Australia has mounted its biggest Emmy offensive on record, with nine nominees chasing eleven of the night's golden statues. Some of Australia's biggest stars - Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Toni Collette - are nominated, along with our best creative talent, including screenwriter Tony McNamara and cinematographer Greig Fraser.
Sarah Snook, the star of the HBO series Succession, is an early favourite in perhaps the toughest category: supporting actress in a drama, and up against Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Laura Dern and Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), Julia Garner (Ozark) and Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale).
Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 2020 Emmy Awards.Credit:Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
When the nominations were announced Adelaide-born Snook, 32, said she was "incredibly chuffed to be receiving my first Emmy nomination. What the actual, yikes!", adding that her fellow nominees were "immeasurably wonderful folk."
"So many people contribute to making this show what it is, so here's to [them], congratulations," Snook said.
The nomination caps off an extraordinary year for Snook; she is currently starring opposite Seth Rogen in An American Pickle and has been cast as the lead in Searchlight's adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
The 72nd annual "primetime" Emmys conclude on Monday night, after five nights of gongs focused on the industry's creative arts.
Greig Fraser's acceptance speech at the "virtual" Creative Arts Emmys.Credit:Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
For some there was early victory. Greig Fraser has already taken home the Emmy for cinematography for a single-camera half-hour series category for his work on the hit Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Not so lucky was Australian composer Antonio Gambale, nominated for outstanding music composition for a limited series and outstanding original main title theme music for his work on Netflix's Unorthodox.
Closer, closer ... too close! Alfie Allen and the cast of Game of Thrones doing what you won't see at this year's Emmys.Credit:Instagram
Saturday's final night of the creative arts Emmys saw Hannah Gadsby nominated for both outstanding variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special for Douglas and Justine Seymour nominated for outstanding contemporary costumes for Unorthodox.
And in Monday's primetime Emmys telecast, Australia mounts its biggest offensive: Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett in lead actor and actress in a limited series for their work on Bad Education and Mrs America respectively, Sarah Snook and Toni Collette in the supporting actress categories, for Succession and Unbelievable, and Tony McNamara in the writing for a comedy series category, for his series The Great.
In many respects this year's Emmys is an open field; due to Covid-19 restrictions the traditional auditorium will be replaced by a "virtual" telecast with 138 stars from 114 locations across 10 countries.
Altered viewing habits during the "for your consideration" voting period has shifted the mix of nominees, with fringe hits like Schitt's Creek, What We Do in the Shadows, The Mandalorian and Stranger Things edging into the key comedy and drama categories.
The 72nd annual primetime Emmy awards will air on Monday, September 21 from 10am on Fox Arena and will stream via Foxtel.