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Alien-Related Mini- Series Facts and Trivia: “Taken” (2002) II

The Steven Spielberg production of “Taken,” which takes a look at alien contact with the human species gained a great deal of attention at award ceremonies, such as the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Some participants in the production were rewarded with industry recognition in the form of actual wins and nominations in an array of categories. In this article, you will learn of these accolades, as well as trivia and facts concerning the show.

Award Nominations for “Taken”

Art Directors Guild , Nominated for Excellence in Production Design Award Television in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. The production designer Chris Gorak and art director Michael N. Wong were amongst the people receiving accolades.

Golden Globes , Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Emmy Awards , Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic); Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (for their work on part III, which was titled “High Hopes”), Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie (for the first episode titled “Beyond the Sky”), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (for episode 9 titled “John”); Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (for the second episode titled “Jacob and Jesse”)

Canadian Network of Makeup Artists , Nominated for a CNOMA Award for Best Make-up Artist for a TV Series or Movie of the Week (Dana Hamel)

Cinema Audio Society , Nominated for a C.A.S. Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for Television (in MOW’s and Mini-Series). The re-cording mixers (Chris Haire, Richard L. Morrison, and Chris Elam) and the production mixer (Lars Ekstrom) gained attention for their work on part IX.

Motion Picture Sound Editors , Nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form (Dialogue & ADR), which acknowledged the work of the supervising sound editor and several dialogue editors.

Writers Guild of America , Nominated for a WGA Award (in the television category) for Original Long Form. Leslie Bohem was given credit for her work on the first and second episodes, titled “Beyond The Sky” and “Jacob And Jess.”

Young Artist Awards , Dakota Fanning was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special (in the category of Leading Young Actress). Anton Yelchin was also acknowledged in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special for Supporting Young Actor.

The First Episode

The first episode of “Taken” was called “Beyond the Sky,” It showed a bombing mission that took place over Germany in December 1944, where Captain Russell Keys is a survivor of a plane crash that occurs after he comes in contact with bright lights decorating the sky. When the war is over, he encounters disturbing nightmares that show odd beings mistreating him. The nightmares continue and after some time, he finds out that nearly all of his crew has since passed away. Later on, he learns that aliens have the ability to take on the form of a human. Viewers also meet lonesome housewife Sally Clark, who helps out as traveler named John and soon finds herself pregnant and visited by Crawford.