Lake minis­eries likely for Emmy

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TTop of the Lake HE twists and turns of Jane Cam­pion’s crit­i­cally­ac­claimed minis­eries Top of the Lake could lead it all the way to the win­ner’s podium at Amer­ica’s big­gest TV awards cer­e­mony.

The nom­i­na­tions for 2013 Prime­time Emmy Awards will be an­nounced at the Leonard H. Gold­en­son Theatre in North Hol­ly­wood to­day, with New Zealand writer-di­rec­tor Cam­pion ex­pected to re­ceive nods, Top of the Lake al­most cer­tain to be named in the out­stand­ing minis­eries-TV movie cat­e­gory and its ac­tors Elis­a­beth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mul­lan, David Wen­ham and Thomas M. Wright good chances of hear­ing their names called out.

‘‘A friend said to me, ‘It doesn’t mat­ter if you are not nom­i­nated, but when you are it does’,’’ says Melbourne-born Wright, who, off the suc­cess of Top of the Lake, moved to Los An­ge­les and was cast in the new se­ries, The Bridge.

The seven-episode Top of the Lake, shot in New Zealand, aired in the US on the lit­tle-watched Sun­dance Chan­nel, but has gen­er­ated plenty of prenom­i­na­tion heat and scored many cover sto­ries in ma­jor pub­li­ca­tions fol­low­ing over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­views from Amer­ica’s elite TV crit­ics.

‘‘ Top of the Lake is riv­et­ingly odd, al­most op­pres­sively at­mo­spheric and thor­oughly en­tranc­ing. And come Emmy time, a hard place to top,’’ USA To­day’s Robert Blanco writes.

While reg­u­lar Emmy nom­i­nees Mod­ern Fam­ily, The Big Bang The­ory, 30 Rock, Girls and Louie are ex­pected to dom­i­nate the com­edy se­ries cat­e­gories and Home­land, Game of Thrones, Down­ton Abbey, Break­ing Bad, Mad Men and House of Cards are tipped to fill most of the drama nom­i­na­tions, Top of the Lake has plenty of strong chal­lengers in the minis­eries-movie cat­e­gories.

The Lib­er­ace biopic Be­hind the Can­de­labra, star­ring Michael Dou­glas and Matt Da­mon, will likely be nom­i­nated, along with Phil Spec­tor, di­rected by David Mamet and star­ring Helen Mir­ren and Al Pa­cino.

At the re­cent Crit­ics’ Choice TV Awards cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les, Moss, (best known for her Mad Men role) beat An­gela Bas­sett ( Betty & Coretta), Jessica Lange ( Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Asy­lum) and Sigour­ney Weaver ( Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mals) for the best minis­eries­movie lead ac­tress tro­phy for her Top of the Lake role.

When Cal­i­for­nia-born Moss was cast as the lead in Top of the Lake, play­ing an Aus­tralian de­tec­tive who re­turns to her small home town in New Zealand, it caused a furore in Aus­tralia, with the ABC pulling its $600,000 in fund­ing for the pro­ject.

The 65th Prime­time Emmy cer­e­mony will be held on Septem­ber 22.

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