makeup Artist Sherri Berman Laurence, Makeup Artists Nicky Pattison and LuAnn Claps and Personal Makeup Artist Carla White.

“Coven” is the third installment of the groundbreaking horror anthology series and garnered the highest ratings in "American Horror Story" history. All sorts of astounding achievements in makeup/FX raised the visual fright factor in the tortured and restless spirits who inhabited the world of "Murder House" as well as for the dark and disturbed inmates trapped at the "Asylum."

"Coven" centered on the ongoing historical feud between Salem witch descendants and Voodoo practitioners in modern day New Orleans. The mystical and magical characters quickly cast a spell on the viewing audience and the makeup/FX served to enhance and instensify the wildly popular installment's appeal.

Consider Voodoo devil Papa Legba’s creepy eyes and face, the minotaur, the maimed bodies of Delphine LaLaurie’s slaves, LaLaurie's decapitated head, the legion of zombies Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) slayed, the crudely sewn together Franken-Kyle (Evan Peters), aging, sick Fiona (Jessica Lange) and the burned face and grotesque milky eyes of Cordelia (Sarah Paulson). The remarkable team and individual efforts used to create and apply the intricate, realistic and detailed makeup effects brought these unforgettable characters vividly to life.

Since its 2011 series inception, “American Horror Story” has earned well-deserved critical acclaim and a host of Primetime Emmy nominations. Last year, “American Horror Story: Asylum” led the Emmy race with 17 nominations and in its first season, tied with “Mad Men” to lead the pack again with 17 nods. Perhaps the number 17 carries some magical charm for the series because “Coven” earned another 17 total Emmy nods this year including Outstanding Miniseries.

Other behind-the-scenes teams also play key roles in completing the overall vision for any given character or story world aspect. The amazing work in “American Horror Story: Coven” was also recognized with 2014 Emmy nominations for Hairstyling, Costumes, Art Direction, Casting, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music Composition. Series co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk earned an Outstanding Writing nod for penning the riveting season premiere episode “Bi*tchcraft” and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon picking up his own Emmy nod for directing the episode.

The lovely-yet-lethal “Coven” ladies are proudly represented in the Emmy acting categories with Jessica Lange being nominated for her rich and regal portrayal of coven Supreme Fiona Goode. This is Jessica's third time out as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work on AHS. She won in the category in 2012.

Sarah Paulson picked up her first Lead Actress nomination this year.She earned an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination last year for her incomparable portrayal of journalist Lana Winters who voluntarily checked herself into the “Asylum” to expose the corruption within only to find herself in a terrifying race for her own survival.

Cast newbies and Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett join veteran “American Horror Story” cast member Frances Conroy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominees. The “Coven” cast mates capture three of the six nominee slots in this category.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented live on August 16, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented live on August 25, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on NBC at 8 pm ET.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres on FX in October 2014.