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Emmys 2010: The Pacific and Glee lead nominees

The Pacific

Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg’s epic World War II mini-series The Pacific leads the nominees for the US TV Emmys (2010) with a total of 24 nods.

The series, narrated by Tom Hanks – who is also an executive producer – is nominated in categories including best mini-series. Shown on Sky Movies earlier this year, it chronicles the true story of three Marines fighting America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific.

It’s pitted against the BBC’s Return To Cranford, starring Dame Judi Dench, in the main mini-series category.

Also prominent among the nominees is musical sensation Glee, which landed a total of 19 nominations, including best comedy. It is widely tipped to end 30 Rock‘s three year dominance of that category.

Glee and 30 Rock go up against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie and The Office in that category.

Glee, which is broadcast on E4 and Channel 4 in the UK, also received best comedy actor nominations for Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester, and Lea Michele, aka Rachel Berry in the series.

British talent

British talent is also recognised prominently among the nominees, with Dame Judi Dench nominated for best actress in a mini-series for Return To Cranford along with fellow Briton Dame Maggie Smith for Capturing Mary.

Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Sheen, meanwhile, go up against each other in the best actor category – the former for the TV remake of The Prisoner and the latter [Sheen] in the running for his latest portrayal of Tony Blair in The Special Relationship, penned by Peter Morgan, screenwriter of both The Queen and Frost/Nixon.

Morgan himself is recognised in the mini-series writing category, while the drama is in the running for best TV movie.

Another prominent Brit to make the shortlist is Dame Judi’s Cranford co-star Jonathan Pryce, who is up for best supporting actor in a mini-series.

And regular nominee Hugh Laurie once again finds himself on the best actor shortlist for House.

Other actors flying the flag for the UK include Sir Patrick Stewart, for Hamlet, and Sir Michael Gambon, for BBC Jane Austen adaptation Emma. Both men are up for best supporting actor in a mini-series.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has been shortlisted for the reality award, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story for non-fiction special and cartoon podcast The Ricky Gervais Show for best animation.

Lost, True Blood and Mad Men shortlisted

As widely predicted, sci-fi drama Lost – which concluded this year after six seasons – scored two notable nominations.

Matthew Fox was shortlisted in the best actor category, along with Laurie, last year’s victor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).

And the show itself was also shortlisted for best drama series along with The Good Wife, Mad Men, Dexter, Breaking Bad and True Blood.

Period drama Mad Men has 17 nominations in total, and is yet again seen as one of the favourites to walk away from the ceremony with some trophies.

The 62nd Emmy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on August 29, 2010.

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