Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Outstanding Drama Series


1938 Los Angeles is a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.

For Your Consideration

Outstanding Drama Series

Executive Producers: John Logan, Michael Aguilar, Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes
Co-Executive Producers: Mark Tobey, Jim Bagley
Supervising Producer: Paco Cabezas

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Paco Cabezas

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Bernard Telsey, CSA, Casting Director

Tiffany Little Canfield, CSA, Casting Director

Josh Einsohn, CSA, Casting Director

Outstanding Cinematography

John Conroy, ISC

Pedro Luque, SCU

Outstanding Period Costumes

Outstanding Period Hairstyling

Outstanding Period Makeup

Outstanding Production Design

Maria Caso, Production Designer

Jason Garner, Art Director

David Potts, Art Director

Brent Cottrell-Mannon, Set Decorator

Outstanding Editing

Victor Dubois

Tad Dennis

Outstanding Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing

Outstanding Writing

John Logan


City of Angels isn’t merely good, it’s divine”

– TV Line


– Chicago Sun-Times

“Strong performances”

– The New York Times


– Variety

“atmospheric and wonderfully acted… beautifully shot”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“richly imagined and beautifully brought to life”


“beautiful production design, great special effects and strong performances from the cast”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“atmospheric and wonderfully acted… beautifully shot”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“In the sets, locations, and costumes, the attention to historical detail is rich.”

– TV Guide

“gorgeously recreates the period”

– Rolling Stone

“Maria Casio’s production design and the costumes by Christie Wittenborn are instantly evocative and focusing on”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“The production design on City of Angels is.. a dream, with a sense of the culture shining in every corner of the frame”

– Collider

“enviable production values and Logan’s trademark dialogue… cinematography gorgeous enough to convince you that you’ve glimpsed heaven”

– TV Line


Natalie Dormer

as Magda, Alex, Elsa and Rio

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

“[Dormer] is an utter scene stealer”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“Dormer is…terrific, vanishing so completely into her myriad alter egos that it would be easy to forget that they’re all on the same villainess”

– TV Line

“several… evocative performances are being delivered by Natalie Dormer”

– Variety

“[Dormer] makes each character she plays feel fully formed and vibrant”

– Indiewire

Daniel Zovatto

as Tiago Vega

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

“Daniel Zovatto, making the absolute most of the rich material”

– TV Line

Nathan Lane

as Lewis Michener

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

“Lane is killing it”

– Indiewire

“Nathan Lane, who admirably enables us to forget we’re watching Nathan Lane”

– TV Line

Rory Kinnear

as Dr. Peter Craft

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Adriana Barraza

as Maria Vega

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Michael Gladis

as Councilmen Charlton Townsend

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Nieves

as Mateo Vega

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jessica Garza

as Josefina Vega

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Kerry Bishe

as Sister Molly

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series


S1 E1 | “Santa Muerte”

Los Angeles, 1938. Tiago Vega, the LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective and his partner, Lewis Michener, investigate a murder. While at City Hall, Tiago’s activist brother Raul Vega battles with the fiery Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California’s first freeway. Meanwhile, Peter Craft, the head of the German-American Bun, meets Elsa, the mysterious mother of one of his patients. Sensing danger, Tiago’s mother Maria pleads with Santa Muerte to protect her family as the rising tensions in the city threaten to explode. 

S1 E2 | “Dead People Lie Down Early”

Raul Vega lies on the brink of death as his brother Mateo meets the charismatic Pachuco Fly Rico. Tiago and Lewis’s investigation leads them to the temple of the radio evangelist, Sister Molly Finnister and her formidable mother, Miss Adelaide. Councilman Townsend and his cunning assistant Alex capitalize on the discord in the city to further their political goals. Peter Craft has a chance encounter with Elsa at the beach and his sons meet her unnerving boy, Frank. That night, Lewis and his old friends investigate clandestine Third Reich activities.

S1 E3 | “Wicked Old World”

Tiago and Molly visit Santa Monica Pier in an effort to escape their complicated lives. Livid at the murder of his friends, Lewis interrogates Brian Koenig, a young Cal-Tech student. Townsend and Alex’s political agenda is jeopardized when Councilwoman Beverly Beck vows to fight them. Peter Craft discovers a dark truth when he visits Elsa at home. Mateo visits the Crimson Cat dance hall and is invited into a seductive, dangerous new world. 

S1 E4 | “Josefina and The Holy Spirit”

Tiago scours Sister Molly’s beach house for clues, leading to disquieting revelations. Councilwoman Beck proposes an alternate route for the Arroyo-Seco motorway, infuriating Townsend. Peter Craft invites Elsa to a party at his home, inflaming the suspicions of his wife Linda. With nowhere else to turn, Lewis asks the gangster Benny Berman to help battle the growing Nazi menace in LA. And after Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter with the police, Mateo seeks retribution with his new Pachuco friends as Josefina pursues spiritual enlightenment with Sister Molly.

S1 E5 | “Children of the Royal Sun”

Mateo grapples with the aftermath of his actions. Josefina confides in Sister Molly, who’s shocked to discover Josefina is Tiago’s sister. Tiago and Lewis’s investigation takes them from the Sonoratown slums to the Vega House. Dottie befriends Brian as Alex lectures Townsend about his personal life. That night, Peter receives an alarming phone call from Elsa and Tiago confronts Mateo.

S1 E6 | “How it is with Brothers”

Tiago and Lewis interrogate Diego, seeking a confession, while Lewis senses Tiago is hiding something from him. Adelaide warns Molly about her personal desires jeopardizing the Temple’s future. Townsend learns of Kurt’s surprising past. Peter Craft makes a dramatic decision about his marriage with Linda. Maria tracks down Mateo and pleads with him to come home.

S1 E7 | “Maria and the Beast”

Molly visits Tiago at his apartment as he wrestles with guilt over Diego’s confession. Dottie and Lewis confront Brian for lying about his dueling allegiances. Elsa and Frank move in with the Crafts, igniting fear in Tom and Maria. Alex and Townsend deliberate about how to defeat Councilwoman Beck. Josefina’s newfound faith puts her at odds with her family. Lewis enlists a reluctant Tiago to join his covert operations and Maria summons Santa Muerte, but an uninvited guest arrives with her.

S1 E8 | “Hide and Seek”

Lewis confronts Townsend in his office and Tiago questions Adelaide, where he discovers Josefina is now a member of the Sister Molly’s congregation. Rio implores Mateo to forget his old family and embrace her and the Pachucos. Peter visits Linda at the asylum, only to find her ready for war. Townsend and Kurt go on a dangerous outing, while Peter Craft argues with members of the German-American Bund. In the Craft home, Frank terrorizes Tom and Trevor as Maria fights to protect them from the demonic child.

S1 E9 | “Sing, Sing, Sing”

In danger, Tiago and Lewis must make bold decisions. With Townsend at the end of his rope, he’s forced to turn to a last resort. Spurred by Elsa, Peter decides to take Tom, Trevor and Frank to the movies. Lewis oversees the prison transfer of Diego Lopez as Tiago and Molly go dancing at the Crimson Cat, where they confront the rest of the Vega family.

S1 E10 | “Day of the Dead”

When sad news spreads through the Crimson Cat, Fly Rico tries to placate the volatile crowd while Rio argues for vengeance. Peter Craft, Elsa and the boys are trapped in their car amidst a riot as Tiago tries to help Mateo. Townsend celebrates the sudden rise of his political fortunes. Tiago and Molly face reality about their relationship and Molly confronts Miss Adelaide. Lewis and Tiago rush to protect Brian from the Nazis. The Vega family gathers for a moving Day of the Dead ceremony.