Bartlett, Snook lead Australia’s Emmy charge as HBO’s Succession wrapped in nominations

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Australia has scored a trove of nominations at this year’s upcoming Emmy Awards, but as Hollywood navigates the looming actor’s strike, joining the already striking writers, American television’s night of nights could be delayed until the end of the year or possibly early 2024.

US studios are in talks with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which stage the annual Emmy Awards, about how best to proceed if a strike by the actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA, proceeds this week. Best-case scenario predictions suggest that if the actors strike, they could be out until at least the end of the year.

Murray Bartlett, with Nick Offerman in the critically acclaimed third episode of The Last of Us, has two Emmys in his sights.Credit: HBO/Binge

According to US media reports, the Academy is pushing for a November broadcast, while broadcaster Fox is said to prefer January. The problem with January is that it would push the Emmys into film awards season. And cancellation is not an option, as the Emmys are marking a major anniversary this year – their 75th.

Whatever the outcome, the night will likely bring glory for the HBO series Succession, one of the most talked about shows of the year, which scooped the pool of nominations. Among the other key nominees are the Star Wars series Andor, Netflix’s perennial favourite The Crown and two other HBO projects, The Last of Us and The White Lotus.

Leading the charge for Australia is actor Murray Bartlett with two Emmy nominations: one for his work on Welcome to Chippendales in the supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie category, and another for the HBO series The Last of Us, in the guest actor in a drama series category.

Australian Succession star Sarah Snook is also nominated for her work on the critically acclaimed HBO series, in one of the toughest categories on the night, competing against New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Keri Russell (The Diplomat).

Sarah Snook (centre) as Shiv Roy in HBO’s Succession, which scored the highest number of Emmy nominations.Credit: Foxtel/HBO

Australian director Kim Gehrig is nominated in the outstanding commercial category, for her work on the Apple commercial The Greatest. The commercial also won Gehrig the Director’s Guild of America award for directorial achievement in commercials earlier this year.

Another Australian, director and producer Fletcher Moules, is nominated as one of the producers of the animated music special Entergalactic, created by American musician and actor Kid Cudi as a visual companion to the album of the same name. Entergalactic is nominated in the animated program category.

And Australian composer (and Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate) Allyson Newman has been nominated for her work on the series The L Word: Generation Q in the outstanding original music and lyrics category. Newman is up against composers from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Ted Lasso and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

Another prominent New Zealander, costume designer Kate Hawley, was nominated in the outstanding fantasy/sci-fi costume category for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

The winners of the Creative Arts Emmys will be announced on September 9 and 10. The 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards is scheduled to air on September 18, 2023.

List of nominees in key categories:

  • Drama series: Andor, Better Call Saul, The Crown, House of the Dragon, The Last of Us, Succession, The White Lotus, Yellowjackets
  • Lead actor in a drama series: Jeff Bridges (The Old Man), Brian Cox (Succession), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us), Jeremy Strong (Succession)
  • Lead actress in a drama series: Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Bella Ramsay (The Last of Us), Keri Russell (The Diplomat), Sarah Snook (Succession)
  • Supporting actor in a drama series: F. Murray Abraham (The White Lotus), Nicholas Braun (Succession), Michael Imperioli (The White Lotus), Theo James (The White Lotus), Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), Will Sharpe (The White Lotus), Alexander Skarsgård (Succession)
  • Supporting actress in a drama series: Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus), Elizabeth Debicki (The Crown), Meghann Fahy (The White Lotus), Sabrina Impacciatore (The White Lotus), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), J. Smith-Cameron (Succession), Simona Tabasco (The White Lotus)
  • Comedy series: Abbott Elementary, Barry, The Bear, Jury Duty, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso, Wednesday
  • Lead actor in a comedy series: Bill Hader (Barry), Jason Segel (Ted Lasso), Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building), Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso), Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)
  • Lead actress in a comedy series: Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Natasha Lynonne (Poker Face), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
  • Supporting actor in a comedy series: Anthony Carrigan (Barry), Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso), Brett Goldestein (Ted Lasso), James Marsden (Jury Duty), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Bear), Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary), Henry Winkler (Barry)
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series: Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), Janelle James (Abbott Elementary), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary), Juno Temple (Ted Lasso), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Jessica Williams (Shrinking)
  • Limited or anthology series: Beef, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Daisy Jones & The Six, Fleischman Is In Trouble, Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie: Taron Edgerton (Blackbird), Kumail Nanjiani (Welcome to Chippendales), Evan Peters (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Daniel Radcliffe (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story), Michael Shannon (George & Tammy), Steven Yeun (Beef)
  • Lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie: Lizzy Kaplan (Fleishman Is In Trouble), Jessica Chastain (George & Tammy), Dominique Fishback (Swarm), Kathryn Hahn (The Beautiful Things), Riley Keough (Daisy Jones & The Six), Ali Wong (Beef)
  • Supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie: Murray Bartlett (Welcome to Chippendales), Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird), Richard Jenkins (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Joseph Lee (Beef), Ray Liotta (Black Bird), Young Mazino (Beef), Jesse Plemons (Love & Death)
  • Supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie: Annaleigh Ashford (Welcome to Chippendales), Maria Bello (Beef), Claire Danes (Fleishman Is In Trouble), Juliette Lewis (Welcome to Chippendales), Camila Morrone (Daisy Jones & The Six), Niecy Nash-Betts (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Merritt Wever (Tiny Beautiful Things)
  • Animated program: Bob’s Burgers, Entergalactic, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, Rick and Morty, The Simpsons
  • Directing for a comedy series: Bill Hader (Barry), The Bear (Christopher Storer), Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Mary Lou Belli (The Ms Pat Show), Declan Lowney (Ted Lasso), Tim Burton (Wednesday)
  • Directing for a drama series: Banjamin Caron (Andor), Dearbhla Walsh (Bad Sisters), Peter Hoar (The Last of Us), Andrij Parekh (Succession), Mark Mylod (Succession), Lorene Scafaria (Succession), Mike White (The White Lotus)
  • Directing for limited or anthology series or movie: Lee Sung Jim (Beef), Jake Schreier (Beef), Carl Franklin (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Paris Barclay (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Valerie Faris (Fleishman Is In Trouble), Dan Trachtenberg (Prey)
  • Original main title theme music: Nicholas Britell (Andor), Holly Amber Church (Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), Laura Karpman (Ms Marvel), Danny Elfman (Wednesday)
  • Reality competition program: The Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Survivor, Top Chef, The Voice
  • Talk series: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Problem with Jon Stewart

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