Aussies eye Emmys haul

There will be plenty of Aussies at next month’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, with Toni Collette, Rose Byrne and key crew members of the Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg produced World War II TV mini-series, The Pacific, shot in Melbourne and Queensland, scoring nominations.

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The Pacific picked up 24 nominations, more than any other show, with new musical-comedy series Glee the next best with 19 and Mad Men third with 17.

The Pacific’s domination is a big thumbs up for the Australian TV and film industry, with the mini-series shot at Melbourne’s Central City Studios and locations around the Victorian capital, including Flinders Street Station, as well as Port Douglas, Mossman and Rocky Point Island in Queensland.

Australian crew members nominated for Emmys for their work on The Pacific include art director Richard Hobbs, casting director Christine King and make-up artist Chiara Tripodi.

Former Australia’s Funniest Home Video’s host Kim Kilbey, now based in Los Angeles, was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a producer on America’s version of Dancing with the Stars. The show is nominated for outstanding TV reality competition program and is up against Amazing Race, American Idol and Project Runway.

Simon Baker who was the golden boy of American TV last year, earning an Emmy nomination for his starring role on the hit drama series, The Mentalist, had bad news at Thursday’s Emmy nomination ceremony, when he was left out in the cold by Emmy voters.

Another Aussie, Rachel Griffiths, was also snubbed for a supporting role nomination for her work on the drama series, Brothers and Sisters.

Baker’s snub was one of the biggest surprises.

The lead actor in a drama TV series category was full of familiar faces and a few shocks, with last year’s winner Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Hugh Laurie for House, Jon Hamm for Mad Men and Dexter’s Michael C Hall nominated as expected. Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler and Lost’s Matthew Fox, riding high following the mystery series’ finale, squeezed Baker out.

The Mentalist was also snubbed in the TV drama series category, with Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men, True Blood and Lost filling the six slots.

Collette, for her challenging role in United States of Tara, will go head-to-head with 30 Rock’s Tina Fey for lead actress in a comedy series. Collette won the Emmy last year.

The other actresses challenging frontrunners Collette and Fey are: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine); Leah Michele (Glee); and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Byrne was also nominated last year in the supporting actress drama category for Damages, and again scored an invite.

The Emmy winners are decided by the 16,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on August 29 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon.

The ceremony will air live in Australia on Foxtel’s FOX8 channel August 30 at 10am AEST.

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