Ramy Youssef on the set of Ramy at Hulu | Photo by Craig Blankenhorn; courtesy Westchester County Tourism & Film
As film and television production returns to Westchester County, these locally shot productions are earning award nominations.
Following various postponements and cancelations due to COVID-19, film and television productions have recently started getting back into the swing of things in Westchester County, and what better way to celebrate than with the announcement of this year’s nominees for the Golden Globes awards? With its thriving film and production industry, Westchester has notably received seven nominations this year, in top categories for productions filmed in the county.
“These nominations highlight our diverse locations and film-friendly climate,” says Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “The recognition signals the quality of production that’s taking place in Westchester and represents just a small slice of the success we have had with the film and television industry.”
This year’s nominees include the HBO Max comedy, The Flight Attendant, which filmed at the Motel 6 in Elmsford, The Galleria in White Plains, and at a private residence on Buckout Road in West Harrison. Leading actress Kaley Cuoco and the ensemble cast have received multiple Golden Globe nominations for acting, while the show itself has been nominated for Best Series (Musical or Comedy).
Amazon drama Hunters, which filmed in Yonkers and in the Village of Ossining, has also garnered praise, with Al Pacino earning a nomination for Best Actor in a TV Drama for his starring role in the show. Ramy Youssef has also received a Best Actor nod for starring in namesake Hulu comedy Ramy, which most recently filmed in the Westchester County Correctional Facility.
The film industry continues to thrive in Westchester despite the pandemic, with productions that have recently (i.e., since November) been filmed in the county including Sesame Street at Harvest Moon Orchard; Law & Order: SVU, For Life, and The Blacklist in Tibbetts Brook Park; Manifest at Cranberry Lake Preserve; Pose in Tuckahoe; Halston in White Plains; City on a Hill in both White Plains and Mount Vernon, and royal drama Succession filming at Westchester County Airport, as reported on Reddit back in November.
“It’s great to see film crews returning to Westchester County, bringing economic benefit to our cities, towns, and villages,” says Latimer. “Of course, it’s always a point of pride to see Westchester’s fantastic locations on screen. Going forward, we’re eager to work with location scouts and managers, producers, directors, and designers to help plan successful and safe productions.”
The 78th annual Golden Globe awards will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and will premiere on February 28, 2021.