Matching its tally from last year, Enterprise earned five nominations in its second season for the 55th Annual Emmy Awards announced this morning, but three of those nominations are in the same category.

"Dead Stop," "The Crossing" and the season finale "The Expanse" were three of the five nominees in the category Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series, with the entire VFX teams headed by Dan Curry, Ronald B. Moore and Mitch Suskin named (see full lists below). Last year Enterprise had two nominations in that category, and the series pilot "Broken Bow" ended up winning (related story). This year the only competition is from Joss Whedon-produced shows: UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fox's Firefly.

Another repeat nomination is in Outstanding Makeup For A Series (Prosthetic), for "Canamar." Michael Westmore's team of 16 makeup artists were all named. Among the competitors in this category is HBO's Six Feet Under, which beat Enterprise last year.

Finally, Dennis McCarthy's score for "The Expanse" is vying for the Emmy in Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore). He is competing against composers for The Agency, JAG, Odyssey 5 and 24. This is McCarthy's seventh Emmy nomination on behalf of Star Trek, and if he triumphs, it would be his second time — in 1993 he won for the main title theme music for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Last year the Enterprise episode "Two Days and Two Nights" won Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series, but the show has no nominations in that category this time.