Emmy nod a slap on back for drama

Packing a punch ... Hector (Jonathan LaPaglia) and Aisha (Sophie Okonedo) in The Slap.
Packing a punch ... Hector (Jonathan LaPaglia) and Aisha (Sophie Okonedo) in The Slap.

THE critically acclaimed Australian drama The Slap has been nominated for an award at the prestigious International Emmy Awards.

The local version of The Amazing Race, produced by the Seven Network, has also been nominated.

The Slap is nominated in the drama category, against programs from France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Argentina.

The Amazing Race Australia is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category, against programs from Singapore, Spain and Brazil.

There are 38 nominees from 15 countries in nine categories.

In a separate announcement yesterday, the Australian teen drama Slide was nominated for an International Emmy for children's programming. It is the first time the television academy in the US has held separate awards for children's programs.

Slide was a multi-platform drama produced for Foxtel by Playmaker Media. It has been nominated in the children's drama series category against programs from Brazil, Japan and Norway.

Other nominated programs at the main International Emmy Awards include the British hit Absolutely Fabulous, which has been nominated in the comedy category against another British show, Spy, as well as programs from Brazil and Belgium.

Australia could take some credit for that Emmy nomination as well: the nominated episodes of Absolutely Fabulous were produced by London-based Australian Justin Davies.

The anthology drama Black Mirror, which was launched on SBS this week, has been nominated in the outstanding TV movie or miniseries category, against dramas from Japan, Brazil and France.

The International Emmy Awards are connected to the annual ''prime time'' Emmy Awards, although they are only open to programs produced outside the US.

Australian programs are not often nominated as the process to enter is expensive and the awards are not as prominently positioned on the Australian radar as the ''prime time'' Emmys.

They are one of several spin-off awards ceremonies produced annually under the Emmy banner.

In addition to the ''prime time'' Emmys in September and the International Emmys in November, they include the Daytime Emmys, the Sports Emmys, the News and Documentary Emmys and the Technology and Engineering Emmys.

The winners of the 40th International Emmy Awards will be announced at a gala event in New York on November 19.

The winners of the International Emmy Kids Awards will be announced in New York on February 8.

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