Actor Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in the series' final episode. Actor Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in the series' final episode. Actor Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in the series' final episode. (Photo: Dusan Matincek / National Geographic)

Academy honors 'Genius' series with 10 Emmy nominations

National Geographic's show about Albert Einstein drew much critical praise.

Fans of the National Geographic "Genius" series, produced by Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer about the life of Albert Einstein, know that we kind of geeked out about the show. To the point where we stayed up late at night to pen weekly episode recaps. Einstein's life made for must-see TV, and it's now getting the recognition it deserves.

The series, which wrapped up its 10-episode run in June, was just nominated for ten Emmy Awards. Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who portrayed Einstein in his later years, was nominated for lead actor in a limited series or movie.

The 66-year-old Rush has already won the Triple Crown of Acting: the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award and the Tony Award for previous roles. (All he would need is a Grammy to be one of the rare entertainers with all four, collectively referred to as the EGOT.) Rush is up against some tough competition in his Emmy category with fellow Oscar winner Robert De Niro and fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch.

The list of nominees for lead actor in a limited series or movie.The list of nominees for lead actor in a limited series or movie. (Photo: CBS)

The show itself was also nominated for outstanding limited series. The category is a bit strange as it allows shows that are "one-offs" like HBO's "The Night Of" to compete against shows that have run over multiple seasons, like FX's "Fargo."

The list of nominees for outstanding limited series.The list of nominees for outstanding limited series. (Photo: CBS)

In addition to those two nominations in the major categories, the series received eight more – including Outstanding Directing for Ron Howard for his work on the first episode. Other categories in which it was nominated were:

  • Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Limited Series Or Movie
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Limited Series Or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series Or Movie
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

We're not surprised Einstein's iconic mustache helped it garner the hairstyling nomination.

The series is riding a renewed wave of pop culture depictions of the beloved genius. "The interest in Einstein does not fade into history," Hanoch Gutfreund, the director of the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told From The Grapevine. "If one can say anything about this, the interest in Einstein increases with time. It's greater now."

After the finale of the Einstein episodes, National Geographic announced that next year's "Genius" series would focus on the life of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

The 69th Emmys, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 on CBS. You can watch the Emmy nominations announcement below:

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