Aussies miss out on Emmys

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Despite a hefty pile of nominations, Australian producers and actors across Hollywood walked away almost empty-handed at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Hopes that nominees Toni Collette and Rose Byrne would pick up one of the highly respected statues were dashed at the awards ceremony on August 29.

After winning Best Comedy Actress for United States of Tara in 2009, Collette this year lost out in the same category to Edie Falco for her role as Jackie Peyton in the quirky comedy-drama Nurse Jackie.

Falco has previously won three Emmy awards during her time portraying mob wife Carmela in the hit series The Sopranos.

Fellow Australian actress Rose Byrne missed out for the second time in a row for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Damages, which she was nominated for last year as well. British actress Archie Panjabi picked up the Emmy for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife.

On the other side of the coin, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's The Pacific, which was filmed in Queensland and Victoria, took away several prizes, including best mini-series.

While accepting the award for Outstanding Mini-Series, Hanks credited the Australian crew, saying that "every day, [they] seemed to move heaven and earth" during the show's production.

As a result of this hard work, Australians managed to reign supreme at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards that happened several weeks ago, including casting directors, make-up artists and sound designers, whose work was focused largely on The Pacific.

Congrats to all the 62nd Primetime Emmy Award winners, be they Aussie or not!

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