September 21, 2017

James Lew- EMMY Winner!

Master James Lew has shattered the mythical glass ceiling. Asians in Hollywood garnering an Emmy is one of those enigmas that rarely happens. Hard to believe it was over 14 years ago I met Master James Lew. The man has paid his dues, humbly working hard and flying well under the radar. James has a career spanning 5 decades and this Emmy for stunt coordinating Luke Cage seems like an award for a career, as well as the fantastic series.

The Emmy’s, unlike the Academy Awards recognizes the stunt community, by giving awards to the coordinators. Again, this is so important as on any film or TV show, there can be dozens of stunt action professionals working, risking their lives for our enjoyment. Not to get on my soapbox, but this needs to change, all award shows need to at least have a stunt coordinator category, to recognize the difficult training and execution of the work these performers do.  Last I checked, a sound editor never was in life peril behind his computer. In some small way James Lew’s win feels like a redemption for action professionals Worldwide, as his humble attitude is the way most people in the profession are.

Below is the full link to Master James Lew’s speech, included as part of the Creative Emmys which were held a week earlier than the live show which took place September 17th.


The most important thing to take away is that Netflix has 20, yes 20 Emmys! A huge number, crushing network television and only behind HBO for total number. The Marvel series of shows on Netflix is raw, gritty, and unfiltered. Luke Cage is hyper-violent, in some cases sexual, and never apologetic. Luke Cage represents a masterful art in story telling, and it is very fitting that James Lew wins for this fantastic show, as the action is seamlessly incorporated into the story.

James recently contacted us saying “Danny, Thank you so very much for your incredible shout out! What a blessing to be able to do what I love and now even get an Emmy! I am extremely grateful for the support of all the action fans and all the members that voted for me. I am not doing Season 2 of Luke Cage. I do have several exciting projects that I am developing and focusing on right now. It is important that the stunt community receives the recognition of being a vital part of the entertainment business. My humble appreciation to the Television Academy for having this category. Yes, it is also a huge win for me being the first Chinese American Stunt Coordinator to win an Emmy! My “million dollar” question is why the Academy of Motion Pictures (The Oscars) refuses to recognize and honor the stunt community!!!”For more information on this article please connect to Danny on his official Facebook Page:


For more information on James Lew, please check out his IMDB page:


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About the Author

Dan Templegod
Dan Templegod

I have written for more than a half dozen movie and music magazines. Zazz, Jam, The Wild Rag, Revelations, Sirens Of Cinema, Tampa Bay Spike, and Vengeance. All have ceased to exist, welcome to the age of the internet!! I currently write for Dan’s Movie Report



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