Lake miniseries likely for Emmy
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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